His disciples replied, "How can one feed these people with bread here in the desert?"
He asked them, "How many loaves do you have?" They said, "Seven."
Then he ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground; and he took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed them to the crowd.
They had also a few small fish; and after blessing them, he ordered that these too should be distributed.
They ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full.
Now there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away.
And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha. a11
The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, asking him for a sign from heaven, to test him.
And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, "Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation."
And he left them, and getting into the boat again, he went across to the other side.
Now the disciples b had forgotten to bring any bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.
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