and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the miraculous signs1 he had performed on the sick.
Then Jesus went up on a mountainside2 and sat down with his disciples.
The Jewish Passover Feast3 was near.
When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip,4 "Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?"
He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
Philip answered him, "Eight months' wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!"
Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother,5 spoke up,
"Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?"6
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.
Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks,7 and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted."
So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
After the people saw the miraculous sign8 that Jesus did, they began to say, "Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world."9
Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king10 by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.11
When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake,
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.
A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough.