1And now once again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat. So he cal ed hisdisciples to him and said to them, 2'I feel sorry for al these people; they have been with me for three days now and have nothing to eat. 3If I send them off home hungry they wil col apse on the way; some have come a great distance.' 4His disciples replied, 'Where could anyone get these people enough bread to eat in a deserted place?' 5He asked them, 'How many loaves have you?' And they said to him, 'Seven.' 6Then he instructed the crowd to sit down on the ground, and he took the seven loaves, and after givingthanks he broke them and began handing them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed them amongthe crowd. 7They had a few smal fishes as wel , and over these he said a blessing and ordered them to bedistributed too. 8They ate as much as they wanted, and they col ected seven basketfuls of the scraps left over. 9Now there had been about four thousand people. He sent them away 10and at once, getting into the boat with his disciples, went to the region of Dalmanutha. 11The Pharisees came up and started a discussion with him; they demanded of him a sign from heaven,to put him to the test. 12And with a profound sigh he said, 'Why does this generation demand a sign? In truth I tel you, no signshall be given to this generation.' 13And, leaving them again, he re-embarked and went away to the other side. 14The disciples had forgotten to take any bread and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. 15Then he gave them this warning, 'Keep your eyes open; look out for the yeast of the Pharisees andthe yeast of Herod.' 16And they said to one another, 'It is because we have no bread.' 17And Jesus knew it, and he said to them, 'Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you stil notunderstand, stil not realise? Are your minds closed? 18Have you eyes and do not see, ears and do not hear? Or do you not remember? 19When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of scraps did you col ect?'They answered, 'Twelve.' 20'And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many baskets ful of scraps did youcol ect?' And they answered, 'Seven.' 21Then he said to them, 'Do you still not realise?' 22They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought to him a blind man whom they begged him totouch. 23He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the vil age. Then, putting spittle on his eyesand laying his hands on him, he asked, 'Can you see anything?' 24The man, who was beginning to see, replied, 'I can see people; they look like trees as they walkaround.' 25Then he laid his hands on the man's eyes again and he saw clearly; he was cured, and he could seeeverything plainly and distinctly. 26And Jesus sent him home, saying, 'Do not even go into the vil age.' 27Jesus and his disciples left for the vil ages round Caesarea Philippi. On the way he put this question tohis disciples, 'Who do people say I am?' 28And they told him, 'John the Baptist, others Elijah, others again, one of the prophets.' 29'But you,' he asked them, 'who do you say I am?' Peter spoke up and said to him, 'You are the Christ.' 30And he gave them strict orders not to tell anyone about him. 31Then he began to teach them that the Son of man was destined to suffer grievously, and to berejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and to be put to death, and after three days to riseagain; 32and he said all this quite openly. Then, taking him aside, Peter tried to rebuke him. 33But, turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said to him, 'Get behind me, Satan! Youare thinking not as God thinks, but as human beings do.' 34He called the people and his disciples to him and said, 'If anyone wants to be a fol ower of mine, lethim renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35Anyone who wants to save his life wil lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, and for thesake of the gospel, wil save it. 36What gain, then, is it for anyone to win the whole world and forfeit his life? 37And indeed what can anyone offer in exchange for his life? 38For if anyone in this sinful and adulterous generation is ashamed of me and of my words, the Son ofman wil also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.'
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