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Come Follow Me 2023: Matthew 14; Mark 6; John 5–6

Matthew 14; Mark 6; John 5–6

March 27–April 2
“Be Not Afraid”

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cover of New Testament Minute: Matthew
John W. Welch
John W. Welch, General Editor
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John S. Thompson
John W. Welch, General Editor
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Jackson Abhau
John W. Welch, General Editor

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Joseph Smith Translation Variants

Explore Joseph Smith's inspired translation of the bible by comparing his changes to the King James Version of the New Testament. To learn more, see Joseph Smith's Translation of the Bible: The Joseph Smith Translation and the King James Translation in Parallel Columns.

Matthew 14 JST Variants

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(3) For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife.

(3) For Herod had laid hands on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife.

(9) And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath’s sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.

(9) And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath’s sake, and them that sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given. her

(13) When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.

(13) When Jesus heard that John was beheaded, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard of him they followed him on foot out of the cities.

(17) And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.

(17) And they said unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.

(19) And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

(19) And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and he took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

(20) And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.

(20) And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve basketfuls.

(21) And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

(21) And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

(24) But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

(24) But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with the waves: for the wind was contrary.

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(1) And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.

(1) And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples followed 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 such mighty works are wrought by his hands?

(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 that is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?

(4) 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.

(4) But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour save in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.

(5) And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

(5) And he could there do no mighty works there save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folks, and they were healed.

(7) And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;

(7) 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) And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse:

(8) And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread nor money in their purse:

(9) But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.

(9) But should be shod with sandals and not take two coats.

(10) And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place.

(10) And he said unto them, In whatsoever place ye enter into a house, there abide till ye depart from that place.

(11) 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.

(11) And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust of your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.

(13) And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.

(13) And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and they were healed.

(14) 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 mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.

(14) And king Herod heard of Jesus, for his name was spread abroad, and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do show forth themselves in him.

(16) But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead.

(16) But when Herod heard of him, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead.

(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 him gladly.

(20) For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and a holy man and one who feared God and observed to worship him; and when he heard him, he did many things for him and heard him gladly.

(21) 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;

(21) But when Herod’s birthday was come, he made a supper for his lords, high captains, and the chief priests of Galilee.

(22) 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.

(22) 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.

(23) And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom.

(23) And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom.

(26) 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.

(26) And the king was exceeding sorry, but for his oath’s sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her.

(29) And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.

(29) And when John’s disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.

(30) And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.

(30) Now the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.

(31) 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.

(31) And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a solitary place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure, not so much as to eat.

(32) And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.

(32) And they departed into a solitary place by ship privately.

(33) And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him.

(33) And the people saw them departing, and many knew Jesus and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outran them, and came together unto him.

(34) And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

(34) And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion towards them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

(35) 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:

(35) And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a solitary place, and now the time for departure has come.

(37) 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?

(37) And 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?

(38) He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.

(38) He said unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.

(41) 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.

(41) 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 the multitude. And the two fishes divided he among them all.

(45) 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.

(45) And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before him unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people.

(48) And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.

(48) And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea as if he would have passed by them.

(49) But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:

(49) And when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:

(50) For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.

(50) For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and said unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.

(52) For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.

(52) For they considered not the miracle of the loaves, for their hearts were hardened.

(54) And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him,

(54) And when they were come out of the ship, straightway the people knew him,

(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 touched him were made whole.

(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 garments. And as many as touched him were made whole.

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(3) In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

(3) In these porches lay a great many impotent folks, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

(5) And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

(5) And a certain man was there, who had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

(6) When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

(6) When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time afflicted. And he said unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

(8) Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

(8) Jesus said unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

(9) And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

(9) And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked. And it was on the Sabbath day.

(10) The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.

(10) The Jews therefore said unto him who was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.

(11) He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.

(11) He answered them, He who made me whole the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.

(12) Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?

(12) Then answered they him, What man is he who said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?

(13) And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.

(13) And he that was healed knew not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in the place.

(15) The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.

(15) The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him whole.

(18) Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

(18) Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he had not only broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

(23) That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

(23) That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He who honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father who sent him.

(24) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

(24) Verily, verily, I say unto you, he who heareth my word, and believeth on him who sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death into life.

(25) Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

(25) Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: they who hear shall live.

(28) Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

(28) Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all who are in their graves shall hear his voice,

(29) And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

(29) And shall come forth; they who have done good in the resurrection of the just, and they who have done evil in the resurrection of the unjust, and shall all be judged of the Son of Man.

