Mark 6

VIN(i) 1 Jesus went on from there and came to His hometown, accompanied by His disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard Him were astonished. “Where did this man get these ideas?” they asked. “What is this wisdom He has been given? And how can He perform such miracles? 3 Isn’t this the carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon? Aren’t His sisters here with us as well?” And they took offense at Him. 4 Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is without honor only in his hometown, among his relatives, and in his own household.” 5 He couldn't perform a miracle there except to lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 And amazed at their unbelief, He went around teaching from village to village. 7 And He called the Twelve to Him and sent them out two by two, and gave them power over the foul spirits. 8 He ordered them not to take anything for the journey except a staff, no bread, no bag, no money in the purse; 9 and to wear sandals, but not a second tunic. 10 And He told them, “When you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that place, as a testimony against them.” 12 They went out and preached that people should repent. 13 They cast out many demons, and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them. 14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus' name had become well known. Some said, "John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why these powers are at work in him." 15 Others said, He is Elijah. And others said, He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old. 16 But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!” 17 Herod himself had sent and arrested John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, whom he had married. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19 So Herodias held a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she had been unable, 20 because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing he was a righteous and holy man. When he heard John’s words, he was greatly perplexed; yet he listened to him gladly. 21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his high officers and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 And when the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you want, and I will give it to you." 23 And he vowed to her, "Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom." 24 So she came out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask for?" "The head of John the Baptist," she replied. 25 Immediately the girl hurried back to the king with her request, "I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter." 26 The king was overwhelmed with sorrow, but because of his oaths and his guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27 So he immediately sent one of the guardsmen with orders to bring John's head. The soldier went and beheaded him in the prison 28 and brought back his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 And, hearing of it, his disciples went and took away his corpse, and laid it in a tomb. 30 The apostles rejoined Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Because so many were coming and going that they did not even have leisure to eat, He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile”. 32 So they went away by themselves, in the vessel, to a solitary place. 33 But many saw them going, and knew them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns, and got there ahead of them. 34 When Jesus stepped ashore and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And He began to teach them many things. 35 By this time it was late in the day, and his disciples came to him and said, "This is an uninhabited place and the hour is already late. 36 Send them away, so they can go to the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves something to eat." 37 But he answered them, "You give them something to eat." And they said to him, "Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?" 38 "How many loaves have you?" he answered. "Go and see." When they had found out, they said, "Five, and two fishes." 39 Then Jesus directed them to have the people sit in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke the loaves and gave them to His disciples to serve the people; He also divided the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 44 (The number of men who ate the loaves was five thousand.) 45 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and cross over ahead of Him to Bethsaida, while He dismissed the crowd. 46 And after he had left them, he went up on the mountain to pray. 47 When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and he was alone on land. 48 And he saw the disciples straining at the oars, for the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He was about to pass by them, 49 But, when they saw him walking on the water, they thought it was a ghost, and cried out; 50 Because they all saw Him and were terrified. Immediately He spoke with them and said: “Have courage! It is I; don’t be afraid.” 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were completely amazed, 52 for they had not understood about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened. 53 And when they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there. 54 As soon as they got out of the boat, the people recognized Jesus 55 and ran through that whole region, carrying the sick on mats to wherever they heard He was. 56 And wherever He went—villages and towns and countrysides—they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged Him to let them just touch the fringe of His cloak. And all who touched Him were healed.