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CHAPTER LI. John Baptist is put to death by Herod in Tiberias. Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some that John was risen from the dead;
And of some, That Elias had appeared; and of others, That one of the old prophets was risen again. · And Herod said. John have I beheaded : but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.
For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her.
For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife.
Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him: but she could not.
For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heared him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.
And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.
And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birth-day made a supper to his
lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee;
And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee.
And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom.
And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask ? And she said, The head of John the Baptist.
And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist.
And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her.
And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison.
And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel : and the damsel gave it to her mother.
And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb,
CHAPTER LII. The Apostles return to Capernaum. In the desert of Bethsaida the people are fed by a miracle,
the first time. And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.
After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.
And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.
And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran a foot thither out of all cities.
And a great multitude followed him, be· cause they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.
And out went them, and came together unto him.
And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them.
And he received them because they were as sheep not having a shepherd : and he began to teach them many things.
And spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.
· And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.
And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.
And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals : for we are here in a desert place.
When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
And this he said to prove him; for he himself knew what he would do. · Philip answered him, Two hundred penny. worth' of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.
He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see.
One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him,
There is a lad here, which hath five barleyloaves and two small fishes : but what are they among so many ? except we should go and buy meat for all this people.
(For they were about five thousand men.) He said, Bring them hither to me. · And Jesus said, Make the men sit down, .* The Roman denarius or penny was equal to seven-pence half-penny English money.
Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in pumber about five thousand.
And they did so, and made them all sit down,
And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.
And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them;
And they did all eat, and were filled.
When they were filled, he said upto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost,
Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley-loavęs, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.
And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
CHAPTER LIII. Peter walks upon the sea, in sailing towards
Capernaum. Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that Prophet that should come into the world.
When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make hiin a king;
Straightway he constrained his disciples to