1 After this JesusI wentII to the other side of the SeaIII of Galilee,IV also called the Sea of Tiberias.V
2 A largeVI crowdVII kept followingVIII him because they sawIX
the signsX that he was doingXI for the sick.XII
3 Jesus went upXIII the mountainXIV and sat downXV there with his disciples.XVI
4 Now the Passover,XVII the festivalXVIII of the Jews,XIX was near.XX
5 When he looked upXXI and sawXXII a large crowd comingXXIII toward him,
Jesus saidXXIV to Philip,XXV “Where are we to buyXXVI breadXXVII for these people to eat?”XXVIII
6 He said this to testXXIX him, for he himself knewXXX what he was going toXXXI do.
7 Philip answered him, “Two hundredXXXII denariiXXXIII would not buy enoughXXXIV bread for eachXXXV of them to getXXXVI a little.”XXXVII
8 OneXXXVIII of his disciples, Andrew,XXXIX SimonXL Peter’sXLI brother,XLII said to him,
9 “There is a boyXLIII here who hasXLIV fiveXLV barleyXLVI loavesXLVII and twoXLVIII fish.XLIX But what are they among so many people?”
10 Jesus said, “MakeL the peopleLI sit down.”LII
Now there was a great dealLIII of grassLIV in the place,LV so they sat down,LVI about five thousandLVII in all.
11 Then Jesus tookLVIII the loaves, and when he had given thanksLIX he distributedLX them
to those who were seated;LXI soLXII also the fish, as much as they wanted.LXIII
12 When they were satisfied,LXIV he toldLXV his disciples, “Gather upLXVI
the fragmentsLXVII left over,LXVIII so that nothing may be lost.”LXIX
13 So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten,LXX they filledLXXI twelveLXXII baskets.LXXIII
14 When the people sawLXXIV the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeedLXXV the prophetLXXVI who is to come into the world.”LXXVII
15 When Jesus realizedLXXVIII that they were about toLXXIX come and take him by forceLXXX
to make him king,LXXXI he withdrewLXXXII again to the mountain by himself.LXXIII
16 When eveningLXXXIV came,LXXXV his disciples went downLXXXVI to the sea,
17 gotLXXXVII into a boat,LXXXVIII and startedLXXXIX
across the sea to Capernaum.XC It wasXCI now dark,XCII and Jesus had not yet come to them.
18 The sea became roughXCIII because a strongXCIV windXCV was blowing.XCVI
19 When they had rowedXCVII about threeXCVIII or fourXCIX miles,C
they sawCI Jesus walkingCII on the sea and comingCIII near the boat, and they were terrified.CIV
20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”CV 21 Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediatelyCVI the boat reachedCVII the landCVIII toward which they were going.CIX
22 The next dayCX the crowd that had stayedCXI on the other side of the sea sawCXII that there had been onlyCXIII one boatCXIV there.
They also saw that Jesus had not gottenCXV into the boatCXVI with his disciples but that his disciples had gone awayCXVII alone.CXVIII
23 But some boatsCXIX from Tiberias cameCXX near the place where they had eatenCXXI the bread after the LordCXXII had given thanks.
24 So when the crowd sawCXXIII that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves gotCXXIV into the boatsCXXV and wentCXXVI to Capernaum looking forCXXVII Jesus.
25 When they foundCXXVIII him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi,CXXIX when did you comeCXXX here?”
26 Jesus answered them, “Very truly,CXXXI I tell you, you are looking for me not because you sawCXXXII signs but because you ateCXXXIII your fillCXXXIV of the loaves.
27 Do not workCXXXV for the foodCXXXVI that perishesCXXXVII but for the food that enduresCXXXVIII
for eternalCXXXIX life,CXL which the SonCXLI of ManCXLII will giveCXLIII you.
