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John 6: 1 ― 15

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1     1 2 After this, Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee
      (of Tiberias).

2     A large crowd followed him, because they saw the signs
      he was performing on the sick.

3     Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down
      with his disciples.

4     The Jewish feast of Passover was near.

5     3 When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd
      was coming to him, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy
      enough food for them to eat?”

6     4 He said this to test him, because he himself knew what
      he was going to do.

7     Philip answered him, “Two hundred days’ wages 5 worth
      of food would not be enough for each of them to have a
      little (bit).”

8     One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,
      said to him,

9     “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves 6 and two
      fish; but what good are these for so many?”

10  Jesus said, “Have the people recline.” Now there was a
      great deal of grass 7 in that place. So the men reclined,
      about five thousand in number.

11  Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed
      them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the
      fish as they wanted.

12  When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples,
      “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be
      wasted.”

13  So they collected them, and filled twelve wicker baskets 8
      with fragments from the five barley loaves that had been
      more than they could eat.

14  When the people saw the sign he had done, they said,
      “This is truly the Prophet, 9 the one who is to come into
      the world.”

15  Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry
      him off to make him king, he withdrew again to the
      mountain alone.

1 [1] [Of Tiberias]: the awkward apposition represents a later name of the Sea of Galilee. It was probably originally a marginal gloss.

2 [1-15] This story of the multiplication of the loaves is the fourth sign (cf the note on ⇒ John 5:1-47). It is the only miracle story found in all four gospels (occurring twice in Mark and Matthew). See the notes on ⇒ Matthew 14:13-21; ⇒ 15:32-39. John differs on the roles of Philip and Andrew, the proximity of Passover (⇒ John 6:4), and the allusion to Elisha (see ⇒ John 6:9). The story here symbolizes the food that is really available through Jesus. It connotes a new exodus and has eucharistic overtones.

3 [5] Jesus takes the initiative (in the synoptics, the disciples do), possibly pictured as (cf ⇒ John 6:14) the new Moses (cf ⇒ Numbers 11:13).

4 [6] Probably the evangelist’s comment; in this gospel Jesus is never portrayed as ignorant of anything.

5 [7] Days’ wages: literally, “denarii”; a Roman denarius is a day’s wage in ⇒ Matthew 20:2.

6 [9] Barley loaves: the food of the poor. There seems an allusion to the story of Elisha multiplying the barley bread in ⇒ 2 Kings 4:42-44.

7 [10] Grass: implies springtime, and therefore Passover. Five thousand: so ⇒ Mark 6:39, ⇒ 44 and parallels.

8 [13] Baskets: the word describes the typically Palestinian wicker basket, as in ⇒ Mark 6:43 and parallels.

9 [14] The Prophet: probably the prophet like Moses (see the note on ⇒ John 1:21). The one who is to come into the world: probably Elijah; cf ⇒ Malachi 3:1, ⇒ 23.

 

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