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Jesus Revisits Nazareth

1And he went out from there, and he came into his hometown, and his disciples followed him.
  2And when the Sabbath had come, he began to teach in the synagogue. And many who were listening to him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man learn these things?” And, “What is this wisdom that has been given to him, and how are such mighty works being done by his hands?
  3Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James, and Joses, and Judas, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they were offended by him.
  4And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own house.”
  5And he was not able to do any mighty work, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them.
  6And he was amazed because of their unbelief. And he went around the villages teaching.

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

7And he called the Twelve to himself, and began to send them out two by two. And he gave them authority over the unclean spirits,
  8and he instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey except a staff only, no bread, no traveler’s bag, no money in their belt,
  9but to wear sandals, and, he said, “Do not put on two tunics.”
  10And he said to them, “Wherever you enter into a house, stay there until you depart from that area.
  11And whatever place does not receive you or listen to you, when you leave there, shake off the dust that is under your feet for a testimony against them.”
  12And they went out and preached that people should repent.
  13And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them.

Herod and John the Baptist

14And king Herod heard about Jesus (for his name had become known), and he said, “John the Baptist has been raised out from among the dead, and that is why these powers work in him.”
  15But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets.”
  16But Herod, when he heard, said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.”

17For Herod himself had sent and laid hold on John and bound him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, for he had married her.
  18For John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
  19And Herodias nursed a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him, and yet she was not able to,
  20for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and so kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he liked to listen to him.

21But an opportune day came when Herod, on his birthday, made a supper for his lords, and the military commanders, and the most important men of Galilee.
  22And when the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and those who reclined to eat with him. And the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you want, and I will give it to you.”
  23And he swore to her, “Whatever you ask me for, I will give it to you, up to half of my kingdom.”
  24And she went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.”
  25And immediately she hurried back to the king, and asked, saying, “I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”
  26And the king was deeply grieved, but because of his oaths and those reclining to eat, he would not refuse her.
  27And immediately the king sent out a soldier of his guard, and commanded to bring his head. And he went and beheaded him in the prison
  28and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother.
  29And when his disciples heard about it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.

The Feeding of the Five Thousand

30And the apostles gathered together to Jesus, and they told him everything, all that they had done, and all that they had taught.
  31And he says to them, “Come away by yourselves to a solitary place, and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going and they did not even have a chance to eat.
  32And they went away by themselves in the boat to a solitary place.
  33And many saw them departing and knew where they were going, and they ran together there on foot from all the cities, and went before them.
  34And he came out of the boat and saw a great multitude, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he began to teach them many things.
  35And when the hour was well advanced, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place and the hour is now advanced.
  36Send them away so that they can go into the country and surrounding villages and buy themselves something to eat.”
  37But he answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat.” And they say to him, “Should we go and buy 200 denarii worth of bread, and give them to eat?”a
  38And he says to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they knew, they say, “Five, and two fish.”
  39And he commanded them to make everyone recline, group by group, on the green grass.
  40And they reclined, group by group, by hundreds and by fifties.
  41And he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and broke the loaves, and he kept giving them to the disciples to set before them, and the two fish he divided among them all.
  42And they all ate and were filled.
  43And they took up broken pieces, 12 basketfuls, and also of the fish.
  44And those who ate the loaves were 5,000 men.

Jesus Walks on the Water

45And immediately he compelled his disciples to enter into the boat and to go ahead of him to the other side, toward Bethsaida, while he himself was sending the multitude away.
  46And after he had taken leave of them, he departed to the mountain to pray.
  47And when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the lake and he was alone on the land.
  48And seeing them being battered as they rowed, for the wind was against them, about the fourth watch of the nightb he came to them walking on the lake. And he intended to pass by them,
  49but when they saw him walking on the lake, they supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out,
  50for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them, and says to them, “Take courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.”
  51And he went up to them into the boat, and the wind ceased, and they were greatly amazed among themselves,
  52for they had not gained any insight from the miracle of the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret

53And when they had crossed over, they came to the land at Gennesaret, and moored to the shore.
  54And when they had come out of the boat, immediately the people knew him
  55and ran around that whole region and began to carry on their beds those who were sick to wherever they heard he was.
  56And whenever he went into villages, or into cities, or into the countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him to let them touch even the tassels of his garment, and as many as touched him were made well.

A denarius coin was worth about a day’s wage for a laborer.
The night was divided into 4 watches: 1st: 6-9 PM; 2nd: 9 PM -midnight; 3rd: midnight -3 AM; 4th: 3-6 AM (Mark 13:35).

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