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her. For John said to Herod, It is not lawful for 18 thee to have thy brother's wife. And Herodias 19 was angry with him, and desired to put him to death; and she could not, for Herod feared John, 20 knowing that he was a just and holy man ; and he observed him, and hearing him did many things, and heard him gladly.

And a convenient day having come, when Herod 21 on his birthday made a supper for his nobles, and for the chief captains, and the first men of Galilee; and the daughter of Herodias having come in 22 and danced, it pleased Herod and those reclining at table with him; and the king said to the damsel, Ask of me whatever thou wilt, and I will give it thee. And he sware to her, Whatever thou 23 shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom. And she went out, and said to her 24 mother, What shall I ask? And she said, the head of John the Immerser. And straightway she came 25 in with haste to the king, and asked, saying: I will that immediately thou give me, on a platter, the head of John the Immerser. And the king became 26 very sorrowful; but for the sake of his oath, and of those reclining with him, he would not reject her. And immediately the king sent one of the guard, and 27 commanded to bring his head. And he went and beheaded him in the prison, and brought his 28 head on a platter, and gave it to the damsel; and

V. 20. or, and he kept him

29 the damsel gave it to her mother. And his disciples hearing of it came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.


And the apostles gathered together unto Jesus, and reported to him all things, both what they had 31 done, and what they had taught. And he said to them: Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest awhile; for there were many coming and 32 going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And

they departed into a desert place by ship privately. 33 And they saw them departing, and many knew them,

and ran together there on foot from all the cities, 34 and came before them. And going forth he saw a


great multitude, and had compassion on them, because they were as sheep having no shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

And the day being now far spent, his disciples came to him, and said: This is a desert place, and the 36 time is now far passed. Dismiss them, that they

may go away into the surrounding fields and villages, 37 and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat. He answering said to them, Give ye them to eat. And they say to him: Shall we go and buy two 38 hundred denáries worth of bread, and give them to eat? He says to them, How many loaves have ye? Go and see. And when they knew, they say: Five, 39 and two fishes. And he commanded them to make all 40 lie down by companies on the green grass. And they lay down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.

And taking the five loaves and the two fishes, he 41 looked up to heaven, and blessed and brake the loaves, and gave to the disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. And they all ate, and were filled. And they 42 took up fragments filling twelve baskets, and part 43 of the fishes. And they that ate of the loaves were 44 five thousand men. And straightway he constrained 45 his disciples to enter into the ship, and to go before to the other side to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the multitude. And having parted from them, he went 46 away into the mountain to pray.

And when evening was come, the ship was in the 47 midst of the sea, and he was alone on the land. And he saw them distressed in rowing, for the wind 48 was contrary to them. And about the fourth watch of the night he comes to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed by them. And they seeing 49 him walking on the sea, supposed it was a spectre, and cried out. For all saw him, and were troubled. 50 And immediately he talked with them, and says to them: Be of good cheer; it is I, be not afraid. And he went up to them into the ship; and the 51 wind ceased. And they were sore amazed in themselves. beyond measure, and wondered. For they 52 considered not the loaves; for their heart was hardened.

And passing over, they came to the land of 53 Gennesaret, and anchored there. And when they 54

had come out of the ship, immediately recognizing 55 him, they ran through all that region, and began

to carry about on beds those that were sick, where 56 they heard he was. And wherever he entered, into villages, or cities, or fields, they laid the sick in the market-places, and besought him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched him were made whole.


VII. AND there come together to him the Pharisees and certain of the scribes, who came 2 from Jerusalem. And when they saw some of his disciples eating bread with defiled (that is, unwashen) 3 hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees, and

all the Jews, except they carefully wash their hands 4 do not eat, holding the tradition of the elders. And coming from the market, except they immerse themselves they do not eat. And there are many other things which they have received to hold, immersions of cups and pots, and brazen vessels, and 5 couches. Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him: Why do not thy disciples walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with defiled 6 hands? And he said to them: Well did Isaiah prophesy concerning you hypocrites; as it is written, This people honor me with their lips, but But in vain they wor

7 their heart is far from me.

ship me, teaching as doctrines commandments of For laying aside the commandment of God,

8 men.

ye hold the tradition of men, immersions of pots and cups; and many other such things ye do. And 9 he said to them: Well do ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition! For 10 Moses said: Honor thy father and thy mother; and he that curses father or mother, let him surely die. But ye say: If a man say to his father or his 11 mother, It is Corban (that is, a gift) whatsoever thou mightest be profited with from me, [he shall be free.] And ye suffer him no more to do aught for 12 his father or his mother, annulling the word of God 13 by your tradition, which ye have handed down. And many such things ye do.

And again calling to him the multitude, he said 14 to them: Hearken to me every one, and understand. There is nothing from without a man, that entering 15 into him can defile him; but the things that come out of him, these are they that defile the man. If 16 any one hath ears to hear, let him hear.

And when he had entered into the house from the 17 multitude, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. And he says to them: Are ye so without 18 understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatever from without enters into the man can not defile him? Because it enters not into his heart, 19 but into the belly, and goes out into the drain, cleansing all food. And he said: That which comes 20

V. 11. or, [he is bound]

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