I am the living bread1 that came down from heaven.2 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."3
Then the Jews4 began to argue sharply among themselves,5 "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh6 of the Son of Man7 and drink his blood,8 you have no life in you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.9
For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.10
Just as the living Father sent me11 and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever."12
He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
On hearing it, many of his disciples13 said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?"14
Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, "Does this offend you?15