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The death of John the Baptist · 869 dagen geleden by Ad van den Ende

(Mt 14:1-21) (Mark 6:14-29, Luke 9:7-9)

1 At that time heard Herod the tetrarch the fame of Jesus,
2 and he said to his sons: “This is John the Baptist;
he has been raised from the dead,
and therefore the powers are at work in him.”
3 For after arresting John, Herod, bound him, and put him in prison
because of Herodias, the wife of Philip, his brother.
4 For John told him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.”
5 And wanting to kill him he feared the crowd,
because they regarded him as a prophet.
6 When the birthday came of Herod, danced the daughter of Herodias
in the middle, and she pleased Herod,
7 so that on oath he did agree to give her whatever she might ask.
8 She, incited by her mother, says:
“Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”
9 And the king, sad, becouse of his oaths
and of the fellow adjacents commanded it to be given;
10 and having sent a soldier he let behead John in the prison.
11 And his head was brought on a platter and was given to the girl,
and she brought it to her mother.
12 And his disciples, having come,
took the body and buried it, and having come they told it Jesus.
13 And Jesus, having heard this, withdrew by himself from there
in a boat to a deserted place .
And after the crowds had heard it, they followed him on foot
from the towns.
14 And when he went ashore he saw a great crowd;
and he got compassion for them and cured the sick of them.

15 When the evening had come, came the disciples to him , saying:
“Deserted is the place and the hour has allready gone by,
send the crowds away so that they, after going into the villages,
buy food for themselves.”
16 And Jesus said to them: “They do not have the necessity to go.
Give them yourselves something to eat.”
17 But they say him: “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fishes.”
18 And he said: “Bring them here to me.”
19 And having asked the crowds to sit down on the grass,
having taken the five loaves and the two fishes,
after he had looked up to the heaven, he gave the blessing,
and having broken the loaves, he gave the loaves to the disciples,
and the disciples gave them to the crowds.
20 And all ate and were satisfied.
And they took up what was left over of the broken pieces:
twelve baskets full.
21 And those who ate were about five thousand men,
besides women and children.

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