At about this same time he again found himself with a hungry crowd on his hands. He called his disciples together and said,
"This crowd is breaking my heart. They have stuck with me for three days, and now they have nothing to eat.
If I send them home hungry, they'll faint along the way - some of them have come a long distance."
His disciples responded, "What do you expect us to do about it? Buy food out here in the desert?"
He asked, "How much bread do you have?" "Seven loaves," they said.
So Jesus told the crowd to sit down on the ground. After giving thanks, he took the seven bread loaves, broke them into pieces, and gave them to his disciples so they could hand them out to the crowd.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)