(30) I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

(30) For as I hear I judge; and my judgement is just. For I can of mine own self do nothing, because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father who sent me.

(31) If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.

(31) Therefore if I bear witness of myself, yet my witness is not true.

(32) There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.

(32) For I am not alone. There is another who beareth witness of me; and I know that the testimony which he giveth of me is true.

(33) Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.

(33) Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness also unto the truth.

(34) But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.

(34) And he received not his testimony of man but of God. And ye yourselves say that he is a prophet, therefore ye ought to receive his testimony. These things I say, that ye might be saved.

(35) He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

(35) He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

(36) But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.

(36) But I have greater witness than the testimony of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.

(37) And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

(37) And the Father himself, who sent me, hath borne witness of me. And verily I testify unto you that ye have never heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

(38) And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.

(38) For you have not his word abiding in you, and him whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.

(40) And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

(40) And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life, lest ye should honour me.

(44) How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?

(44) How can ye believe, who seek honour one of another, and seek not the honour which cometh from God only?

(45) Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.

(45) Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is Moses who accuseth you, in whom ye trust.

(46) For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.

(46) For had ye believed Moses you would have believed me: for he wrote of me.

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(12) When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

(12) When they had eaten and were satisfied, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

(16) And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea,

(16) And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea,

(17) And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.

(17) And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus had not come to them.

(19) So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.

(19) So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they saw Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.

(25) And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?

(25) And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, how camest thou hither?

(26) Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

(26) Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye desire to keep my sayings, neither because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

(27) Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

(27) Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of Man hath power to give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

(40) And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

(40) And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the resurrection of the just at the last day.

(44) No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

(44) No man can come unto me except he doeth the will of my Father who hath sent me. And this is the will of him who hath sent me: that ye receive the Son, for the Father beareth record of him. And he who receiveth the testimony and doeth the will of him who sent me I will raise him up in the resurrection of the just.

(45) It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

(45) For it is written in the prophets, and these shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

(49–51) Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

(49–51) This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead, but I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

(54) Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

(54) Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up in the resurrection of the just at the last day.

(65) And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

(65) And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except he doeth the will of my Father who hath sent me.

 

Reading Resources

Matthew 14

Lynne Hilton Wilson, "Matthew 14-15; Mark 6-7; John 5-6," Come Follow Me: The New Testament, 2019.

Paul C. Hedengren, “Miracles,” Encyclopedia of Mormonism.

Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Grandeur of God,” General Conference (October 2003).

James E. Faust, “Five Loaves and Two Fishes,” General Conference (April 1994).

Ganel-Lyn Condie, “3 Ways You Are Already Walking on Water,” LDS Living, February 2, 2018.

Mark 6

Lynne Hilton Wilson, "Matthew 14-15; Mark 6-7; John 5-6," Come Follow Me: The New Testament, 2019.

Paul C. Hedengren, “Miracles,” Encyclopedia of Mormonism.

Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Grandeur of God,” General Conference (October 2003).

James E. Faust, “Five Loaves and Two Fishes,” General Conference (April 1994).

Ganel-Lyn Condie, “3 Ways You Are Already Walking on Water,” LDS Living, February 2, 2018.

John 5

Lynne Hilton Wilson, "Matthew 14-15; Mark 6-7; John 5-6," Come Follow Me: The New Testament, 2019.

Paul C. Hedengren, “Miracles,” Encyclopedia of Mormonism.

Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Grandeur of God,” General Conference (October 2003).

John 6

Lynne Hilton Wilson, "Matthew 14-15; Mark 6-7; John 5-6," Come Follow Me: The New Testament, 2019.

Paul C. Hedengren, “Miracles,” Encyclopedia of Mormonism.

Eric D. Huntsman, “The Bread of Life Sermon” in Celebrating Easter: The 2006 BYU Easter Conference, ed. Thomas A. Wayment and Keith J. Wilson (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University), 87–111.

Charles Swift, “The Bread of Life Discourse as Dialogue” in How the New Testament Came to Be: The Thirty-fifth Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium, ed. Kent P. Jackson and Frank F. Judd Jr. (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2006),175–189.

Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Grandeur of God,” General Conference (October 2003).

M. Russell Ballard, “To Whom Shall We Go?” General Conference (October 2016).

James E. Faust, “Five Loaves and Two Fishes,” General Conference (April 1994).

Ted L. Gibbons, “New Testament Lesson 12: ‘I Am The Bread of Life,’” LDS Living, February 22, 2015.

Ganel-Lyn Condie, “3 Ways You Are Already Walking on Water,” LDS Living, February 2, 2018.