Matt 14:13-16:12

Feeding the Five Thousand 13Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.14When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick.15When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”16Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”17They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.”18And he said, “Bring them here to me.”19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.20And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.21And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.Jesus Walks on the Water 22Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,24but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them.25And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea.26But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear.27But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”28Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”29He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus.30But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”32When they got into the boat, the wind ceased.33And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret 34When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.35After the people of that place recognized him, they sent word throughout the region and brought all who were sick to him,36and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.Chapter 15The Tradition of the Elders 1Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said,2“Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands before they eat.”3He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?4For God said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die.’5But you say that whoever tells father or mother, ‘Whatever support you might have had from me is given to God,’ then that person need not honor the father.6So, for the sake of your tradition, you make void the word of God.7You hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied rightly about you when he said:8‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me;9in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.’ ”Things That Defile 10Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand:11it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.”12Then the disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?”13He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.14Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.”15But Peter said to him, “Explain this parable to us.”16Then he said, “Are you also still without understanding?17Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?18But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles.19For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander.20These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.”The Canaanite Woman's Faith 21Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon.22Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.”23But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.”24He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”25But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”26He answered, “It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs.”27She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table.”28Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.Jesus Cures Many People 29After Jesus had left that place, he passed along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up the mountain, where he sat down.30Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the mute, and many others. They put them at his feet, and he cured them,31so that the crowd was amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.Feeding the Four Thousand 32Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.”33The disciples said to him, “Where are we to get enough bread in the desert to feed so great a crowd?”34Jesus asked them, “How many loaves have you?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.”35Then ordering the crowd to sit down on the ground,36he took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.37And all of them ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full.38Those who had eaten were four thousand men, besides women and children.39After sending away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan.Chapter 16The Demand for a Sign 1The Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test Jesus they asked him to show them a sign from heaven.2He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’3And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.4An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” Then he left them and went away.The Yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees 5When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread.6Jesus said to them, “Watch out, and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”7They said to one another, “It is because we have brought no bread.”8And becoming aware of it, Jesus said, “You of little faith, why are you talking about having no bread?9Do you still not perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?10Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?11How could you fail to perceive that I was not speaking about bread? Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees!”12Then they understood that he had not told them to beware of the yeast of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.