When Jesus heard about John, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. When the crowds learned this, they followed him on foot from the cities.
When Jesus arrived and saw a large crowd, he had compassion for them and healed those who were sick.
That evening his disciples came and said to him, "This is an isolated place and it's getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go into the villages and buy food for themselves."
But Jesus said to them, "There's no need to send them away. You give them something to eat."
They replied, "We have nothing here except five loaves of bread and two fish."
He said, "Bring them here to me."
He ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves of bread and the two fish, looked up to heaven, blessed them and broke the loaves apart and gave them to his disciples. Then the disciples gave them to the crowds.
Everyone ate until they were full, and they filled twelve baskets with the leftovers.
About five thousand men plus women and children had eaten.