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1 After this, Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee (some call it Tiberias). 1 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias),
2 A huge crowd followed him, attracted by the miracles they had seen him do among the sick. 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the miraculous signs he had performed on the sick.
3 When he got to the other side, he climbed a hill and sat down, surrounded by his disciples. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples.
4 It was nearly time for the Feast of Passover, kept annually by the Jews. 4 The Jewish Passover Feast was near.
5 When Jesus looked out and saw that a large crowd had arrived, he said to Philip, "Where can we buy bread to feed these people?" 5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?"
6 He said this to stretch Philip's faith. He already knew what he was going to do. 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
7 Philip answered, "Two hundred silver pieces wouldn't be enough to buy bread for each person to get a piece." 7 Philip answered him, "Eight months' wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!"
8 One of the disciples - it was Andrew, brother to Simon Peter - said, 8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up,
9 "There's a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But that's a drop in the bucket for a crowd like this." 9 "Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?"
10 Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." There was a nice carpet of green grass in this place. They sat down, about five thousand of them. 10 Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them.
11 Then Jesus took the bread and, having given thanks, gave it to those who were seated. He did the same with the fish. All ate as much as they wanted. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12 When the people had eaten their fill, he said to his disciples, "Gather the leftovers so nothing is wasted." 12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted."
13 They went to work and filled twelve large baskets with leftovers from the five barley loaves. 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
14 The people realized that God was at work among them in what Jesus had just done. They said, "This is the Prophet for sure, God's Prophet right here in Galilee!" 14 After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, "Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world."
15 Jesus saw that in their enthusiasm, they were about to grab him and make him king, so he slipped off and went back up the mountain to be by himself. 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.
16 In the evening his disciples went down to the sea, 16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake,
17 got in the boat, and headed back across the water to Capernaum. It had grown quite dark and Jesus had not yet returned. 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them.
18 A huge wind blew up, churning the sea. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough.
19 They were maybe three or four miles out when they saw Jesus walking on the sea, quite near the boat. They were scared senseless, 19 When they had rowed three or three and a half miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were terrified.
20 but he reassured them, "It's me. It's all right. Don't be afraid." 20 But he said to them, "It is I; don't be afraid."
21 So they took him on board. In no time they reached land - the exact spot they were headed to. 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
22 The next day the crowd that was left behind realized that there had been only one boat, and that Jesus had not gotten into it with his disciples. They had seen them go off without him. 22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone.
23 By now boats from Tiberias had pulled up near where they had eaten the bread blessed by the Master. 23 Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.
24 So when the crowd realized he was gone and wasn't coming back, they piled into the Tiberias boats and headed for Capernaum, looking for Jesus. 24 Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.
25 When they found him back across the sea, they said, "Rabbi, when did you get here?" 25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, "Rabbi, when did you get here?"
26 Jesus answered, "You've come looking for me not because you saw God in my actions but because I fed you, filled your stomachs - and for free. 26 Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.
27 "Don't waste your energy striving for perishable food like that. Work for the food that sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of Man provides. He and what he does are guaranteed by God the Father to last." 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval."
28 To that they said, "Well, what do we do then to get in on God's works?" 28 Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?"
29 Jesus said, "Throw your lot in with the One that God has sent. That kind of a commitment gets you in on God's works." 29 Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."
30 They waffled: "Why don't you give us a clue about who you are, just a hint of what's going on? When we see what's up, we'll commit ourselves. Show us what you can do. 30 So they asked him, "What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do?
31 Moses fed our ancestors with bread in the desert. It says so in the Scriptures: 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'" 31 Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.' "
32 Jesus responded, "The real significance of that Scripture is not that Moses gave you bread from heaven but that my Father is right now offering you bread from heaven, the real bread. 32 Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.
33 The Bread of God came down out of heaven and is giving life to the world." 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."
34 They jumped at that: "Master, give us this bread, now and forever!" 34 "Sir," they said, "from now on give us this bread."
35 Jesus said, "I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever. 35 Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
36 I have told you this explicitly because even though you have seen me in action, you don't really believe me. 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.
