Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
Interwoven Gospels

But many saw them going and knew Him, And when the multitudes heard of it, they followed Him and ran together there on foot from all the cities and outran them; because they beheld the signs which He did on the sick. And when Jesus came forth, He went up into the mountain and sat there with His disciples. Now the Passover was near, the feast of the Jews. Then Jesus lifted up His eyes and saw a great multitude coming to Him; and He had compassion on them, because they were as sheep having no shepherd. And He welcomed them; and He began to teach them many things, and spake to them about the kingdom of God. And their sick that had need of healing, he cured. Now when evening was come and the day began to decline, it being already a late hour, the twelve disciples came to Him, saying, "The place is desert, it is already a late hour and the time is passed by; send the multitudes away that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and lodge and buy themselves something to eat."

But Jesus answered and said to them, "They have no need to go away; give ye them to eat." And they say to Him, "Shall we go and buy two hundred shillings' worth of loaves and give them to eat?"

Then He saith to them, "How many loaves have ye? Go and see." He saith to Philip, "Whence shall we buy bread that we may eat?" Now this He said to try him; for He Himself knew what He was about to do. Philip answered Him, "Two hundred shillings' worth of loaves is not sufficient for them, that each one may take a little." One of His disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, saith to Him, "There is a lad here, who hath five barley loaves and two small fishes; but what are these to so many?"

And when the disciples knew, they said to Him, "We have here no more than five loaves and two fishes; unless we should go and buy food for all these people." And He said, "Bring them here to Me." Now there was much grass in the place. Then He said to His disciples, "Make the people recline on the green grass in companies, by fifties." And they did so, and made them all recline in ranks by hundreds and by fifties. And the men were in number about five thousand. Jesus, therefore, took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke the loaves, and kept giving to the disciples to set before the multitude. And the two fishes divided He likewise among them all, as much as they wished. And they all ate and were satisfied. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Now when they were filled, He saith to His disciples, "Gather up the broken pieces that are left over, that nothing may be lost." So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with pieces from the five barley loaves and from the fishes, that were left over by those who had eaten. The men, therefore, seeing the sign that he did, said, "This is truly the Prophet who cometh into the world."

Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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