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Matthew 14 Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

Herod Says The Miracles of Jesus Mean He Is John The Baptist Back From The Dead

14 At that time, Herod the tetrarch[a] heard the report about Jesus and said to his servants, “This One is John the Baptist. He himself arose from the dead, and for this reason the miraculous-powers[b] are at-work in him”.

For Herod Had Beheaded John The Baptist

For[c] Herod, having seized John, bound him and put him away in prison because of Herodias[d], the wife of Philip[e] his brother. For John was saying to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her”. And while wanting to kill him, he feared the crowd, because they were holding him as a prophet. But at Herod’s birthday-celebrations having come about, the daughter[f] of Herodias danced in their midst. And she pleased Herod. Hence, he declared with an oath to give her whatever she asked. And the one, having been prompted[g] by her mother, says, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist”. And [although] having been grieved, the king ordered that it be given, because of the oaths and the ones reclining-back-with him [to eat]. 10 And having sent, he beheaded John in the prison. 11 And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. 12 And having come to him, his disciples took away the corpse and buried him. And having gone[h], they reported it to Jesus.

Jesus Creates More Than Enough Bread And Fish To Feed 5000 Men

13 And having heard-of it [i], Jesus withdrew from there privately in a boat to a desolate place. And having heard-of it, the crowds followed Him on foot from the cities. 14 And having gone-out[j], He saw a large crowd and felt-deep-feelings [of compassion] for them. And He cured their sick ones. 15 And having become evening[k], the disciples came to Him saying, “This place is desolate and the hour already passed. Send-away the crowds in order that having gone away into the villages, they may buy themselves food”. 16 But Jesus said to them, “They have no need to go away— you give them something to eat”. 17 But the ones say to Him, “We do not have anything here except five loaves and two fish!” 18 But the One said, “Bring them here to Me”. 19 And having ordered the crowds to lie-back on the grass, having taken the five loaves and the two fish, having looked up to heaven, He blessed[l] them. And having broken them, He gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were filled-to-satisfaction. And they picked up the amount of the fragments being left over— twelve full baskets. 21 And the ones eating were about five-thousand men, apart from women and children.

Jesus Walks Across The Raging Sea To His Disciples. They Say, Truly You Are God’s Son

22 And immediately He compelled[m] the disciples to get into the boat and to be going ahead of Him to the other side while[n] He sent-away the crowds. 23 And having sent-away the crowds, He went up on the mountain privately to pray. And having become evening[o], He was there alone. 24 And the boat was already many stades[p] distant from the land, being tormented by the waves. For the wind was contrary. 25 And He came to them in the fourth watch[q] of the night, walking across[r] the sea. 26 But the disciples, having seen Him walking on the sea, were frightened, saying that “It is a phantom[s]”. And they cried-out from the fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take-courage, I am[t] the One. Do not be afraid[u]”. 28 But having responded to Him, Peter said, “Master, if You are[v] the One, order me to come to You across the waters”. 29 And the One said, “Come”. And having gone down from the boat, Peter walked across the waters and came[w] to Jesus. 30 But seeing the strong wind, he became afraid. And having begun to sink, he cried-out, saying, “Master, save me!” 31 And immediately Jesus, having stretched-out His hand, took-hold-of him. And He says to him, “One of-little-faith, for what purpose[x] did you doubt?” 32 And they having gone-up[y] into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 And the ones in the boat gave-worship[z] to Him, saying, “Truly[aa] You are God’s Son”.

In Gennesaret, All Who Just Touch The Tassel of His Garment Are Healed

34 And having crossed-over, they came on land in Gennesaret. 35 And having recognized Him, the men of that place sent out into that whole surrounding-region. And they brought to Him all the ones being ill. 36 And they were begging Him that they might only touch the tassel of His garment. And all-who touched it were restored.


  1. Matthew 14:1 Or governor, appointed by Rome. That is, Herod Antipas, a son of Herod the Great (Mt 2:1). He was governor of Galilee and Perea from 4 b.c. to a.d. 39, when he was exiled. His capital was Tiberius, on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. He divorced the daughter of Aretas (2 Cor 11:32) to marry Herodias, v 3.
  2. Matthew 14:2 Or, the Powers, the supernatural beings who were the source of these miracles in Herod’s mind.
  3. Matthew 14:3 Matthew now explains what happened to John at some time previous to this (see Mk 1:14), then continues in v 13.
  4. Matthew 14:3 She was a grand-daughter of Herod the Great, daughter of Aristobulus, sister of Agrippa I (Act 12:1).
  5. Matthew 14:3 That is, Philip I, a private citizen in Rome. Antipas, Aristobulus, and Philip were sons of Herod the Great from three different wives.
  6. Matthew 14:6 Herodias had a daughter named Salome when she was married to Philip I. This may be the girl mentioned here.
  7. Matthew 14:8 Or, put forward, coached, instructed. See Mk 6:22.
  8. Matthew 14:12 Or, come.
  9. Matthew 14:13 That is, heard that Herod said Jesus was John raised from the dead, v 1-2. Perhaps Jesus also heard of John’s death at this time. Matthew does not tell us how long prior to v 1-2 John’s death occurred.
  10. Matthew 14:14 Or, come-out.
  11. Matthew 14:15 That is, late in the day before sundown, between 3 and 6 p.m.
  12. Matthew 14:19 That is, the loaves. Or, blessed God, spoke a blessing.
  13. Matthew 14:22 Jn 6:15 explains why.
  14. Matthew 14:22 Or, until which time.
  15. Matthew 14:23 That is, later on since v 15, between 6 and 9 p.m.
  16. Matthew 14:24 A stade is 607 feet or 185 meters. Compare Jn 6:19.
  17. Matthew 14:25 That is, between 3 and 6 a.m.
  18. Matthew 14:25 Or, over.
  19. Matthew 14:26 Or, ghost.
  20. Matthew 14:27 That is, It is Me.
  21. Matthew 14:27 That is, Stop being afraid.
  22. Matthew 14:28 That is, if it is You.
  23. Matthew 14:29 Or, went.
  24. Matthew 14:31 Or, to what end. What was the point of doubting?
  25. Matthew 14:32 Or, come up.
  26. Matthew 14:33 Or, prostrated-themselves before.
  27. Matthew 14:33 Or, Really, Actually.
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Matthew 14 New International Version (NIV)

John the Baptist Beheaded

14 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus, and he said to his attendants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”

Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, for John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.” Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered John a prophet.

On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted 10 and had John beheaded in the prison. 11 His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. 12 John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Jesus Walks on the Water

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

34 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him 36 and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.

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