In those days, when there was again a great multitude and they had nothing to eat, Jesus called to Him His disciples and said. "I have compassion on the multitude, because they have been with Me already three days and have nothing to eat. And I am not willing to send them away fasting to their homes, lest they faint on the way: and some of them have come from afar." And His disciples answered and said to Him, "Whence should we have so many loaves as to satisfy so great a multitude here in a desert place?" And Jesus asked them, "How many loaves have ye?" Then they said, "Seven, and a few small fishes."
And He commanded the multitude to recline on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and the fishes, and, having given thanks, He broke and gave to His disciples to set before them; and they set them before the multitude. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up of the broken pieces that remained over, seven baskets full. Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. And He sent the multitudes away, and immediately entering into the boat with His disciples, He came into the limits of Magadan, in the province of Dalmanutha.