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VIII.  In those days, there being a very great multitude, and they having nothing to eat, he called to him his disciples, and says to them:

2I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat;

3and if I dismiss them fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way; and some of them have come from afar.

4And his disciples answered him: From whence will one be able to satisfy these men with bread, here in a wilderness?

5And he asked them: How many loaves have ye? And they said: Seven.

6And he commanded the multitude to lie down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and broke, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they set them before the multitude.

7And they had a few small fishes; and having blessed them, he commanded to set these also before them.

8And they ate, and were filled; and they took up of the fragments that were left seven baskets.

9And they were about four thousand. And he dismissed them.

10And straightway entering into the ship with his disciples, he came into the region of Dalmanutha.

11And the Pharisees came out, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.

12And sighing deeply in his spirit, he says: Why does this generation seek a sign? Verily I say to you, there shall no sign be given to this generation.

13And leaving them, he entered again into the ship, and departed to the other side.

14And they forgot to take bread; and they had none in the ship with them, except one loaf.

15And he charged them, saying: Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.

16And they reasoned among themselves, saying: It is because we have no bread.

17And Jesus knowing it, says to them: Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? Do ye not yet perceive, nor understand? Have ye your heart yet hardened?

18Having eyes, do ye not see? And having ears, do ye not hear? And do ye not remember?

19When I broke the five loaves among the five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments did ye take up? They say to him: Twelve.

20And when the seven among the four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments did ye take up? And they said: Seven.

21And he said to them: How is it that ye do not understand?

22And they come to Bethsaida. And they bring to him a blind man, and beseech him to touch him.

23And taking the blind man by the hand, he led him forth out of the village; and spitting in his eyes, and putting his hands on him, he asked him if he beheld anything.

24And looking up he said: I behold men; for I see them as trees walking.

25Then again he put his hands on his eyes, and he saw clearly; and he was restored, and saw all things distinctly.

26And he sent him away to his house, saying: Go not even into the village, nor tell it to any in the village.

27And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the villages of Cæsarea Philippi: And in the way he asked his disciples, saying to them: Who do men say that I am?

28And they answered him saying: John the Immerser; and others, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.

29And he asked them: But who do ye say that I am? And Peter answering says to him: Thou art the Christ.

30And he charged them that they should tell no one concerning him.

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 scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

32And he spoke that saying openly. And Peter, taking him aside, began to rebuke him.

33But he turning about, and seeing his disciples, rebuked Peter, saying: Get thee behind me, Satan; for thou thinkest not the things of God, but those of men.

34And calling to him the multitude, with his disciples, he said to them: Whoever desires to follow after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

35For whoever will save his life shall lose it; but whoever shall lose his life, for the sake of me and of the glad tidings, shall save it.

36For what will it profit a man, to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?

37Or what shall a man give as an exchange for his soul?

38For whoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will also the Son of man be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.