34As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. 35When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; 36send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat. 37But he answered them, You give them something to eat. They said to him, Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii* worth of bread, and give it to them to eat? 38And he said to them, How many loaves have you? Go and see. When they had found out, they said, Five, and two fish. 39Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. 41Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. 42And all ate and were filled; 43and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.
45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.
47 When evening came, the boat was out on the lake, and he was alone on the land. 48When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the lake. He intended to pass them by. 49But when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; 50for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid. 51Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
53 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. 54When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, 55and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the market-places, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.
7Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him,
2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them.
3(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands,* thus observing the tradition of the elders;
4and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it;* and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.*)
5So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, Why do your disciples not live* according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?
6He said to them, Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,
This people honours me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
7 in vain do they worship me,
teaching human precepts as doctrines.
8You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.
9 Then he said to them, You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition! 10For Moses said, Honour your father and your mother; and, Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die. 11But you say that if anyone tells father or mother, Whatever support you might have had from me is Corban (that is, an offering to God*) 12then you no longer permit doing anything for a father or mother, 13thus making void the word of God through your tradition that you have handed on. And you do many things like this.
14 Then he called the crowd again and said to them, Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.*
17 When he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable.
18He said to them, Then do you also fail to understand? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile,
19since it enters, not the heart but the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? (Thus he declared all foods clean.)
20And he said, It is what comes out of a person that defiles.
21For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder,
22adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly.
23All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.
24 From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre.* He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, 25but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. 26Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27He said to her, Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the childrens food and throw it to the dogs. 28But she answered him, Sir,* even the dogs under the table eat the childrens crumbs. 29Then he said to her, For saying that, you may gothe demon has left your daughter. 30So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. 34Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. 35And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36Then Jesus* ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37They were astounded beyond measure, saying, He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.
8In those days when there was again a great crowd without anything to eat, he called his disciples and said to them, 2I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. 3If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the wayand some of them have come from a great distance. 4His disciples replied, How can one feed these people with bread here in the desert? 5He asked them, How many loaves do you have? They said, Seven. 6Then he ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground; and he took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed them to the crowd. 7They had also a few small fish; and after blessing them, he ordered that these too should be distributed. 8They ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 9Now there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away. 10And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.*
11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, asking him for a sign from heaven, to test him. 12And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation. 13And he left them, and getting into the boat again, he went across to the other side.
14 Now the disciples* had forgotten to bring any bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.
15And he cautioned them, saying, Watch outbeware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.*
16They said to one another, It is because we have no bread.
17And becoming aware of it, Jesus said to them, Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened?
18Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? And do you not remember?
19When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect? They said to him, Twelve.
20And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect? And they said to him, Seven.
21Then he said to them, Do you not yet understand?
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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