Now when Jesus heard this, 1he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.
When he went ashore he 2saw a great crowd, and 3he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; 4send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves."
But Jesus said, "They need not go away; 5you give them something to eat."17
They said to him, "We have only five loaves here and two fish."
And he said, "Bring them here to me."19
Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, 6he looked up to heaven and 7said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.
And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over.
And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.