Late in the day,a the Twelve approached and said to Him, "Send the crowd away, so they can go into the surrounding villages and countryside to find food and lodging, because we are in a deserted place here."
"You give them something to eat," He told them. "We have no more than five loaves and two fish," they said, "unless we go and buy food for all these people."
(For about 5,000 men were there.) Then He told His disciples, "Have them sit down b in groups of about 50 each."
They did so, and had them all sit down.
Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them. He kept giving them to the disciples to set before the crowd.
Everyone ate and was filled. Then they picked upc 12 baskets of leftover pieces.
While He was praying in private and His disciples were with Him, He asked them, "Who do the crowds say that I am?"
They answered, "John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, that one of the ancient prophets has come back."d20
"But you," He asked them, "who do you say that I am?" Peter answered, "God's Messiah!"
But He strictly warned and instructed them to tell this to no one,
saying, "The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, be killed, and be raised the third day."