Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand with Five Loaves of Bread and Two Fish

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As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food,"

Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat."

"We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

"Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. —Matthew 14:15-20, NIV

Illustration of Jesus feeding a crowd of 5,000 people by multiplying five loaves of bread and two fish. He sits on a rock with both arms outstretched. Two fish are on the ground in front of him and a young man kneels with a basket of bread. Three disciples stand around him. A crowd can be seen immediately behind him and in the distant background.


Benziger Brothers, Inc. Bible Stories for Little Children (New York, NY: Benziger Brothers, Inc., 1894) 57


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