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11 But a lot of people found out about this and followed him. Jesus welcomed them. He spoke to them about God’s kingdom and healed everyone who was sick.

12 Late in the afternoon the twelve apostles came to Jesus and said, “Send the crowd to the villages and farms around here. They need to find a place to stay and something to eat. There is nothing in this place. It is like a desert!”

13 Jesus answered, “You give them something to eat.”

But they replied, “We have only five small loaves of bread[a] and two fish. If we are going to feed all these people, we will have to go and buy food.”

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Footnotes

  1. 9.13 small loaves of bread: These would have been flat and round or in the shape of a bun.

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