14 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the report of Jesus 2 and said to his servants, This one is John the Baptist; he has been raised from the dead; and, therefore, powers are working in him. 3 For Herod had arrested John, and bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of Philip, his brother. 4 For John kept saying to him, It is not lawful for you to have her. 5 And, though he wished to kill him, he was afraid of the multitude, because they held him as a prophet. 6 But on the occasion of Herod's birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced in their midst, and she pleased Herod; 7 whereupon with an oath he swore to give her whatever she might ask. 8 And being incited by her mother, she said, Give me here upon a platter the head of John the Baptist. 9 Though the king was saddened, because of the oath and those reclining with him, he ordered it to be given; 10 and he sent and had John beheaded in prison. 11 And his head was brought on a platter and given to the maiden, and she brought it to her mother. 12 Then his disciples came, and took the body, and buried it; and they went and reported to Jesus. 13 When Jesus heard these things, He departed from thence in a boat unto a desert place privately; and the multitudes, hearing, followed Him on foot from the cities. 14 And going forth, Jesus saw a great multitude, and was moved with pity toward them, and healed their sicknesses. 15 When it was evening, the disciples came to Him, saying, This place is desolate, and the hour has already passed; send the multitudes away, in order that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves. 16 But Jesus said to them, They do not have any need to go away; you give them something to eat 17 But they said to Him, Here we have nothing except five loaves and two fishes. 18 Then He said, Bring them here to me. 19 And He ordered the multitudes to recline upon the grass; took the five loaves and the two fishes; looked toward heaven; gave thanks; and, having broken, gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave them to the multitudes. 20 And all ate and were filled, and they took up that which remained over of the broken fragments, twelve baskets full. 21 And those eating were men, about five thousand, apart from women and children.
22 And immediately Jesus had the disciples get into a boat and to precede Him to the other side, until He should send the multitudes away. 23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into the mountain privately to pray; and, when it was evening, He was there alone. 24 But the boat already was many furlongs distant from the land and was being lashed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. 25 In the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking upon the sea. 26 And seeing Him walking on the water, the disciples became terrified, saying, It is a ghost; and they cried out from fear. 27 Immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, Be of good courage; it is I; cease being afraid. 28 And replying to Him, Peter said, Lord, if it be Thou, order me to come to Thee on the water. 29 And He said, Come. And getting down out of the boat, Peter walked upon the water and went to Jesus. 30 But, when he saw the wind, he became frightened, and began to sink, and cried out, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, took hold of him, and said to him, You are of little faith; why did you doubt? 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased; 33 and in the boat they knelt before Him, saying, Truly, Thou art the Son of God.
34 Crossing over to the other side, they came to the land, to Gennesaret. 35 The men of that place recognized Him, and sent to that entire region round about, and brought to Him all that were sick. 36 And they kept imploring Him that they might just touch the border of His garment, and as many as touched were completely healed.
15 At that time Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem, saying, 2 Why do Thy disciples transgress the traditions of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat food. 3 But replying, He said to them, Why do you also transgress the commandment of God on account of your tradition? 4 For God said, Honor your father and your mother, and whoever speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death. 5 But you say, Whoever says to his father or his mother, That wherewith you might have been profited by me is given to God, 6 he shall by no means honor his father or his mother. You nullify the word of God because of your traditions. 7 Hypocrites, accurately Isaiah prophesied concerning you, saying,
8 This people with their lips honor me,
But their heart is far from me.
9 Vainly they worship me,
Teaching for doctrines commandments of men.¹
¹ Isaiah 29:13.
10 Then He called the multitude and said to them, Listen and understand: 11 not that which enters into the mouth defiles the man, but that proceeding out of the mouth, this defiles the man. 12 Then the disciples came to Him, saying, Dost Thou know that the Pharisees, upon hearing this message, were offended? 13 And replying, He said, Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. 14 Let them alone; they are blind leaders of the blind; and, if one blind man leads another, both will fall into the pit.
15 Replying, Peter said to Him, Explain to us this parable. 16 And He said, Even now are you also without understanding? 17 Do you not know that everything entering into the mouth goes into the stomach and then is cast out into the draught? 18 But the things coming out of the mouth come forth out of the heart, and these things defile the man. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts: murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies. 20 These are the things defiling the man, but eating with unwashed hands does not defile the man.
21 When Jesus left there, He withdrew into the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanitish woman of those regions came and kept crying out, saying, Have mercy upon me, Lord, Son of David. My daughter is terribly demonized. 23 But He did not answer her a word. Then His disciples came and besought Him, saying, Send her away, because she keeps crying after us. 24 Then replying, He said, I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25 Then she came and knelt before Him, saying, Lord, help me. 26 Replying, He said, It is not fitting to take the children's loaf and to throw it to the little dogs. 27 Then she said, Yes, Lord, for even the little dogs always eat of the crumbs falling from the table of their masters. 28 Then replying, Jesus said to her, 0 woman, great is your faith! Let it be done as you will. And her daughter was healed from that hour.
