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go and buy two hundred penny-worth of bread, and give them to eat?” He said unto them, “How many loaves have ye? Go and see.” When they had inquired, they said, “Five, and two fishes."
Then he directed them to make all the people sit down in separate companies on the green grass. And they sat down in squares, by hundreds and fifties. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven and gave thanks; and he brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples, to set before the multitude; the two fishes also he distributed among them all. And they did all eat, and were filled ; and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments of bread, and of the fish. And they that did eat of the loaves were five thousand men. Then those men, when they had seen the miracle which Jesus wrought, said, “ This is of a truth the Prophet that was to come into the world."
JESUS WALKS ON THE SEA.
(Matt. xiv. 22–33.)
IMMEDIATELY Jesus constrained his disciples to enter into a vessel, and to go before him to the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray ; and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
But the vessel was now in the midst of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night, (that is, between three and six o'clock in the morning,) Jesus went to them walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “ It is an apparition ;” and they cried out for fear. But Jesus immediately spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.”
Then Peter answered and said, “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.” And he said, “ Come.” And when Peter was come down out of the vessel, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid, and, beginning to sink, he cried, saying, “ Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately stretched forth his hand and caught him; and said unto him, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?"
And when they were come into the vessel, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the vessel came and bowed down before him, saying, “Of a truth thou art the Son of God.”
THE CURE OF THE CRIPPLE AT THE
BATH OF BETHESDA.
(John v. 1-16.)
AFTER this there was a feast of the Jews;* and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem, near the sheep-gate, a bath, which is called, in the Hebrew language, Bethesda, (or the house of mercy), having five porticos. In these lay a great multitude of impotent people, of blind, lame, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the bath, and troubled the water; and whosoever then first, after the troubling of the water, stepped in, was cured of whatsoever disease he had.
And a certain man was there, who had had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
* Probably the Feast of Pentecost, which was held at that time of the year which we call Whitsuntide.
When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that state, he saith unto him, “Wilt thou be healed ?” The impotent man answered him, “Sir, I have nobody to put me into the bath, when the water is troubled; but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.” Jesus saith unto him, “Arise, take up thy bed, and walk.” And immediately the man was healed, and took up his bed and walked.
Now that day was the sabbath. The Jews, therefore, said to him that was healed, “It is the sabbath-day; it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed." He answered them, “He that healed me, the same said unto me, * Take up thy bed and walk."" Then asked they him, " What man is that, who said unto thee, • Take up thy bed and walk'?” But he who had been healed, did not know who it was, for Jesus had conveyed himself away, there being a crowd in that place.
Afterwards, Jesus findeth him in the