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Marcos 8

1 It was one of those days when there was a great crowd of people. They had nothing to eat so he called his disciples.

2 Jesus said: »I am concerned for these people because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat.

3 »If I send them away to their houses with no food they will be weak and faint. Some of them have a long way to go.«

4 His disciples answered, »How could we get enough bread in this desolate place?«

5 Jesus responded: »How much bread do you have?« They said: »Seven loaves.«

6 He made the people sit on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and gave thanks. He gave the broken bread to his disciples and they served the people.

7 They had some small fish. After blessing them he had them serve the people in the same way.

8 After eating they picked up seven baskets full of food.

9 About four thousand ate. Then he sent them away.

10 Immediately he entered a boat and he and his disciples traveled to Dalmanutha.

11 The Pharisees came to question him. They were testing him and seeking a sign from heaven.

12 He sighed deeply in his spirit and said: »Why does this generation seek a sign? I tell you truly no sign will be given to this generation.«

13 He left them and boarded the boat and departed to the other side.

14 They forgot to take bread and they only had one loaf with them in the boat.

15 He ordered them to be aware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.

16 They reasoned with one another saying: »We have no bread.«

17 Hearing this Jesus said: »Why do you reason about having no bread? Do you not understand? Are your hearts dull of understanding?

18 »Having eyes, do you not see? Having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember?

19 »When I broke the five loaves among the five thousand how many baskets full of broken pieces did you up bring back?« They answered: »Twelve.«

20 And the seven loaves among the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you bring back? And they told him: »Seven.«

21 He said: Do you not yet understand?

22 They arrived at Bethsaida. A blind man was brought to him with the request to touch him.

23 He held the blind man’s hand and led him out of the village. Then he spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him. He asked him: »Do you see?«

24 He answered: »I see men. They look like trees walking.«

25 He laid his hands on his eyes again and his vision was fully restored, he saw everything clearly.

26 He sent him to his home saying: »Do not enter into the village.«

27 Jesus and his disciples went into the villages of Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked his disciples: »Who do men say I am?«

28 They told him: »John the Baptist and others say Elijah. Some say you are one of the prophets.«

29 »Who do you say I am,« Jesus asked. They told him: »You are the Christ.«

30 He commanded them not to tell any man.

31 Then he taught them that the Son of man must suffer many things. The elders, chief priests, and the scribes will reject him. He will be killed and after three days he will rise from the dead.

32 Jesus spoke openly about this. Peter took him aside and rebuked him.

33 He turned around and looked at his disciples. Then he rebuked Peter saying: »Get behind me Satan for you do not pay attention to the things of God. You tend to the things of men.«

34 He then spoke to both his disciples and the crowd. He said: »If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his stake and follow me.

35 »Whoever would save his life will lose it. Whoever would lose his life for my sake and the sake of the Good News will save it.

36 »What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?

37 »What should a man give in exchange for his life?

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

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