1 AndThe faithless world by no means diminishes the virtue of Christ, but knowingly and willingly it deprives itself of the efficacy of it being offered unto them.he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.
2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing [him] were astonished, saying, From whence hath this [man] these things? and what wisdom [is] this which is given unto him, that even suchThe word signifies powers or virtues, by which are meant those wonderful works that Christ did which showed and set forth the virtue and power of his Godhead to all the world; (Mat_7:22).mighty works are wrought by his hands?
3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not hisThis word is used after the manner of the Hebrews, who by brethren and sisters understand all relatives.sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not withoutNot only has that honour taken from him which is rightly due to him, but also has evil spoken of him and his words are misrepresented.honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
5 And heThat is, he would not: for we need to have faith if we are going to receive the works of God.could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed [them].
6 And he marueiled at their vnbeliefe, and went about by ye townes on euery side, teaching.
7 The disciples are prepared for that general apostleship by a special sending forth.And he called [unto him] the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
8 Faithful pastors should not have their minds set even on things that are necessary for this life, if they might be a hindrance unto them, even if it is just a small hindrance.And commanded them that they should take nothing for [their] journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in [their] purse:
9 But [be] shod withThe word properly signifies women's shoes.sandals; and not put onThat is they should take no change of garments with them, so that they might be lighter for this journey and travel more quickly.two coats.
10 And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house,That is, do not change your inns in this short journey.there abide till ye depart from that place.
11 The Lord severely avenges evil done to his servants.And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
12 And they went out, and preached, that men should amend their liues.
13 And they cast out many devils, andThis oil was a token and a sign of his marvellous virtue: and seeing that the gift of healing has stopped a good while since, the ceremony of anointing which is yet carried on by some is of no purpose.anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed [them].
14 The gospel confirms the godly and vexes the wicked.And king Herod heard [of him]; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mightyThe word signifies powers, by which is meant the power of working miracles.works do shew forth themselves in him.
15 Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one ofOf the old prophets.the prophets.
16 But when Herod heard [thereof], he said, It is John, whom ICommanded to be beheaded.beheaded: he is risen from the dead.
17 For Herod him selfe had sent forth, & had taken Iohn, and bound him in prison for Herodias sake, which was his brother Philippes wife, because he had maried her.
18 For Iohn sayd vnto Herod, It is not lawfull for thee to haue thy brothers wife.
19 Therefore HerodiasSought all means to hurt him.had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not:
20 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard himThe tyrant was very well content to hear sentence pronounced against himself, but the seed fell upon stony places.gladly.
21 But the time being conuenient, when Herod on his birth day made a banket to his princes and captaines, and chiefe estates of Galile:
22 And when the daughterThis same Herodias had the daughter by Philip, not by Herod Antipas, and Josephus called the daughter Salome.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.
23 And he sware vnto her, Whatsoeuer thou shalt aske of me, I will giue it thee, euen vnto the halfe of my kingdome.
24 AndFor women did not used to eat with men.she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist.
25 Then she came in straightway with haste vnto the King, & asked, saying, I would that thou shouldest giue me euen now in a charger the head of Iohn Baptist.
26 Then the King was very sory: yet for his othes sake, and for their sakes which sate at table with him, he would not refuse her.
27 And immediately the king sent anThe word signifies one that bears a short lance, and the king's guard was so called because they bore short lances.executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,
28 And brought his head in a charger, and gaue it to the maide, and the maide gaue it to her mother.
29 And when his disciples heard it, they came and tooke vp his body, and put it in a tombe.
30 And the Apostles gathered themselues together to Iesus, and tolde him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.
31 Such as follow Christ will lack nothing, not even in the wilderness, but they will have an abundance. And how wicked a thing it is not to look during this temporal life to the hands of the one who gives everlasting life!And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
32 So they went by ship out of the way into a desart place.
33 But the people sawe them when they departed, and many knewe him, and ran a foote thither out of all cities, and came thither before them, and assembled vnto him.
34 Then Iesus went out, and sawe a great multitude, and had compassion on them, because they were like sheepe which had no shepheard: and he began to teach them many things.
35 And when the day was nowe farre spent, his disciples came vnto him, saying, This is a desart place, and nowe the day is farre passed.
36 Let them depart, that they may goe into the countrey and townes about, and buy them bread: for they haue nothing to eate.
37 He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him,This is a kind of demand and wondering, with a subtle mockery, which men commonly use when they begin to get angry and refuse to do something.Shall we go and buyWhich is about twenty crowns, which is five pounds.two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?
38 Then he sayde vnto them, Howe many loaues haue ye? Goe and looke; when they knewe it, they sayd, Fiue, and two fishes.
39 And he commanded them to make all sit down byLiterally, «by banquets», after the manner of the Hebrews who have no distributive words; see (Mar_6:7). Now he calls the rows of the sitters, «banquets».companies upon the green grass.
40 And they sat down inThe word signifies the beds in a garden, and it is literally, «by beds and beds», meaning by this that they sat down in rows one by another, as beds in a garden.ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.
41 And he tooke the fiue loaues, and the two fishes, and looked vp to heauen, and gaue thanks, and brake the loaues, and gaue them to his disciples to set before them, and the two fishes he deuided among them all.
42 So they did all eate, and were satisfied.
43 And they tooke vp twelue baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.
44 And they that had eaten, were about fiue thousand men.
45 The faithful servants of God after their little labour are subject to a great tempest which Christ, being present in power although absent in body, moderates in such a way that he brings them to a happy haven, at such time and by such means as they did not expect: A graphic image of the Church tossed to and fro in this world.And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people.
46 And when he had sentHis disciples.them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.
47 And when euen was come, the ship was in the mids of the sea, and he alone on the land.
48 And he saw them troubled in rowing, (for the winde was contrary vnto them) and about the fourth watch of the night, hee came vnto them, walking vpon the sea, and would haue passed by them.
49 And when they saw him walking vpon the sea, they supposed it had bene a spirit, & cried out.
50 For they all saw him, and were sore afrayd: but anon he talked with them, & said vnto them, Be ye of good comfort: it is I, be not afrayd.
51 And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they wereThey were still so amazed when they knew that it was no spirit, that they were much more astonished than they ever were before, when they saw the wind and the sea obey his commandment.sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.
52 For theyEither they did not perceive, or had not well considered that miracle of the five loaves, to the point that the virtue of Christ was just as strange to them as if they had not been present at that miracle which was done just a little before.considered not [the miracle] of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.
53 And they came ouer, and went into the land of Gennesaret, and arriued.
54 Christ being rejected in his own country, and suddenly arriving to those who had not looked for him, is received to their great profit.And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him,
55 And ran about throughout all that region round about, and began to cary hither & thither in couches all that were sicke, where they heard that he was.
56 And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touchedOr the hem of his garment.him were made whole.