Testament of Matthew

Matthew 14

1. It was at that time that Herod the tetrarch, heard the news about Jesus.
2. And he said to his servants, "He is John the Baptist. He has risen from the grave. That is why powers are emanating from him."

3. for Herod had arrested John and bound him and thrown him into prison, because of Herodias, wife of his brother Philip.
4. For John had told him, "It is not Lawful to have her as your wife."
5. And so he wanted to kill him and [yet] he was afraid of the people, for they had held [John] as a prophet.
6. But as it was Herod's birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced before the banquet guests and flattered* Herod.
7. Because of it he swore oaths to her, that he would give her anything she asked for.
8. She, however, because she was instructed by her mother, said, "Give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter."
9. And she put the king in a tight spot. However, because of his oaths and his guests, he ordered that she be granted her wish.*
10. And he sent [orders] to chop off John's head in prison.
11. And they brought his head on the platter and gave it to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.
12. And his disciples came, took his corpse and buried him, and they came and showed Jesus.

13. As Jesus heard it, however, he left there by sail boat to a deserted area by himself. And as the crowds heard it, they followed him on land*, from the towns.
14. And Jesus came out and saw huge crowds, and he was merciful to them and healed their sicknesses.

15. As evening came, his disciples approached him, and said to him, "This is a deserted area, and the hour is late,* release the crowds of people, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves supplies."
16. Jesus said, however, "They do not need to go, you give them something to eat."
17. They told him, however, "We do not have anything, except for five loaves and two fish."
18. Jesus told them, "Bring them here to me."
19. And he invited the crowds to dine, sitting on the ground, and he took the five breads and the two fish, and he gazed at heaven, and he blessed them and broke them and gave to his disciples, and those disciples divided them to the crowds.
20. And they all ate and were satisfied, and they took up the leftovers, filling twelve baskets.
21. However, those people that ate were like five thousand, besides the women and the young.

22. And he at once urged his disciples to board the ship and go ahead of him on the crossing, while he began to release the crowds.
23. And as he released the crowds, he went up the mountain to pray. And as it became dark, he was all by himself.
24. And the sail boat was a distance of many stadia from the land, as it was tossed violently by the waves, for the winds* were against it.
25. In the fourth watch of the night, Jesus came to them, as he walked over the waters.
26. And his disciples saw him walking over the waters and they were shaken, and said, "It is a false vision." And they cried out from fear.
27. Jesus then spoke with them and said, "Take courage,* it is I, do not be afraid."
28. And Keepa [Peter] replied, saying to him, "My Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you upon the water."
29. Jesus then said to him, "Come," and Keepa [Peter] descended from the sail boat and walked over the waters to come to Jesus.
30. And as he saw the heavy winds,* he succumbed and began sinking, and he raised his voice and said, "My Lord, save me!"
31. And at the right moment* Jesus extended his hand and caught him and said to him, "O, you of little faith, why did you become divided*?"
32. And as they boarded the ship, the winds* calmed down.
33. And those who were in the sail boat came, worshipping him, and said, "Truly, you are the Son of God."

34. And as they passed, they came to the land of Genesaret.
35. And the people of that place recognized him, and they sent out to all the surrounding villages and they brought to him all those who were terribly ill.
36. And they wanted from him that they may merely touch the threads of his clothes only, and those who came to him were healed.*

*14:6 Lit. Ar. expression: "Made him look good."
*14:9 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "That it [the head] be given her."
*14:13 Lit. Ar. expression: "By the dry."
*14:15 Lit. Ar. expression: "Time is passed."
*14:24 Lit. Ar. id.: "Spirit."
*14:27 Lit. Ar. id.: "Take heart."
*14:30 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "The spirit that hardens."
*14:31.1 Lit. Ar. expression: "In his hour."
*14:31.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression retained: "Divide against yourself," or lose faith.
*14:32 Lit. Ar. id.: "Spirit."
*14:36 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Those who neared healed," or those who touched him were healed.

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