For it is on him that GodCXLIV the FatherCXLV has set his seal.”CXLVI
28 Then they said to him, “What must we do to performCXLVII the worksCXLVIII of God?”
29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believeCXLIX in him whom he has sent.”CL
30 So they said to him, “What sign are you going to giveCLI us, then, so that we may seeCLII it and believe you? What work are you performing?CLIII 31 Our ancestorsCLIV ateCLV the mannaCLVI
in the wilderness,CLVII as it is written,CLVIII ‘He gave them bread from heavenCLIX to eat.’”CLX
32 Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not MosesCLXI who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the trueCLXII bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which comes downCLXIII from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34 They said to him, “Sir,CLXIV give us this bread always.”CLXV
35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comesCLXVI to me will never be hungry,CLXVII and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.CLXVIII
36 But I said to you that you have seenCLXIX me and yet do not believe. 37 EverythingCLXX that the Father gives me will comeCLXXII to me, and anyone who comesCLXXII to me I will never driveCLXXIII away,
38 for I have come down from heaven not to do my own willCLXXIV but the will of him who sentCLXXV me. 39 And this is the will of him who sentCLXXVI me, that I should lose nothing of allCLXXVII that he has given me
but raise it upCLXXVIII on the lastCLXXIX day.CLXXX 40 This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who seeCLXXXI the Son and believe in him may have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day.”
41 Then the Jews began to complainCLXXXII about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”
42 They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph,CLXXXIII whose father and motherCLXXXIV we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”
43 Jesus answered them, “Do not complain among yourselves. 44 No one canCLXXXV comeCLXXXVI to me unless drawnCLXXXVII by the Father who sentCLXXXVIII me, and I will raise that person up on the last day.
45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taughtCLXXXIX by God.’ EveryoneCXC who has heardCXCI and learnedCXCII from the Father comesCXCIII to me.
46 Not that anyone has seenCXCIV the Father except the one who is from God; he has seenCXCV the Father. 47 Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ateCXCVI the manna in the wilderness, and they died.CXCVII 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eatCXCVIII of it and not die.
51 I am the livingCXCIX bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eatsCC of this bread will live forever,CCI and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”CCII
52 The Jews then disputedCCIII among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”CCIV
53 So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eatCCV the flesh of the Son of Man and drinkCCVI his blood,CCVII you have no life in you.
54 Those who eatCCVIII my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day, 55 for my flesh is trueCCIX food, and my blood is trueCCX drink.CCXI 56 Those who eatCCXII my flesh and drinkCCXIII my blood abideCCXIV in me and I in them.
57 Just as the living Father sentCCXV me and I live because of the Father, so whoever eatsCCXVI me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which the ancestors ate,CCXVII and they died. But the one who eatsCCXVIII this bread will live forever.” 59 He said these things while he was teachingCCXIX in a synagogueCCXX at Capernaum.
60 When manyCCXXI of his disciples heard it, they said, “This teachingCCXXII is difficult;CCXXIII who can acceptCCXXIV it?”
61 But Jesus, being awareCCXXV that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, “Does this offendCCXXVI you? 62 Then what if you were to seeCCXXVII the Son of Man ascendingCCXXVIII to where he was before?
63 It is the spiritCCXXIX that gives life;CCXXX the flesh is useless.CCXXXI
The wordsCCXXXII that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But among you there are some who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginningCCXXXIII who were the ones who did not believe and who was the one who would betrayCCXXXIV him.
65 And he said, “For this reason I have toldCCXXXV you that no one can comeCCXXXVI to me unless it is grantedCCXXXVII by the Father.”
66 Because of this many of his disciples turned backCCXXXVIII and no longer went aboutCCXXXIX with him. 67 So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wishCCXL to go away?”CCXLI
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go?CCXLII You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and knowCCXLIII that you are the Holy OneCCXLIV of God.”
70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not chooseCCXLV you, the twelve? Yet one of you is a devil.”CCXLVI
71 He was speaking of JudasCCXLVII son of Simon Iscariot,CCXLVIII for he, though one of the twelve, was going toCCXLIX betray him.
Image credit: “Peter Tries to Walk on Water” by Jeff Anderson, Siku, and Richard Thomas of Edge Group – Lion Hudson.