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1 At about this same time he again found himself with a hungry crowd on his hands. He called his disciples together and said, 1 During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said,
2 "This crowd is breaking my heart. They have stuck with me for three days, and now they have nothing to eat. 2 "I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat.
3 If I send them home hungry, they'll faint along the way - some of them have come a long distance." 3 If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance."
4 His disciples responded, "What do you expect us to do about it? Buy food out here in the desert?" 4 His disciples answered, "But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?"
5 He asked, "How much bread do you have?" "Seven loaves," they said. 5 "How many loaves do you have?" Jesus asked. "Seven," they replied.
6 So Jesus told the crowd to sit down on the ground. After giving thanks, he took the seven bread loaves, broke them into pieces, and gave them to his disciples so they could hand them out to the crowd. 6 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people, and they did so.
7 They also had a few fish. He pronounced a blessing over the fish and told his disciples to hand them out as well. 7 They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them.
8 The crowd ate its fill. Seven sacks of leftovers were collected. 8 The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
9 There were well over four thousand at the meal. Then he sent them home. 9 About four thousand men were present. And having sent them away,
10 He himself went straight to the boat with his disciples and set out for Dalmanoutha. 10 he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha.
11 When they arrived, the Pharisees came out and started in on him, badgering him to prove himself, pushing him up against the wall. 11 The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven.
12 Provoked, he said, "Why does this generation clamor for miraculous guarantees? If I have anything to say about it, you'll not get so much as a hint of a guarantee." 12 He sighed deeply and said, "Why does this generation ask for a miraculous sign? I tell you the truth, no sign will be given to it."
13 He then left them, got back in the boat, and headed for the other side. 13 Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side.
14 But the disciples forgot to pack a lunch. Except for a single loaf of bread, there wasn't a crumb in the boat. 14 The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat.
15 Jesus warned, "Be very careful. Keep a sharp eye out for the contaminating yeast of Pharisees and the followers of Herod." 15 "Be careful," Jesus warned them. "Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod."
16 Meanwhile, the disciples were finding fault with each other because they had forgotten to bring bread. 16 They discussed this with one another and said, "It is because we have no bread."
17 Jesus overheard and said, "Why are you fussing because you forgot bread? Don't you see the point of all this? Don't you get it at all? 17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: "Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened?
18 18 Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don't you remember?
19 Remember the five loaves I broke for the five thousand? How many baskets of leftovers did you pick up?" They said, "Twelve." 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?" "Twelve," they replied.
20 "And the seven loaves for the four thousand - how many bags full of leftovers did you get?" "Seven." 20 "And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?" They answered, "Seven."
21 He said, "Do you still not get it?" 21 He said to them, "Do you still not understand?"
22 They arrived at Bethsaida. Some people brought a sightless man and begged Jesus to give him a healing touch. 22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.
23 Taking him by the hand, he led him out of the village. He put spit in the man's eyes, laid hands on him, and asked, "Do you see anything?" 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man's eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, "Do you see anything?"
24 He looked up. "I see men. They look like walking trees." 24 He looked up and said, "I see people; they look like trees walking around."
25 So Jesus laid hands on his eyes again. The man looked hard and realized that he had recovered perfect sight, saw everything in bright, twenty-twenty focus. 25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.
26 Jesus sent him straight home, telling him, "Don't enter the village." 26 Jesus sent him home, saying, "Don't go into the village. "
27 Jesus and his disciples headed out for the villages around Caesarea Philippi. As they walked, he asked, "Who do the people say I am?" 27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, "Who do people say I am?"
28 "Some say 'John the Baptizer,'" they said. "Others say 'Elijah.' Still others say 'one of the prophets.'" 28 They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets."
29 He then asked, "And you - what are you saying about me? Who am I?" Peter gave the answer: "You are the Christ, the Messiah." 29 "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Christ. "
30 Jesus warned them to keep it quiet, not to breathe a word of it to anyone. 30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
31 He then began explaining things to them: "It is necessary that the Son of Man proceed to an ordeal of suffering, be tried and found guilty by the elders, high priests, and religion scholars, be killed, and after three days rise up alive." 31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.
32 He said this simply and clearly so they couldn't miss it. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
33 Turning and seeing his disciples wavering, wondering what to believe, Jesus confronted Peter. "Peter, get out of my way! Satan, get lost! You have no idea how God works." 33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. "Get behind me, Satan!" he said. "You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."
34 Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, "Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You're not in the driver's seat; I am. Don't run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I'll show you how. 34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
35 Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. 35 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.
36 What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? 36 What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?
37 What could you ever trade your soul for? 37 Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
38 "If any of you are embarrassed over me and the way I'm leading you when you get around your fickle and unfocused friends, know that you'll be an even greater embarrassment to the Son of Man when he arrives in all the splendor of God, his Father, with an army of the holy angels." 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels."