John the Baptist Beheaded

14 At that time(A) Herod the tetrarch(B) heard the report about Jesus. “This is John the Baptist!” he told his servants. “He has been raised from the dead, and that’s why supernatural powers are at work in him.”(C)

For Herod had arrested John, chained[a] him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife,(D) since John had been telling him, “It’s not lawful(E) for you to have her!” Though he wanted to kill him, he feared the crowd, since they regarded him as a prophet.(F)

But when Herod’s birthday celebration came, Herodias’s daughter danced before them[b] and pleased Herod. So he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. And prompted by her mother, she answered, “Give me John the Baptist’s head here on a platter!” Although the king regretted it, he commanded that it be granted because of his oaths and his guests. 10 So he sent orders and had John beheaded in the prison. 11 His head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. 12 Then his disciples came, removed the corpse,[c] buried it, and went and reported to Jesus.

Feeding 5,000

13 When Jesus heard about it,(G) He withdrew from there by boat to a remote place to be alone. When the crowds heard this, they followed Him on foot from the towns. 14 As He stepped ashore,[d] He saw a huge crowd, felt compassion for them, and healed their sick.(H)

15 When evening came, the disciples(I) approached Him and said, “This place is a wilderness, and it is already late.[e] Send the crowds away so they can go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”

16 “They don’t need to go away,” Jesus told them. “You give them something to eat.”

17 “But we only have five loaves and two fish here,” they said to Him.

18 “Bring them here to Me,” He said. 19 Then He commanded the crowds to sit down[f] on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them. He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.(J) 20 Everyone ate and was filled. Then they picked up 12 baskets full of leftover pieces!(K) 21 Now those who ate were about 5,000 men, besides women and children.

Walking on the Water

22 Immediately(L) He[g] made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. 23 After dismissing the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone.(M) 24 But the boat was already over a mile[h] from land,[i] battered by the waves, because the wind was against them. 25 Around three in the morning,[j] He came toward them walking on the sea.(N) 26 When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 Immediately Jesus spoke to them. “Have courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”(O)

28 “Lord, if it’s You,” Peter answered Him, “command me to come to You on the water.”

29 “Come!” He said.

And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strength of the wind,[k] he was afraid. And beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out His hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”(P) 32 When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 Then those in the boat worshiped Him and said, “Truly You are the Son of God!”(Q)

Miraculous Healings

34 Once they crossed over,(R) they came to land at Gennesaret.(S) 35 When the men of that place recognized Him, they alerted[l] the whole vicinity and brought to Him all who were sick. 36 They were begging Him that they might only touch the tassel on His robe. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.(T)


  1. Matthew 14:3 Or bound
  2. Matthew 14:6 Lit danced in the middle
  3. Matthew 14:12 Other mss read body
  4. Matthew 14:14 Lit Coming out (of the boat)
  5. Matthew 14:15 Lit and the time (for the evening meal) has already passed
  6. Matthew 14:19 Lit to recline
  7. Matthew 14:22 Other mss read Jesus
  8. Matthew 14:24 Lit already many stadia; 1 stadion = 600 feet
  9. Matthew 14:24 Other mss read already in the middle of the sea
  10. Matthew 14:25 Lit fourth watch of the night = 3 to 6 a.m.
  11. Matthew 14:30 Other mss read saw the wind
  12. Matthew 14:35 Lit sent into

The Yeast of the Pharisees and the Sadducees

16 The Pharisees and Sadducees approached,(A) and as a test, asked Him to show them a sign from heaven.(B)

He answered them: “When evening comes you say, ‘It will be good weather because the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘Today will be stormy because the sky is red and threatening.’ You[a] know how to read the appearance of the sky, but you can’t read the signs of the times.[b] An evil and adulterous generation demands a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of[c] Jonah.”(C) Then He left them and went away.

The disciples reached the other shore,[d] and they had forgotten to take bread.

Then Jesus told them, “Watch out and beware of the yeast[e] of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”(D)

And they discussed among themselves, “We didn’t bring any bread.”

Aware of this, Jesus said, “You of little faith!(E) Why are you discussing among yourselves that you do not have bread? Don’t you understand yet? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the 5,000 and how many baskets you collected? 10 Or the seven loaves for the 4,000 and how many large baskets you collected?(F) 11 Why is it you don’t understand that when I told you, ‘Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees,’ it wasn’t about bread?”(G) 12 Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the yeast in bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.(H)

Peter’s Confession of the Messiah

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi,[f](I) He asked His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”[g]

14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”(J)

15 “But you,” He asked them, “who do you say that I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!”(K)

17 And Jesus responded, “Simon son of Jonah,[h](L) you are blessed because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father in heaven.(M) 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter,[i] and on this rock[j] I will build My church,(N) and the forces[k] of Hades will not overpower it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven,(O) and whatever you bind on earth is already bound[l] in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth is already loosed[m] in heaven.”

20 And He gave the disciples orders to tell no one that He was[n] the Messiah.(P)

His Death and Resurrection Predicted

21 From(Q) then on Jesus began to point out to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and scribes, be killed, and be raised the third day.(R) 22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, “Oh no,[o] Lord! This will never happen to You!”

23 But He turned and told Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me because you’re not thinking about God’s concerns,[p] but man’s.”(S)

Take Up Your Cross

24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.(T) 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it.(U) 26 What will it benefit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life?(V) 27 For the Son of Man is going to come with His angels in the glory of His Father,(W) and then He will reward each according to what he has done. 28 I assure you: There are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”(X)


  1. Matthew 16:3 Other mss read Hypocrites! You
  2. Matthew 16:3 Other mss omit When (v. 2) through end of v. 3
  3. Matthew 16:4 Other mss add the prophet
  4. Matthew 16:5 Lit disciples went to the other side
  5. Matthew 16:6 Or leaven
  6. Matthew 16:13 A town north of Galilee at the base of Mount Hermon
  7. Matthew 16:13 Other mss read that I, the Son of Man, am
  8. Matthew 16:17 Or son of John
  9. Matthew 16:18 Peter (Gk Petros) = a specific stone or rock
  10. Matthew 16:18 Rock (Gk petra) = a rocky crag or bedrock
  11. Matthew 16:18 Lit gates
  12. Matthew 16:19 Or earth will be bound
  13. Matthew 16:19 Or earth will be loosed
  14. Matthew 16:20 Other mss add Jesus
  15. Matthew 16:22 Lit Mercy to You = May God have mercy on You
  16. Matthew 16:23 Lit about the things of God

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