In those days, when there was again a large crowd and they had nothing to eat, 1Jesus called His disciples and said to them,
"2I feel compassion for the people because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat.
"If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way; and some of them have come from a great distance."
And His disciples answered Him, "Where will anyone be able to find enough bread here in this desolate place to satisfy these people?"
And He was asking them, "How many loaves do you have?" And they said, "Seven."
And He directed the people to sit down on the ground; and taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks and broke them, and started giving them to His disciples to serve to them, and they served them to the people.
They also had a few small fish; and 3after He had blessed them, He ordered these to be served as well.
And they ate and were satisfied; and they picked up seven large 4baskets full of what was left over of the broken pieces.
About four thousand were there; and He sent them away.
And immediately He entered the boat with His disciples and came to the district of 5Dalmanutha.
6The Pharisees came out and began to argue with Him, 7seeking from Him a sign from heaven, to test Him.