1After these things Jesus departed across the sea of Gal′i‧lee, or Ti‧be′ri‧as.2But a great crowd kept following him, because they were beholding the signs he was performing upon those who were ill.3So Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he was sitting with his disciples.4Now the passover, the festival of the Jews, was near.5When, therefore, Jesus raised his eyes and observed that a great crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip: “Where shall we buy loaves for these to eat?”6However, he was saying this to test him, for he himself knew what he was about to do.7Philip answered him: “Two hundred de‧nar′i‧i worth of loaves is not enough for them, so that each one may get a little.”8One of his disciples, Andrew the brother of Simon Peter, said to him:9“Here is a little boy that has five barley loaves and two small fishes. But what are these among so many?”
10Jesus said: “HAVE the men recline as at meal.” Now there was a lot of grass in the place. Therefore the men reclined, about five thousand in number.11So Jesus took the loaves and, after giving thanks, he distributed them to those reclining, likewise also as much of the small fishes as they wanted.12But when they had their fill he said to his disciples: “Gather together the fragments that remain over, so that nothing is wasted.”13Therefore they gathered them together, and they filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, which were left over by those who had eaten.
14Hence when the men saw the signs he performed, they began to say: “This is for a certainty the prophet that was to come into the world.”15Therefore Jesus, knowing they were about to come and seize him to make him king, withdrew again into the mountain all alone.
16When evening fell, his disciples went down to the sea,17and, boarding a boat, they set out across the sea for Ca‧per′na‧um. Well, by now it had grown dark and Jesus had not yet come to them.18Also, the sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.19However, when they had rowed about three or four miles, they beheld Jesus walking upon the sea and getting near the boat; and they became fearful.20But he said to them: “It is I; have no fear!”21Therefore they were willing to take him into the boat, and directly the boat was at the land to which they were trying to go.
22The next day the crowd that was standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no boat there except a little one, and that Jesus had not entered into the boat with his disciples but that only his disciples had left;23but boats from Ti‧be′ri‧as arrived near the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks.24Therefore when the crowd saw that neither Jesus was there nor his disciples, they boarded their little boats and came to Ca‧per′na‧um to look for Jesus.
25So when they found him across the sea they said to him: “Rabbi, when did you get here?”26Jesus answered them and said: “Most truly I say to YOU, YOU are looking for me, not because YOU saw signs, but because YOU ate from the loaves and were satisfied.27Work, not for the food that perishes, but for the food that remains for life everlasting, which the Son of man will give YOU; for upon this one the Father, even God, has put his seal [of approval].”
28Therefore they said to him: “What shall we do to work the works of God?”29In answer Jesus said to them: “This is the work of God, that YOU exercise faith in him whom that One sent forth.”30Therefore they said to him: “What, then, are you performing as a sign, in order for us to see [it] and believe you? What work are you doing?31Our forefathers ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”32Hence Jesus said to them: “Most truly I say to YOU, Moses did not give YOU the bread from heaven, but my Father does give YOU the true bread from heaven.33For the bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”34Therefore they said to him: “Lord, always give us this bread.”
35Jesus said to them: “I am the bread of life. He that comes to me will not get hungry at all, and he that exercises faith in me will never get thirsty at all.36But I have said to YOU, YOU have even seen me and yet do not believe.37Everything the Father gives me will come to me, and the one that comes to me I will by no means drive away;38because I have come down from heaven to do, not my will, but the will of him that sent me.39This is the will of him that sent me, that I should lose nothing out of all that he has given me but that I should resurrect it at the last day.40For this is the will of my Father, that everyone that beholds the Son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life, and I will resurrect him at the last day.”
41Therefore the Jews began to murmur at him because he said: “I am the bread that came down from heaven”;42and they began saying: “Is this not Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it that now he says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”43In answer Jesus said to them: “Stop murmuring among yourselves.44No man can come to me unless the Father, who sent me, draws him; and I will resurrect him in the last day.45It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by Jehovah.’ Everyone that has heard from the Father and has learned comes to me.46Not that any man has seen the Father, except he who is from God; this one has seen the Father.47Most truly I say to YOU, He that believes has everlasting life.
48“I am the bread of life.49YOUR forefathers ate the manna in the wilderness and yet died.50This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that anyone may eat of it and not die.51I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread he will live forever; and, for a fact, the bread that I shall give is my flesh in behalf of the life of the world.”
52Therefore the Jews began contending with one another, saying: “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”53Accordingly Jesus said to them: “Most truly I say to YOU, Unless YOU eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, YOU have no life in yourselves.54He that feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has everlasting life, and I shall resurrect him at the last day;55for my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.56He that feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood remains in union with me, and I in union with him.57Just as the living Father sent me forth and I live because of the Father, he also that feeds on me, even that one will live because of me.58This is the bread that came down from heaven. It is not as when YOUR forefathers ate and yet died. He that feeds on this bread will live forever.”59These things he said as he was teaching in public assembly at Ca‧per′na‧um.
60Therefore many of his disciples, when they heard this, said: “This speech is shocking; who can listen to it?”61But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were murmuring about this, said to them: “Does this stumble YOU?62What, therefore, if YOU should behold the Son of man ascending to where he was before?63It is the spirit that is life‐giving; the flesh is of no use at all. The sayings that I have spoken to YOU are spirit and are life.64But there are some of YOU that do not believe.” For from [the] beginning Jesus knew who were the ones not believing and who was the one that would betray him.65So he went on to say: “This is why I have said to YOU, No one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
66Owing to this many of his disciples went off to the things behind and would no longer walk with him.67Therefore Jesus said to the twelve: “YOU do not want to go also, do YOU?”68Simon Peter answered him: “Lord, whom shall we go away to? You have sayings of everlasting life;69and we have believed and come to know that you are the Holy One of God.”70Jesus answered them: “I chose YOU twelve, did I not? Yet one of YOU is a slanderer.”71He was, in fact, speaking of Judas [the son] of Simon Is‧car′i‧ot; for this one was going to betray him, although one of the twelve.