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The Feeding of the Four Thousand

1In those days, when there was again a great multitude and they had nothing to eat, he called to him his disciples and says to them,
  2“I have compassion on the multitude, because they have continued with me now three days and have nothing to eat,
  3and if I send them away hungry to their home, they will faint on the way, and some of them have come from far away.”
  4And his disciples answered him, “Where will anyone be able to find enough to satisfy these people with bread here in a desolate place?”
  5And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven.”
  6And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground, and he took the seven loaves and, having given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before them, and they set them before the multitude.
  7And they had a few small fish, and having blessed them, he said to set these before them as well.
  8And they ate and were filled, and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces—seven large baskets.
  9Now about 4,000 people were there, and he sent them away.

Religious Leaders Demand a Sign

10And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples, and went into the district of Dalmanutha.
  11And the Pharisees came out and began to dispute with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven, tempting him.
  12And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and says, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”
  13And he left them, got into the boat again, and went away to the other side.

The Leaven of Wrong Doctrine

14And they had forgotten to take bread, and did not have more than one loaf with them in the boat.
  15And he ordered them, saying, “Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”
  16And they began to discuss with one another the fact that they did not have any bread.
  17And Jesus perceiving it says to them, “Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Have your hearts become hardened?
  18Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear?a And do you not remember?
  19When I broke the five loaves among the 5,000, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They say to him, “12.”
  20“And when I broke the seven among the 4,000, how many basketfuls of broken pieces did you take up?” And they say to him, “Seven.”
  21And he said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

Blind Man Healed by Degrees

22And they come to Bethsaida. And they bring to him a blind man and begged him to touch him.
  23And he took hold of the blind man by the hand and brought him out of the village. And when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?”
  24And he looked up and said, “I see people, but I perceive them as trees, walking.”
  25Then he laid his hands on his eyes again, and he looked intently and was restored, and saw everything clearly.
  26And he sent him away to his home, saying, “Do not even enter into the village.”

Peter's Confession of Christ

27And Jesus and his disciples went out into the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, saying to them, “Who do people say that I am?”
  28And they told him, saying, “‘John the Baptist,’ and others say, ‘Elijah,’ but others say, ‘One of the prophets.’”
  29And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and says to him, “You are the Christ.”
  30And he warned them not to tell anyone about him.

Death and Resurrection Foretold

31And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, and the chief priests, and the experts in the law, and be killed, and after three days, rise up.
  32And he spoke this word plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him,
  33but he, turning around and seeing his disciples, rebuked Peter, and says, “Get behind me, Adversary! For you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of man.”

Take Up Your Cross

34And calling to him the multitude, along with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone wants to follow after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
  35For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me and the good news will save it.
  36For what does it profit a person to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?
  37For what can a person give in exchange for his life?
  38For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man also will be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

From Jer. 5:21; Ezek. 12:2.

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