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Mateo 14

Decapitación de Juan el Bautista

1En aquel tiempo Herodes el tetrarca se enteró de lo que decían de Jesús, y comentó a sus sirvientes: «¡Ese es Juan el Bautista; ha resucitado! Por eso tiene poder para realizar milagros».

En efecto, Herodes había arrestado a Juan. Lo había encadenado y metido en la cárcel por causa de Herodías, esposa de su hermano Felipe. Es que Juan había estado diciéndole: «La ley te prohíbe tenerla por esposa». Herodes quería matarlo, pero le tenía miedo a la gente, porque consideraban a Juan como un profeta.

En el cumpleaños de Herodes, la hija de Herodías bailó delante de todos; y tanto le agradó a Herodes que le prometió bajo juramento darle cualquier cosa que pidiera. Instigada por su madre, le pidió: «Dame en una bandeja la cabeza de Juan el Bautista».

El rey se entristeció, pero, a causa de sus juramentos y en atención a los invitados, ordenó que se le concediera la petición, 10 y mandó decapitar a Juan en la cárcel. 11 Llevaron la cabeza en una bandeja y se la dieron a la muchacha, quien se la entregó a su madre. 12 Luego llegaron los discípulos de Juan, recogieron el cuerpo y le dieron sepultura. Después fueron y avisaron a Jesús.

Jesús alimenta a los cinco mil

13 Cuando Jesús recibió la noticia, se retiró él solo en una barca a un lugar solitario. Las multitudes se enteraron y lo siguieron a pie desde los poblados. 14 Cuando Jesús desembarcó y vio a tanta gente, tuvo compasión de ellos y sanó a los que estaban enfermos.

15 Al atardecer se le acercaron sus discípulos y le dijeron:

―Este es un lugar apartado y ya se hace tarde. Despide a la gente, para que vayan a los pueblos y se compren algo de comer.

16 ―No tienen que irse —contestó Jesús—. Denles ustedes mismos de comer.

17 Ellos objetaron:

―No tenemos aquí más que cinco panes y dos pescados.

18 ―Tráiganmelos acá —les dijo Jesús.

19 Y mandó a la gente que se sentara sobre la hierba. Tomó los cinco panes y los dos pescados y, mirando al cielo, los bendijo. Luego partió los panes y se los dio a los discípulos, quienes los repartieron a la gente. 20 Todos comieron hasta quedar satisfechos, y los discípulos recogieron doce canastas llenas de pedazos que sobraron. 21 Los que comieron fueron unos cinco mil hombres, sin contar a las mujeres y a los niños.

Jesús camina sobre el agua

22 En seguida Jesús hizo que los discípulos subieran a la barca y se le adelantaran al otro lado mientras él despedía a la multitud. 23 Después de despedir a la gente, subió a la montaña para orar a solas. Al anochecer, estaba allí él solo, 24 y la barca ya estaba bastante lejos[a] de la tierra, zarandeada por las olas, porque el viento le era contrario.

25 En la madrugada,[b] Jesús se acercó a ellos caminando sobre el lago. 26 Cuando los discípulos lo vieron caminando sobre el agua, quedaron aterrados.

―¡Es un fantasma! —gritaron de miedo.

27 Pero Jesús les dijo en seguida:

―¡Cálmense! Soy yo. No tengan miedo.

28 ―Señor, si eres tú —respondió Pedro—, mándame que vaya a ti sobre el agua.

29 ―Ven —dijo Jesús.

Pedro bajó de la barca y caminó sobre el agua en dirección a Jesús. 30 Pero, al sentir el viento fuerte, tuvo miedo y comenzó a hundirse. Entonces gritó:

―¡Señor, sálvame!

31 En seguida Jesús le tendió la mano y, sujetándolo, lo reprendió:

―¡Hombre de poca fe! ¿Por qué dudaste?

32 Cuando subieron a la barca, se calmó el viento. 33 Y los que estaban en la barca lo adoraron diciendo:

―Verdaderamente tú eres el Hijo de Dios.

34 Después de cruzar el lago, desembarcaron en Genesaret. 35 Los habitantes de aquel lugar reconocieron a Jesús y divulgaron la noticia por todos los alrededores. Le llevaban todos los enfermos, 36 suplicándole que les permitiera tocar siquiera el borde de su manto, y quienes lo tocaban quedaban sanos.

Notas al pie

  1. 14:24 bastante lejos. Lit. a muchos estadios.
  2. 14:25 la madrugada. Lit. la cuarta vigilia de la noche.

New International Version

Matthew 14

John the Baptist Beheaded

1At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus, and he said to his attendants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”

Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, for John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.” Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered John a prophet.

On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted 10 and had John beheaded in the prison. 11 His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. 12 John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Jesus Walks on the Water

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

34 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him 36 and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.