37 Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don't let go. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
38 I came down from heaven not to follow my own whim but to accomplish the will of the One who sent me. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.
39 "This, in a nutshell, is that will: that everything handed over to me by the Father be completed - not a single detail missed - and at the wrap-up of time I have everything and everyone put together, upright and whole. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.
40 This is what my Father wants: that anyone who sees the Son and trusts who he is and what he does and then aligns with him will enter real life, eternal life. My part is to put them on their feet alive and whole at the completion of time." 40 For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."
41 At this, because he said, "I am the Bread that came down from heaven," the Jews started arguing over him: 41 At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven."
42 "Isn't this the son of Joseph? Don't we know his father? Don't we know his mother? How can he now say, 'I came down out of heaven' and expect anyone to believe him?" 42 They said, "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, 'I came down from heaven'?"
43 Jesus said, "Don't bicker among yourselves over me. 43 "Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered.
44 You're not in charge here. The Father who sent me is in charge. He draws people to me - that's the only way you'll ever come. Only then do I do my work, putting people together, setting them on their feet, ready for the End. 44 "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.
45 This is what the prophets meant when they wrote, 'And then they will all be personally taught by God.' Anyone who has spent any time at all listening to the Father, really listening and therefore learning, comes to me to be taught personally - to see it with his own eyes, hear it with his own ears, from me, since I have it firsthand from the Father. 45 It is written in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.
46 No one has seen the Father except the One who has his Being alongside the Father - and you can see me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.
47 "I'm telling you the most solemn and sober truth now: Whoever believes in me has real life, eternal life. 47 I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.
48 I am the Bread of Life. 48 I am the bread of life.
49 Your ancestors ate the manna bread in the desert and died. 49 Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died.
50 But now here is Bread that truly comes down out of heaven. Anyone eating this Bread will not die, ever. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.
51 I am the Bread - living Bread! - who came down out of heaven. Anyone who eats this Bread will live - and forever! The Bread that I present to the world so that it can eat and live is myself, this flesh-and-blood self." 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. 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."
52 At this, the Jews started fighting among themselves: "How can this man serve up his flesh for a meal?" 52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
53 But Jesus didn't give an inch. "Only insofar as you eat and drink flesh and blood, the flesh and blood of the Son of Man, do you have life within you. 53 Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.
54 The one who brings a hearty appetite to this eating and drinking has eternal life and will be fit and ready for the Final Day. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.
56 By eating my flesh and drinking my blood you enter into me and I into you. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.
57 In the same way that the fully alive Father sent me here and I live because of him, so the one who makes a meal of me lives because of me. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.
58 This is the Bread from heaven. Your ancestors ate bread and later died. Whoever eats this Bread will live always." 58 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."
59 He said these things while teaching in the meeting place in Capernaum. 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
60 Many among his disciples heard this and said, "This is tough teaching, too tough to swallow." 60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?"
61 Jesus sensed that his disciples were having a hard time with this and said, "Does this throw you completely? 61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, "Does this offend you?
62 What would happen if you saw the Son of Man ascending to where he came from? 62 What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before!
63 The Spirit can make life. Sheer muscle and willpower don't make anything happen. Every word I've spoken to you is a Spirit-word, and so it is life-making. 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.
64 But some of you are resisting, refusing to have any part in this." (Jesus knew from the start that some weren't going to risk themselves with him. He knew also who would betray him.) 64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.
65 He went on to say, "This is why I told you earlier that no one is capable of coming to me on his own. You get to me only as a gift from the Father." 65 He went on to say, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him."
66 After this a lot of his disciples left. They no longer wanted to be associated with him. 66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
67 Then Jesus gave the Twelve their chance: "Do you also want to leave?" 67 "You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve.
68 Peter replied, "Master, to whom would we go? You have the words of real life, eternal life. 68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
69 We've already committed ourselves, confident that you are the Holy One of God." 69 We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."
70 Jesus responded, "Haven't I handpicked you, the Twelve? Still, one of you is a devil!" 70 Then Jesus replied, "Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!"
71 He was referring to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. This man - one from the Twelve! - was even then getting ready to betray him. 71 (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.)