1 In those days, when a large crowd had again gathered and when they had nothing to eat, he called the disciples and said to them, 2 "I am sorry for the crowd; they have been three days with me now, and they have nothing to eat. 3 If I send them home without food they will faint on the road. Besides, some of them have come a long way."
4 His disciples replied, "Where can one get loaves to satisfy them in a desert spot like this?"
5 He asked them, "How many loaves have you got?" They said, "Seven." 6 So he ordered the crowd to recline on the ground, and taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to his disciples to serve out. They served them out to the crowd, 7 and as they also had a few small fish, he blessed them too and told the disciples to serve them out as well. 8 So the people ate and were satisfied, and they picked up seven baskets of fragments which were left over. 9 (There were about four thousand of them.) Then he sent them away, 10 embarked at once in the boat with his disciples, and went to the district of Dalmanutha.
11 Now the Pharisees came out and started to argue with him, asking him for a Sign from heaven, by way of tempting him. 12 But he sighed in spirit and said, "Why does this generation demand a Sign? I tell you truly, no Sign shall be given this generation." 13 Then he left them, embarked again, and went away to the opposite side.
14 They had forgotten to bring any bread, and had only one loaf with them in the boat. 15 So he cautioned them, "See and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod."
16 "Leaven?" they argued to themselves, "we have no bread at all." 17 He noted this and said to them, "Why do you argue you have no bread? Do you not see, do you not understand, even yet? Are you still dull of heart? 18 You have eyes, do you not see? you have ears, do you not hear? 19 Do you not remember how many baskets full of fragments you picked up when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand?" They said, "Twelve."
20 "And how many basketfuls of fragments did you pick up when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand?" They said, "Seven."
21 "Do you not understand now?" he said.
22 Then they reached Bethsaida. A blind man was brought to him with the request that he would touch him. 23 So he took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village; then, after spitting on his eyes, he laid his hands on him and asked him, "Do you see anything?"
24 He began to see and said, "I can make out people, for I see them as large as trees, moving."
25 At this he laid his hands on his eyes once more, and the man stared in front of him; he was quite restored and saw everything distinctly. 26 And Jesus sent him home, saying, "Do not go even into the village."
27 Then Jesus and his disciples set off for the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road he inquired of his disciples, "Who do people say I am?"
28 "John the Baptist," they told him, "though some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the prophets."
29 So he inquired of them, "And who do you say I am?" Peter replied, "You are the Christ."
30 Then he forbade them to tell anyone about him.
31 And he proceeded to teach them that the Son of man had to endure great suffering, to be rejected by the elders and the high priests and the scribes, to be killed and after three days to rise again; 32 he spoke of this quite freely. Peter took him and began to reprove him for it,
33 but he turned on him and noticing his disciples reproved Peter, telling him, "Get behind me, you Satan! Your outlook is not God's but man's."
34 Then he called the crowd to him with his disciples and said to them, "If anyone wishes to follow me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and so follow me; 35 for whoever wants to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. 36 What profit is it for a man to gain the whole world and to forfeit his soul? 37 What could a man offer as an equivalent for his soul? 38 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this disloyal and sinful generation, the Son of man will be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.