1 At that time, as the company were very numerous, and had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples, and said, 2 I am concern'd for this people, they have been with me now three days without having had any thing to eat. 3 if I send them home fasting, they will faint by the way: for some of them are come very far.
4 his disciples answer'd, how is it possible here in the desart to furnish bread enough for all this company?
5 he ask'd them, how many loaves have ye? 6 seven, said they. then he order'd the people to sit down on the ground: and taking the seven loaves, he gave thanks, then broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute among the people, which they accordingly did. 7 and there being a few small fishes, he gave thanks, and order'd them to be distributed. 8 so they all eat and were satisfied, the broken meat that was left amounting to seven baskets. 9 now they that had eaten were four thousand: and then he dismissed them. 10 Soon after he and his disciples embark'd, and arrived in the district of Dalmanutha.
11 there the Pharisees being come, they began to dispute with him, and to try him, desir'd he would work some miracle in the sky. 12 but Jesus fetching a deep sigh, said, why does this generation require a sign? I assure you, they shall have none. 13 then leaving them he went aboard again, and pass'd to the other side.
14 Now the disciples had forgot to take bread, and had but one loaf aboard with them. 15 as he was then directing them diligently to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod,
16 they said to one another, this is because we did not take bread: which Jesus perceiving, 17 said, why do you trouble your heads about your having no bread? are you yet so void of sense, and understanding? are your minds so blinded? 18 have you eyes, and yet don't see? have you ears, and yet not hear? have you lost your memory too? 19 when I divided the five loaves among five thousand people, how many baskets full of fragments did you take away? they answer'd, twelve.
20 and when I divided the seven loaves among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments did you carry away? they answered, seven.
21 don't you yet, said he, comprehend my meaning?
22 Afterwards Jesus went to Bethsaida, where they presented to him a blind man, whom they entreated Jesus to touch. 23 then taking the blind man by the hand, he led him out of town, when applying his spittle to the man's eyes, and laying his hands upon him, he ask'd if he saw any thing.
24 so looking up, he said, I see men; for by their walking I distinguish them from trees.
25 then he put his hands upon his eyes, and made him look again. and his sight was so well recovered, he could see distinctly. 26 so he sent him home, with a charge not to go into the town, nor mention it to any body belonging to that place.
27 From thence Jesus went attended with his disciples to the villages of Cesarea Philippi. and ask'd them by the way, who do they say I am?
28 they answered, some say you are John the Baptist; others, Elias; and others, one of the prophets.
29 but who, said he, do you take me to be? Peter answered, you are the Messiah:
30 upon which he gave them a severe charge, not to say that of him to any man.
31 At length he began to inform them, that the son of man should suffer many indignities, be rejected by the chief priests, Scribes, and senators, be even put to death, and after three days should rise again. 32 and this he said in such an undisguised manner, that Peter took him aside, and pretended to reprimand him.
33 but Jesus return'd, and looking upon his disciples, he gave Peter this rebuke, be gone, thou adversary, your views are all worldly, regardless of what is divine.
34 Then addressing himself to the people, and his disciples, he said, he that desires to be under my conduct, let him renounce himself, and follow me. 35 for he that would save his life, shall lose it; and he that would lose his life out of love to me and the gospel, he shall save it. 36 what advantage is it for a man to gain the whole world with the loss of his life? 37 or what would not a man bestow to preserve himself? 38 whosoever therefore shall be asham'd of me, and of my doctrine in this degenerate and corrupted age, of him likewise shall the son of man be asham'd, when he shall come with the glory of his father, accompanied with holy angels.