In those days, when there was again a large crowd and they had nothing to eat, Jesus
summoned His disciples and *said to them,
'I feel compassion for thepeople because they have remained with Me for three days already and have nothing to eat.
And if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way; and some of them have come from a great distance.'
And His disciples replied to Him, 'Where will anyone be able to find enough
bread here in this
desolate place to satisfy these people?'
And He was asking them, 'How many loaves do you have?' And they said, 'Seven.'
And He *directed the people to recline on the ground; and taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks and broke them, and started giving them to His disciples to serve, and they served them to the people.
They also had a few small fish; and after He had blessed them, He told the disciples
to serve these as well.
And they ate and were satisfied; and they picked up seven large baskets full
of what was left over of the broken pieces.
About four thousand men were there;
and He dismissed them.
And immediately He got into the boat with His disciples and came to the region of Dalmanutha.
And the Pharisees came out and began to argue with Him, demanding from Him a sign from heaven, to test Him.
Sighing deeply in His spirit, He *said, 'Why does this generation demand asign? Truly I say to you,nosign will be given to this generation!'
And leaving them, He again embarked and went away to the other side.
And the disciples
had forgotten to take bread, and did not have more than one loaf in the boat with them.
And He was giving orders to them, saying, 'Watch out! Beware of theleaven of the Pharisees, and the leaven of Herod.'
And they began
to discuss with one another the fact
that they had no bread.
And Jesus, aware of this, *said to them, 'Why are you discussing the fact
that you have no bread? Do you not yet comprehend or understand? Do you still
have your hearthardened?