7.9 Fed Four Thousand Men

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May 21 7.9 Then another large crowd gathered, and they had no food.1 Jesus calling the disciples, said, “I pity this crowd. They have been with me three days without food. If I send them home, some who came from afar will collapse.”2 His disciples asked, “Where can we get enough bread to satisfy this great crowd?”

“How many loaves have you?” asked Jesus. “Seven and some fishes,” they said. Jesus ordered the people to sit. Taking the seven loaves and fishes, he gave thanks, broke them, and passed them to the disciples to distribute. After the crowd was satisfied, the disciples collected seven baskets of surplus. About four thousand men were there besides women and children.