Feeding Four Thousand
1In8:1–10 Mt 15:29–38 those days there was again a large crowd, and they had nothing to eat. He called8:1 Lk 18:16 the disciples8:1 Mt 9:10; Mk 10:10; Lk 6:1; Jn 6:3; Ac 6:1 and said to them,
2“I have compassion8:2 Lk 15:20 on the crowd, because they’ve already stayed with me three days and have nothing to eat.
5 “How many loaves do you have?” he asked them.
“Seven,” they said.
6He commanded the crowd to sit down on the ground. Taking the seven loaves, he gave thanks, broke8:6 Mk 14:22 them, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people. So they served them to the crowd.
7They also had a few small fish, and after he had blessed them, he said these were to be served as well.
8They ate and were satisfied. Then they collected seven large baskets of leftover pieces.
9About four thousand were there. He dismissed them.
10And he immediately got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.
The Leaven of the Pharisees and Herod
11The8:11–12 Mt 16:1–4 Pharisees8:11 Mk 7:3 came and began to argue with him, demanding of him a sign8:11 Mk 13:22; Jn 2:11; Heb 2:4 from heaven8:11 Mt 24:35; Lk 12:33; Ac 17:24; Eph 6:9; Rv 21:10 to test8:11 Jms 1:13 him.
12Sighing deeply in his spirit,8:12 Ps 51:12 he said, “Why does this generation8:12 Lk 11:29 demand a sign? Truly I tell you,8:12 Rv 22:21 no sign will be given to this generation.”
13Then he left them, got back into the boat, and went to the other side.
14The disciples had forgotten to take bread and had only one loaf with them in the boat.
15Then8:15–21 Mt 16:5–12 he gave them strict orders: “Watch out! Beware of the leaven8:15 Or yeast8:15 Lk 13:21; Gl 5:9 of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”8:15 Mt 14:1
16They were discussing among themselves that they did not have any bread.
17Aware of this, he said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact you have no bread? Don’t you understand or comprehend? Do you have hardened hearts?8:17 Mk 6:52; Jn 12:40; Rm 11:7; 2Co 3:14
18Do you have eyes and not see; do you have ears and not hear?8:18Jr 5:21; Ezk 12:28:18 Jr 5:21; Ezk 12:2; Mk 4:9,40 And do you not remember?8:18 Rv 2:5
19When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of leftovers did you collect?”
“Twelve,” they told him.
20 “When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many baskets full of pieces did you collect?”
“Seven,” they said.
Healing a Blind Man
22They came to Bethsaida.8:22 Jn 12:21 They brought a blind8:22 Mt 15:14 man to him and begged him to touch him.
25Again Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes. The man looked intently and his sight was restored and he saw everything clearly.
Peter’s Confession of the Messiah
29 “But you,” he asked them, “who do you say that I am?”
Peter8:29 Lk 6:14 answered him, “You are the Messiah.”8:29 Mt 1:17; Eph 5:2
His Death and Resurrection Predicted
31Then8:31–9:1 Mt 16:21–28; Lk 9:21–27 he began to teach them that it was necessary for the Son of Man8:31 Mk 2:10 to suffer many things and be rejected8:31 Mt 21:42; Mk 12:10; Lk 9:22; 17:25; 20:17; Heb 12:17; 1Pt 2:4,7 by the elders,8:31 3Jn 1 chief priests, and scribes,8:31 Mt 2:4 be killed, and rise8:31 Mt 16:21; Lk 18:33; Ac 2:24 after three days.8:31 Lk 9:22
32He spoke openly about this. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
Take Up Your Cross
34Calling the crowd along with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself,8:34 Mk 10:45 take up his cross,8:34 Lk 9:23 and follow me.8:34 Jn 8:12; 3Jn 9
35For whoever wants to save8:35 Ac 16:30; Jms 5:20; Jd 23 his life will lose it,8:35 1Jn 3:16 but whoever loses8:35 Mt 16:26 his life8:35 Mt 10:39 because of me8:35 Mk 10:29; Rm 8:36 and the gospel8:35 Mk 1:1; Php 1:5 will save it.8:35 Mt 16:25; Lk 9:24
36For what does it benefit8:36 Mk 5:26 someone to gain8:36 Mt 16:26 the whole world8:36 Mt 13:38 and yet lose8:36 1Co 3:15; Php 3:7 his life?8:36 Rm 15:1
38For whoever is ashamed8:38 Rm 1:16 of me and my words8:38 Mk 4:14; Jn 18:32 in this adulterous and sinful8:38 1Tm 1:15 generation,8:38 Mt 12:39; Lk 11:29 the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory8:38 Lk 9:32; Jn 17:24; 2Co 3:18; 2Pt 3:18 of his Father8:38 Mt 5:16; 11:27; Jn 8:42 with the holy8:38 1Co 7:14 angels.”8:38 Mt 13:49; Ac 5:19; Jd 14; Rv 14:6
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