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John 6 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Feeding the Five Thousand
Jesus Feeds Five Thousand
(Matt. 14:13–21; Mark 6:30–44; Luke 9:10–17 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:1 - After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:2 - Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:3 - And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:4 - Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:5 - Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:6 - But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:7 - Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:8 - One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:9 - “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:10 - Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:11 - And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples[fn] to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:12 - So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:13 - Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:14 - Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”
Jesus Walks on the Sea
(Matt. 14:22–33; Mark 6:45–52 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:15 - Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:16 - Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:17 - got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:18 - Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:19 - So when they had rowed about three or four miles,[fn] they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:20 - But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:21 - Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.
The Bread from Heaven
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:22 - On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except that one which His disciples had entered,[fn] and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away alone—
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:23 - however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks—
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:24 - when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:25 - And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You come here?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:26 - Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:27 - “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:28 - Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:29 - Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:30 - Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do?
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:31 - “Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:32 - Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:33 - “For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:34 - Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:35 - And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:36 - “But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:37 - “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:38 - “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:39 - “This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:40 - “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Rejected by His Own
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:41 - The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:42 - And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:43 - Jesus therefore answered and said to them, “Do not murmur among yourselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:44 - “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:45 - “It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’[fn] Therefore everyone who has heard and learned[fn] from the Father comes to Me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:46 - “Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:47 - “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me[fn] has everlasting life.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:48 - “I am the bread of life.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:49 - “Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:50 - “This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:51 - “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:52 - The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:53 - Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:54 - “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:55 - “For My flesh is food indeed,[fn] and My blood is drink indeed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:56 - “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:57 - “As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:58 - “This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:59 - These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.
Many Disciples Turn Away
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:60 - Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:61 - When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you?
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:62 - What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before?
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:63 - “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:64 - “But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:65 - And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:66 - From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:67 - Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:68 - But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:69 - “Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:70 - Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:71 - He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve.
NKJV Footnotes
NU-Text omits to the disciples, and the disciples.
Literally twenty-five or thirty stadia
NU-Text omits that and which His disciples had entered.
Exodus 16:4; Nehemiah 9:15; Psalm 78:24
Isaiah 54:13
M-Text reads hears and has learned.
NU-Text omits in Me.
NU-Text reads true food and true drink.
NU-Text reads You are the Holy One of God.

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