6 After this, Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or [a]Sea of Tiberias).2 A large crowd was following Him because they had seen the signs (attesting miracles) which He continually performed on those who were sick.3 And Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down there with His disciples.4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was approaching.5 Jesus looked up and saw that a large crowd was coming toward Him, and He said to Philip, “Where will we buy bread for these people to eat?”6 But He said this to test Philip, because He knew what He was about to do.7 Philip answered, “Two hundred denarii (200 days’ wages) worth of bread is not enough for each one to receive even a little.”8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him,9 “There is a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are these for so many people?”10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down [to eat].” Now [the ground] there was [covered with] an abundance of grass, so the men sat down, about [b]5,000 in number.11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks, He distributed them to those who were seated; the same also with the fish, as much as they wanted.12 When they had eaten enough, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the leftover pieces so that nothing will be lost.”13 So they gathered them up, and they filled twelve large baskets with pieces from the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.14 When the people saw the sign (attesting miracle) that He had done, they began saying, “This is without a doubt the promised Prophet who is to come into the world!”
John 6:1Probably the official Roman name of the Sea of Galilee.
John 6:10With this number of men, the total number of people may have exceeded 10,000. The disciples did not have enough money to buy so much food, and the small villages in the area would not have had a sufficient quantity of bread to sell to them.
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