The Gospel According to St Matthew

Chapter 14

John the Baptist is beheaded—Jesus feeds the five thousand and walks on the sea—Those who touch the hem of His garment are made whole.

 At that time aHerod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,

 And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.

 ¶For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife.

 For John said unto him, It is not alawful for thee to have her.

 And awhen he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a bprophet.

 But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.

 Whereupon he apromised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.

 And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist’s head in a acharger.

 And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath’s sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.

 10 And he sent, and abeheaded John in the prison.

 11 And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother.

 12 And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.

 13 ¶When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.

 14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with acompassion toward them, and he healed their bsick.

 15 ¶And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves avictuals.

 16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.

 17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.

 18 He said, Bring them hither to me.

 19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and abrake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

 20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they atook up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.

 21 And they that had eaten were about afive thousand men, beside women and children.

 22 ¶And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.

 23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to apray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

 24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

 25 And ain the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good acheer; it is I; be not afraid.

 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was aafraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little afaith, wherefore didst thou bdoubt?

 32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.

 33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

 34 ¶And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.

 35 And when the men of that place ahad knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased;

 36 And besought him that they might only touch the ahem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly bwhole.