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He said to them :
Scribe who has been made a disciple to the Kingdom of Heaven, is like a man who is a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.
When Jesus had finished these parables he left there. And coming into his own country he taught them in their synagogue so they were astonished, and said:
“Where did this man get this wisdom and the power to do these great things? Is not this the carpenter's son ? Is not his mother called Mary, and his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas ? and his sisters, are they not all with us ? Where then did this man get all these things."
They were offended at him. But Jesus said to them :
“ A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country and in his own house."
And he did not do many great things there because of their unbelief.
At that time Prince Herod heard the report of Jesus, and said to his attendants :
“This is John the Baptist. He is risen from
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the dead and so these powers are working in him."
For Herod had laid hold of John and bound him and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, for John said to him:
It is not right for you to have her.” And when he would have put him to death he feared the crowd, because they counted him as a prophet.
But when Herod's birthday came the daughter of Herodias danced among them and pleased Herod and for this reason he promised with an oath to give her whatever she should ask. And she, led on by her mother, said : “Give me here on a dish the head of John the Baptist.” The King was sorry.
But for the sake of his oath and of those at table with him he commanded it to be given, and he sent and beheaded John in the prison : and his head was brought on a dish and given to the young girl, and she brought it to her mother.
His disciples came and took up the body and buried him, and went and told Jesus.
Now when Jesus heard it he went from there in a boat to a desert place apart. And when the crowds heard, they followed him on foot from the towns. And he came out and saw a great crowd and he pitied them and cured their sick.
And when evening had come the disciples came to him and said :
“ The place is desert, and the time is already past, send the crowds away that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food." But Jesus said to them :
They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat." “We have here but five loaves and two fish."
Bring them here to me." He directed the crowds to sit down on the grass, and he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven he blessed God and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples and the disciples to the crowds.
They all ate and were filled, and they took up what remained over of the broken pieces twelve baskets full.
Those who ate were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
He at once urged his disciples to get into a boat and to go before him to the other side, till he should send the crowds away. And after he had sent them away he went up into the mountain apart to pray. And when evening had come, he was there alone.
But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, distressed by the
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waves, for the wind was against her. And about daybreak he came to them, walking on the sea.
When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, and said :
“ It is a ghost!” and they cried out for fear. But Jesus at once spoke to them :
Courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.” “Lord, if it is you,” Peter answered him, “ bid me come to you on the waters.”
Come,” he said, and Peter went down from the boat and was walking on the waters to go to Jesus.
But when he saw the wind he was afraid, and began to sink, and cried out :
“Lord, save me !"
Jesus at once stretched out his hand and took nold of him : “O you of little faith! he said.
“Why did you doubt ? "
When they had got up into the boat the wind ceased. And those who were in the boat worshipped him and said :
“ You are indeed the Son of God.”
When they had crossed over they came to the land, to Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized him they sent out into the whole of that region and brought to him all the sick, and they begged him that they might but
touch the border of his garment: and as many as touched were cured.
Then Pharisees and scribes come to Jesus from Jerusalem and say:
Why do your disciples act contrary to the tradition of the elders ?” For they do not wash their hands when they eat.”
“Why do you also act contrary to the command of God because of your tradition ?” he answered them. "For God said:
Honor thy father and thy mother, and,
He that speaketh evil of father or mother,
Let him surely die. But you say: Whoever shall say to his father or his mother : That with which you might have been profited
by me Is given to God, He shall not honor his father. And you have made the word of God of no
account because of your tradition. You hypocrites ! well did Isaiah prophesy of you:
This people honoreth me with their lips
But their heart is far from me.
Teaching doctrines that are the precepts of men."