29 Now when Jesus left that place, He went along the sea of Galilee, and went up into the mountain, and kept sitting there. 30 And great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, the crippled, the blind, the dumb, and many others, and laid them at His feet; and He healed them, 31 so that the multitude marveled when they saw the dumb speaking, the crippled made whole, and the lame walking around, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.
32 And Jesus called His disciples and said, I am moved with pity toward the multitude, because already three days they have remained with me, and they do not have anything to eat; and I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the road. 33 And the disciples said to Him, Whence can we get bread enough in this desert place so as to fill such a multitude? 34 And Jesus said to them, How many loaves do you have? They said to Him, Seven loaves and a few small fishes. 35 And Jesus commanded the multitude to recline on the ground, 36 and He took the seven loaves and the fishes; and, having returned thanks, He broke and kept giving to the disciples; and the disciples, in turn, to the multitudes. 37 And all ate and were filled, and of the fragments which remained, they took up seven baskets full. 38 And those eating were four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 When Jesus had sent the multitudes away, He got into a boat and went into the regions of Magadan.
16 The Pharisees and Sadducees came up and, to test Him, asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 And replying, He said unto them,² When it is evening, you say, It will be fair weather: for the heaven is red. 3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather today: for the heaven is red and lowering. You know how to discern the face of the heaven; but you cannot discern the signs of the times. 4 A wicked and adulterous generation constantly seeks a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. Then he left, and He went away.
² "The following words to the end of verse 3 are omitted by some of the most ancient and other important authorities" (American Standard Version).
5 When the disciples went to the other side of the lake, they forgot to take bread. 6 And Jesus said to them, Look out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. 7 But they thought within themselves, saying, We took no bread. 8 But knowing it, Jesus said, Why reason among yourselves, 0 you of little faith, because you have no bread? 9 Do you not yet know, and do you not remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets full you took up? 10 Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets full you took up? 11 How do you not consider that not of bread I spoke to you? But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. 12 Then they understood that He spoke not to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
13 As Jesus was coming into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, saying, Who do men say that the Son of man is? 14 They said, Some say, John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets. 15 He said to them, But who do you say that I am? 16 Replying, Simon Peter said, Thou art the Messiah, the Son of the living God. 17 Replying, Jesus said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father, who is in heaven. 18 And I say to you that you are Peter [Gr. Petros], and upon this rock [Gr. Petra] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19 I shall give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind upon the earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose upon the earth will have been loosed in heaven. 20 Then He strictly charged the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Messiah.
21 From that time and forward, Messiah Jesus began to show clearly to His disciples that it behooved Him to go to Jerusalem, to suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, to be killed, and to be raised the third day. 22 Then Peter took Him and began to reprove Him, saying, Lord, may God be merciful to Thee; this shall by no means come to Thee. 23 Turning, He said to Peter, Get behind me, Satan; for you are a stumbling block of mine, because you are not considering the things of God, but the things of men.
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone wills to come after me, let him deny himself, and let him take up his cross and keep on following me. 25 For whoever wills to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life because of me will find it. 26 For what is a man profited if he gain the entire world, but forfeit his own life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life? 27 For the Son of man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then will He render to everyone according to His practice. 28 In solemn truth I am telling you that some of those who are standing here will by no means taste of death until they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom.
17 And after six days Jesus took Peter, and James, and John his brother, and led them up into a high mountain privately. 2 And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone as the sun, and His garments became white as the light. 3 And, behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. 4 Replying, Peter said to Jesus, Lord, it is good that we are here. If Thou art willing, I shall make here three tabernacles: one for Thee, one for Moses, and one for Elijah. 5 While he was talking, behold, a white cloud overshadowed them; and there was a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is My Son, the Beloved, in whom I am well pleased; hear Him. 6 And the disciples heard, and fell upon their faces, and became exceedingly afraid. 7 Jesus came and touching them said, Get up and stop being afraid. 8 When they lifted their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus only.
9 And as they were coming down out of the mountain, Jesus strictly charged them, saying Tell the vision to no man until the Son of man is raised from the dead. 10 And the disciples asked Him, saying, Why, then, do the scribes say that it is necessary for Elijah to come first? 11 And replying, He said Elijah comes and will restore all things. 12 But I am telling you that Elijah already has come, and they did not recognize him, but they did in his case whatever they wished; in like manner also will the Son of man suffer by them. 13 Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist.
14 When they came to the multitude, a man came to Him, falling on his knees and saying, 15 Lord, have mercy upon my son, because he is an epileptic, and he is sick, for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16 And I brought Him to Thy disciples, and they have not been able to heal him. 17 Replying, Jesus said, 0 generation without faith and perverted, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me. 18 And Jesus rebuked it, and the demon came out of him, and the child was healed from that hour.
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, Why were we not able to cast it out? 20 And He said to them, On account of your little faith; for in solemn truth I am telling you that, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will speak to this mountain, Remove from here to there, and it shall remove, and nothing shall be impossible to you.