Feeding the Five Thousand
1After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias.
2Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased.6:2 sick
3And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.
4Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near.
5Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?”
6But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.
7Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”
8One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him,
9“There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”
10Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
11And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them 6:11 NU omits to the disciples, and the disciplesto the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.
12So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.”
13Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.
14Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”
Jesus Walks on the Sea
15Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.
16Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea,
17got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them.
18Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing.
19So when they had rowed about 6:19 Lit. 25 or 30 stadiathree or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid.
20But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”
21Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.
The Bread from Heaven
22On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except 6:22 NU omits thatthat one 6:22 NU omits which His disciples had enteredwhich His disciples had entered, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away alone—
23however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks—
24when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.
25And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You come here?”
26Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.
27Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”
28Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
29Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
30Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do?
31Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ”
32Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
33For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”
35And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
36But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe.
37All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will 6:37 certainly notby no means cast out.
38For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
39This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.
40And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Rejected by His Own
41The Jews then 6:41 grumbledcomplained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.”
42And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”
43Jesus therefore answered and said to them, 6:43 Stop grumbling“Do not murmur among yourselves.
44No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
45It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who 6:45 M hears and has learnedhas heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.
46Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father.
47Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes 6:47 NU omits in Mein Me has everlasting life.
48I am the bread of life.
49Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
50This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die.
51I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”
52The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?”
53Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.
54Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
55For My flesh is 6:55 NU true foodfood indeed, and My blood is 6:55 NU true drinkdrink indeed.
56He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
57As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.
58This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”
59These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.
Many Disciples Turn Away
60Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a 6:60 difficulthard saying; who can understand it?”
61When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples 6:61 grumbledcomplained about this, He said to them, “Does this 6:61 make you stumbleoffend you?
62What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before?
63It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
64But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him.
65And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.”
66From that time many of His disciples went 6:66 Or away; lit. to the backback and walked with Him no more.
67Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?”
68But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
69Also we have come to believe and know that You are the 6:69 NU Holy One of God.Christ, the Son of the living God.”
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