Jesus Feeds Five Thousand
After the apostles returned to Jesus,
o 6.30 the apostles returned to Jesus: From the mission on which he had sent them (see 6.7,12,13).
they told him everything they had done and taught.
But so many people were coming and going that Jesus and the apostles did not even have a chance to eat. Then Jesus said, “Let's go to a place
p 6.31 a place: This was probably northeast of Lake Galilee (see verse 45).
where we can be alone and get some rest.”
They left in a boat for a place where they could be alone.
But many people saw them leave and figured out where they were going. So people from every town ran on ahead and got there first.
When Jesus got out of the boat, he saw the large crowd that was like sheep without a shepherd. He felt sorry for the people and started teaching them many things.
35 That evening the disciples came to Jesus and said, “This place is like a desert, and it is already late.
36 Let the crowds leave, so they can go to the farms and villages near here and buy something to eat.”
37 Jesus replied, “You give them something to eat.”
But they asked him, “Don't you know that it would take almost a year's wages
q 6.37 almost a year's wages: The Greek text has “two hundred silver coins.” Each coin was the average day's wage for a worker.
to buy all of these people something to eat?”
38 Then Jesus said, “How much bread do you have? Go and see!”
They found out and answered, “We have five small loaves of bread
r 6.38 small loaves of bread: These would have been flat and round or in the shape of a bun.
and two fish.”
Jesus told his disciples to have the people sit down on the green grass.
They sat down in groups of a hundred and groups of fifty.
41 Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish. He looked up toward heaven and blessed the food. Then he broke the bread and handed it to his disciples to give to the people. He also divided the two fish, so that everyone could have some.
42 After everyone had eaten all they wanted,
43 Jesus' disciples picked up twelve large baskets of leftover bread and fish.
44 There were five thousand men who ate the food.