At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven."42
They said, "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph,1 whose father and mother we know?2 How can he now say, 'I came down from heaven'?"343"Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered.
44"No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him,4 and I will raise him up at the last day.45It is written in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.'a5 Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.46No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God;6 only he has seen the Father.47I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.748I am the bread of life.849Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died.950But here is the bread that comes down from heaven,10 which a man may eat and not die.51I am the living bread11 that came down from heaven.12 If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."1352
Then the Jews14 began to argue sharply among themselves,15 "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh16 of the Son of Man17 and drink his blood,18 you have no life in you.54Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.1955For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.56Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.2057Just as the living Father sent me21 and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.58This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever."2259
He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
On hearing it, many of his disciples23 said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?"2461
Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, "Does this offend you?2562What if you see the Son of Man26 ascend to where he was before!2763The Spirit gives life;28 the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spiritb and they are life.64Yet there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus had known29 from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.3065
He went on to say, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him."3166
From this time many of his disciples32 turned back and no longer followed him.
67"You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve.3368
Simon Peter answered him,34 "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.3569
We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."3670
Then Jesus replied, "Have I not chosen you,37 the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!"3871
(He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot,39 who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.)40