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1 After this, Jesus crossed over the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. 1 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias),
2 And a huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miracles as he healed the sick. 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the miraculous signs he had performed on the sick.
3 Then Jesus went up into the hills and sat down with his disciples around him. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples.
4 (It was nearly time for the annual Passover celebration.) 4 The Jewish Passover Feast was near.
5 Jesus soon saw a great crowd of people climbing the hill, looking for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, "Philip, where can we buy bread to feed all 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 was testing Philip, for 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 replied, "It would take a small fortune to feed them!" 7 Philip answered him, "Eight months' wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!"
8 Then Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up. 8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up,
9 "There's a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?" 9 "Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?"
10 "Tell everyone to sit down," Jesus ordered. So all of them -- the men alone numbered five thousand -- sat down on the grassy slopes. 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 loaves, gave thanks to God, and passed them out to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate until they were full. 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 "Now gather the leftovers," Jesus told his disciples, "so that 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 There were only five barley loaves to start with, but twelve baskets were filled with the pieces of bread the people did not eat! 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 When the people saw this miraculous sign, they exclaimed, "Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!" 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 they were ready to take him by force and make him king, so he went higher into the hills alone. 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.
16 That evening his disciples went down to the shore to wait for him. 16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake,
17 But as darkness fell and Jesus still hadn't come back, they got into the boat and headed out across the lake toward Capernaum. 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 Soon a gale swept down upon them as they rowed, and the sea grew very rough. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough.
19 They were three or four miles out when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified, 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 called out to them, "I am here! Don't be afraid." 20 But he said to them, "It is I; don't be afraid."
21 Then they were eager to let him in, and immediately the boat arrived at their destination! 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 morning, back across the lake, crowds began gathering on the shore, waiting to see Jesus. For they knew that he and his disciples had come over together and that the disciples had gone off in their boat, leaving him behind. 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 Several boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the Lord had blessed the bread and the people had eaten. 23 Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.
24 When the crowd saw that Jesus wasn't there, nor his disciples, they got into the boats and went across to Capernaum to look for him. 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 arrived and found him, they asked, "Teacher, how 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 replied, "The truth is, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you saw the miraculous sign. 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 But you shouldn't be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that I, the Son of Man, can give you. For God the Father has sent me for that very purpose." 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 They replied, "What does God want us to do?" 28 Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?"
29 Jesus told them, "This is what God wants you to do: Believe in the one he has sent." 29 Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."
30 They replied, "You must show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What will you do for us? 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 After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! As the Scriptures say, 'Moses 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 said, "I assure you, Moses didn't give them bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven. 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 true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."
34 "Sir," they said, "give us that bread every day of our lives." 34 "Sir," they said, "from now on give us this bread."
35 Jesus replied, "I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever be hungry again. Those who believe in me will never thirst. 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 But you haven't believed in me even though you have seen me. 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.
37 However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
38 For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do what I want. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.
39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them to eternal life at the last day. 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 For it is my Father's will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life -- that I should raise them at the last day." 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 Then the people began to murmur in disagreement because he had said, "I am the bread from heaven." 41 At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven."
42 They said, "This is Jesus, the son of Joseph. We know his father and mother. How can he say, 'I came down from heaven'?" 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 But Jesus replied, "Don't complain about what I said. 43 "Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered.
44 For people can't come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them from the dead. 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 As it is written in the Scriptures, 'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who hears and learns from the Father comes to me. 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 (Not that anyone has ever seen the Father; only I, who was sent from God, have seen him.) 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.
47 "I assure you, anyone who believes in me already has eternal life. 47 I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.
48 Yes, I am the bread of life! 48 I am the bread of life.
49 Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, but they all died. 49 Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died.
50 However, the bread from heaven gives eternal life to everyone who eats it. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.
51 I am the living bread that came down out of heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; this bread is my flesh, offered so the world may live." 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 Then the people began arguing with each other about what he meant. "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" they asked. 52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
53 So Jesus said again, "I assure you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal 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 But those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them at the last day. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is the true food, and my blood is the true drink. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.
56 All who eat my flesh and drink my blood remain in me, and I in them. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.
57 I live by the power of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, those who partake of me will live 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 I am the true bread from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever and not die as your ancestors did, even though they ate the manna." 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 he was teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
60 Even his disciples said, "This is very hard to understand. How can anyone accept it?" 60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?"
61 Jesus knew within himself that his disciples were complaining, so he said to them, "Does this offend you? 61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, "Does this offend you?
62 Then what will you think if you see me, the Son of Man, return to heaven again? 62 What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before!
63 It is the Spirit who gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 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 don't believe me." (For Jesus knew from the beginning who didn't believe, and he knew 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 Then he said, "That is what I meant when I said that people can't come to me unless the Father brings them to me." 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 At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. 66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
67 Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, "Are you going to leave, too?" 67 "You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve.
68 Simon Peter replied, "Lord, to whom would we go? You alone have the words that give eternal life. 68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
69 We believe them, and we know you are the Holy One of God." 69 We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."
70 Then Jesus said, "I chose the twelve of you, but one is a devil." 70 Then Jesus replied, "Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!"
71 He was speaking of Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, one of the Twelve, who would betray him. 71 (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.)