131Now when Jesusheard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secludedplace by Himself; and when the apeopleheard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities.
When He wentbashore, He 2saw a largecrowd, and feltcompassion for them and 3healed their sick.
When it was evening, the disciplescame to Him and said, "Thisplace is desolate and the hour is alreadyclate; sosend the crowdsaway, that they may go into the villages and buyfood for themselves."
But Jesussaid to them, "They do not need to goaway; you give them something to eat!"17
They said to Him, "We havehereonly4fiveloaves and twofish."
And He said, "Bring them here to Me."19Ordering the dpeople to esitdown on the grass, He took the fiveloaves and the twofish, and looking up towardheaven, He 5blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds,
and they allate and were satisfied. They picked up what was leftover of the brokenpieces, twelvefull6baskets.
There were aboutfivethousandmen who ate, besideswomen and children.