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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 such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
And he could ° there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place.
And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.
And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee;
And when the daughter 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.
And he sware unto her, Whatsoever ° thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom.
And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist.
And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist.
And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her.
And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.
And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed:
He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?
And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.
And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.
And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.
But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:
And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore.
And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him,
And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was. °

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

6:3 offended at Him. See notes on Matthew 13:57 and Luke 4:24.

6:11 day of judgment. There is, indeed, a judgment day coming, and one important factor in the judgment will be response to light received. See note on Matthew 10:15.

6:14 King Herod. See notes on Matthew 2:7; 14:1.

6:19 Herodias. See note on Matthew 14:3.

6:20 Herod feared John. John the Baptist, observed carefully and responsively by Herod, was acknowledged by the latter to be righteous and godly in all respects. It was only the anger of his illicit wife, Herodias, that caused him to arrest John, and then the influence of the sensuous dancing of her daughter that persuaded him to execute John. At least he would not allow John’s body to be further defiled, turning it over to his disciples for honorable burial. John, the first Christian preacher, thus became the first Christian martyr.

6:22 daughter of the said Herodius. See note on Matthew 14:6.

6:31 rest a while. Jesus here indicates the need for at least occasional rest for His zealous and concerned followers. No matter how urgent the need of Christian witness and service, the worker must also provide for his own (I Timothy 5:8) and “give attendance to reading” (I Timothy 4:13), especially to provide spiritual food and guidance for himself and his family.

6:37 pennyworth. See note on Matthew 20:10.

6:44 five thousand. This was a miracle of creation. See note on Matthew 14:20.

6:51 sore amazed. The parallel account in Matthew 14:33 says this amazement, originally based on skepticism, turned to worship, calling Jesus “the Son of God.”

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