Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand1After this a Jesus went away to the other side of b the Sea of Galilee, which is c the Sea of Tiberias. 2And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. 3Jesus went up on d the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. 4Now e the Passover, the f feast of the Jews, was at hand. 5 g Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to h Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” 6He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. 7 i Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii ▼
▼A denarius was a day’s wage for a laborerworth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” 8One of his disciples k Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9“There is a boy here who has five l barley loaves and two fish, but m what are they for so many?” 10Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” n Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 11Jesus then took the loaves, and o when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 13So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. 14When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said p “This is indeed q the Prophet r who is to come into the world!” 15 s Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus t withdrew again to u the mountain by himself.
Jesus Walks on Water16When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19When they had rowed about three or four miles ▼
▼Greek twenty-five or thirty stadia; a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 metersthey saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. 20 w But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.
I Am the Bread of Life22On the next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only x one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord y had given thanks. 24 z So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and aa went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. 25When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him ab “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you ac you are seeking me, not because you saw ad signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 ae Do not work for the food that perishes, but for af the food that endures to eternal life, which ag the Son of Man will give to you. For on ah him God the Father has ai set his seal.” 28Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing aj the works of God?” 29Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God ak that you believe in him whom al he has sent.” 30So they said to him am “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform? 31 an Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written ao ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is ap he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34They said to him aq “Sir, give us this bread always.” 35Jesus said to them, ar “I am the bread of life; as whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 at All that au the Father gives me will come to me, and av whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38For aw I have come down from heaven, not to do ax my own will but ay the will of him az who sent me. 39And ba this is the will of him who sent me bb that I should lose nothing of bc all that he has given me, but bd raise it up on the last day. 40For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who be looks on the Son and bf believes in him bg should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” 41So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, bh “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42They said bi “Is not this Jesus bj the son of Joseph, whose father and mother bk we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me bl draws him. And bm I will raise him up on the last day. 45It is written in the Prophets, bn ‘And they will all be bo taught by God.’ bp Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— 46 bq not that anyone has seen the Father except br he who is from God; he bs has seen the Father. 47Truly, truly, I say to you bt whoever believes has eternal life. 48 bu I am the bread of life. 49 bv Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and bw they died. 50 bx This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it by and not die. 51I am the living bread bz that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give ca for the life of the world is cb my flesh.” 52The Jews then cc disputed among themselves, saying, cd “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of ce the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cf have no life in you. 54Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood cg has eternal life, and ch I will raise him up on the last day. 55For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood ci abides in me, and I in him. 57As cj the living Father ck sent me, and cl I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. 58 cm This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread ▼
▼Greek lacks the breadthe fathers ate, and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59Jesus ▼
▼Greek Hesaid these things in the synagogue, as he taught cp at Capernaum.
The Words of Eternal Life60 cq When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61But Jesus cr knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? 62Then what if you were to see cs the Son of Man ct ascending to cu where he was before? 63 cv It is the Spirit who gives life; cw the flesh is no help at all. cx The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64But cy there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus cz knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and da who it was who would betray him.) 65And he said, “This is why I told you db that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.” 66 dc After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67So Jesus said to dd the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have de the words of eternal life, 69and df we have believed, and have come to know, that dg you are dh the Holy One of God.” 70Jesus answered them, di “Did I not choose you dj the Twelve? And yet one of you is dk a devil.” 71He spoke of Judas dl the son of Simon Iscariot, for dm he, one of the Twelve, was going to betray him.
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