35 Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. 36 Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy something to eat.”
“With what?” they asked. “We’d have to work for months to earn enough money* to buy food for all these people!”
They came back and reported, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish.”
41 Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share. 42 They all ate as much as they wanted, 43 and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish. 44 A total of 5,000 men and their families were fed.*
6:37 Greek It would take 200 denarii. A denarius was equivalent to a laborer’s full day’s wage.
6:44 Some manuscripts read fed from the loaves.