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John 6 Worldwide English (New Testament) (WE)

Then Jesus crossed over the sea of Galilee. (Another name for this sea was Tiberias.)

Many people followed him because they saw the big works he had done in healing the sick people.

Jesus went up on a hill and sat down with his disciples.

The time for the Passover Feast of the Jews was near.

When Jesus looked up, he saw many people coming to him. He said to Philip, `Where shall we buy food for these people to eat?'

Jesus knew what he himself would do, but he said this to see what Philip would do.

Philip answered him, `It would take nearly a year's wages to buy enough food for them, even if each one gets only a little.'

One of Jesus' disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, talked to Jesus.

He said, `A boy here has five loaves of bread and two small fish. But what can that little bit of food do for so many people?'

10 Jesus said, `Tell the people to sit down.' Much grass was there. The number of men who sat down was about five thousand.

11 Then Jesus took the bread and thanked God for it. He gave it to the disciples and they divided it among those who were sitting. He did the same thing with the fish. The people had all they wanted.

12 When they had eaten enough, he said to his disciples, `Gather up all the pieces that are left so that nothing will be lost.'

13 They gathered all the pieces of the five loaves. Twelve baskets full were left over after all the people had eaten enough.

14 When those men saw the big work that Jesus did, they said, `Truly, this is the Prophet that is to come into the world.'

15 The people wanted to take Jesus by force to make him a king. When he saw this, he left again and went on the hill by himself.

16 In the evening his disciples went down to the lake [called the sea of Galilee].

17 They got in a boat and crossed over the sea toward the town of Capernaum. It was dark, but Jesus had not come back to them.

18 A strong wind was blowing. It made the water very rough.

19 They rowed the boat into the middle of the lake. Then they saw Jesus walking on the water. He came close to the boat. They were afraid.

20 But Jesus said to them, `It is I. Do not fear.'

21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat. Then at once the boat reached the land to which they were going.

22 The people who stayed back on the land had seen one boat only. They had seen the disciples get in it and go away without Jesus.

23 But there were some other boats from Tiberias. It was near the place where they had eaten bread, after the Lord had thanked God for it.

24 The next day the people saw that Jesus and his disciples were not there. Then they went to Capernaum in boats to look for Jesus.

25 When they found Jesus on the other side of the lake, they said, `Teacher, when did you get here?'

26 Jesus said, `I tell you the truth. You do not want me because you saw the big works I did, but you want me because you ate all the bread you wanted.

27 Do not work for the food that spoils, but work for the food that will never spoil, the food that will give you life for ever. The Son of Man will give you that food. God my Father has chosen him to do that.'

28 They asked him, `What works does God ask us to do?'

29 Jesus answered them, `The work that God asks you to do is to believe in the one whom he has sent.'

30 They said, `What big work will you do? We want to see it and believe you. What work are you are going to do?

31-32 ur fathers ate bread in the wilderness. The holy writings say, "He gave them bread from heaven to eat." ' Jesus said to them, `I tell you the truth. It was not Moses who gave you that bread from heaven. But my Father gives you true bread from heaven.

33 He who comes down from heaven is the bread that God gives. He is the one who gives life to the world.'

34 They said to him, `Lord, give us this bread always!'

35 Jesus said, `I am the bread that gives life. Anyone who comes to me will never be hungry. Anyone who believes in me will never be thirsty.

36 But I said to you that you have seen me, and yet you will not believe in me.

37 All those whom my Father gives me, they will come to me. I will never turn anyone away who comes to me.

38 I did not come down from heaven to do what I myself want to do. I came to do what the one who sent me wants me to do.

39 My Father sent me. He wants me to lose nothing that he has given me. And he wants me to raise it up on the last day.

40 My Father wants everyone who sees his Son and believes in him to live for ever. I will raise him up on the last day.'

41 The leaders of the Jews did not like Jesus to say, `I am the bread that has come down from heaven.'

42 They said, `Is he not Joseph's son, Jesus? We know his father and mother. How can he say, "I have come down from heaven"?'

43 Jesus answered them, `There is no need for you to talk against me to each other.

44 No one can come to me if my Father does not draw him. He sent me. I myself will raise up the one who comes to me. I will bring him back to life on the last day.

45 The prophets wrote, "God will teach all people." So then, every person who listens to his words and learns what he says, he will come to me.

46 `But no person has seen my Father. The only one who has seen him is the one who comes from God. He has seen my Father.

47 I tell you the truth. The person who believes in me will live for ever.

48 I am the bread that gives life.

49 Your fathers ate bread in the desert long ago, but they died.

50 Here is bread that comes down from heaven. The person who eats this bread will never die.

51 I am the bread that gives life. I came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live for ever. I will give bread so that the world may live. I am that bread.'

52 The leaders of the Jews began to quarrel with each other about what Jesus said. They said, `How can he give us himself to eat?'

53 Jesus said, `I tell you the truth. If you do not eat the Son of Man and do not drink his blood, you will not have life.

54 Anyone who eats me and drinks my blood will live for ever. I will raise him up at the last day.

55 I am real food, and my blood is real drink.

56 Anyone who eats me and drinks my blood is in me and I in him.

57 My Father is living. He sent me. I have my life from him. In the same way, the person who eats of me will live because of me.

58 This bread which came down from heaven is not like the bread that your fathers ate. They ate bread but they died. Anyone who eats this bread from heaven will live for ever.'

59 Jesus was in the meeting house in Capernaum when he was teaching people these things.

60 Many of his disciples heard it. They said, `This is a hard teaching. Who can listen to it?'

61 But Jesus knew that his disciples did not like what he said. He asked, `Is this hard for you?

62 What would you do if you saw the Son of Man go up to the place where he came from?

63 It is the Spirit that gives life. The flesh does not help. The words I say to you are Spirit and life.

64 But even so, some of you do not believe me.' Jesus knew right from the beginning which ones of them would not believe. He knew who was going to give him over to people who hated him.

65 Then Jesus said, `That is why I said to you, "No one can come to me unless my Father lets him come." '

66 After that, many of the followers of Jesus left him and stopped travelling around with him.

67 Jesus said to the twelve disciples, `Will you also leave me?'

68 Simon Peter answered, `Lord, to whom shall we go? It is you who has told us how we may live for ever.

69 We believe now, and we know it is true. You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.'

70 Jesus said to them, `Did I not choose you twelve? And one of you is a devil!'

71 Jesus was talking about Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. Judas was the one who was going to give him over to people who hated him. Judas was one of these twelve disciples.

John 6 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Festival was near.

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “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, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

14 After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

Jesus Walks on the Water

16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 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. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles,[b] they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.

22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone. 23 Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.

Jesus the Bread of Life

25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”

26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

30 So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’[c]

32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”

35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

41 At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”

43 “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. 44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’[d] Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

Many Disciples Desert Jesus

60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”

61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit[e] and life. 64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”

66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.

68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

70 Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” 71 (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.)

Footnotes:

  1. John 6:7 Greek take two hundred denarii
  2. John 6:19 Or about 5 or 6 kilometers
  3. John 6:31 Exodus 16:4; Neh. 9:15; Psalm 78:24,25
  4. John 6:45 Isaiah 54:13
  5. John 6:63 Or are Spirit; or are spirit
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