1. In those days, when there were great crowds and there was nothing to eat, he called his disciples and said to them,
2. "I will be merciful to them gathered here,* that, behold, they have held fast with me three days and they have had nothing to eat.
3. "And if I send them while fasting to their houses, they will collapse on the way. Some of them* have come from afar.
4. His disciples said to him, "What can a man* do in the desert, to consecrate* for all these?"
5. And he asked them, "How many breads do you have?" And they said to him, "Seven."
6. And he invited the congregation* to sit down on the ground,* and he consecrated the seven breads and he blessed and gave them to his disciples to divide them and they divided them to the crowds*.
7. And there were a few fish, and they too he blessed and said they should divide them [among the people.]
8. And they ate and were satisfied, and they gathered seven baskets of excess fragments.
9. The people that ate were about four thousand. And Eashoa ended their fast.*
10. And at once he climbed aboard the vessel with his disciples and came to the land of oppression*.
11. And the Pharisees came out and began making demands to him,* and they asked him for signs from heaven, so as to test him.
12. And he sighed inwardly* and said, "Why does this generation ask for signs? Amen, I am telling you, this generation will not be given any signs."
13. And he left them and went aboard the vessel, and they made the crossing.*
14. And they sought to consecrate the bread and they did not have one flat piece of bread with them on board the vessel.
15. And he instructed and told them, "Look, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod."
16. And everyone thought to themselves,* and said, "We have no bread."
17. Eashoa, however, knew and he told them, "Why are you looking like that, that you do not have bread? And you did not learn? Is your heart still heavy?*
18. "And you have eyes, and yet you do not see? And you have ears, and yet you do not hear? And you do not recall?
19. "When I broke the five breads for the five thousand, how many basketful of fragments did you gather?" They said to him, "Twelve."
20. And he said to them, "And when the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets of fragments did you fill and carry?" They said, "Seven."
21. He said to them, "Why then do you still not understand?"
22. And he came to Bethsaida, and they brought a blind man, and they begged him to touch him.
23. And he took the blind man by the hand and took him outside the village, and he spat on his hands and consecrated his hand, and he asked him what did he see.
24. And he gazed and said, "I see human beings walking like trees."
25. Again he consecrated his hand on his eyes, and he became whole and saw everything properly*.
26. And he sent him to his house and said, "Do not even enter the village, and tell no one* in the village.
27. And Eashoa and his disciples went out to the villages of Caesarea Philippi, and he asked his disciples on the way and said to them, "Whom do people say that I am?"
28. So they said, "John the Baptist, and others, "Elijah," and others, "One of the prophets."
29. Eashoa said to them, "You, however, what do you say about me?" Simon Keepa [Peter,] replied and said to him, "You are the Messiah Son of the Living Allaha."
30. And he admonished them that they tell no human being.
31. And he began to teach them, that it was destined for the Son of Man to receive much sorrow, and be denigrated by the priests and the chief high priests and be killed, and on the third day to rise.
32. And he revealed that manifestation openly.* And Keepa [Peter,] took him aside* and admonished him.
33. He turned and looked at his disciples and admonished Simon, and said, "Fall back of me, Satan, you have no regard for [what belongs to] Allaha, except for [what belongs to] human beings."
34. And Eashoa called the crowds together with his disciples, and he said to them, "Whoever wishes to follow me, will curse himself and take up his cross and follow me.
35. "For whoever wish to spare their life, will lose it. And whoever sacrifice their life because of me and because of their faith in me, will Live.
36. "For what benefits the human being if they gain the whole world and lose themselves?
37. "Or what does a human being get in exchange for their life?
38. "For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this sinful and adulterous generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of, when he comes in the glory of his father, together with his holy angels."
Return to index pageFOOTNOTES:
*8:2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "This crowd."
*8:3 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Humans of them, however."
*8:4.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Human [being.]"
*8:4.2 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Provide."
*8:6.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Crowd."
*8:6.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "To lay down [to eat.]"
*8:6.3 Lit. Ar. id. "Congregations."
*8:9 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "He released them."
*8:10 Lit. Aramaic: "Dalmanutha."
*8:11 Lit. Ar. expression: "Wanting with him."
*8:12 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "In his spirit."
*8:13 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "They went the crossing."
*8:16 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "They thought one with one."
*8:17 Lit. Ar. figure of speech retained: "Thick." Slow flowing, thick in consistency. Or: insensitive.
*8:25 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "In enlightened [manner.]"
*8:26 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "No human [being.]"
*8:32.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction retained: "And he said that in plain words."
*8:32.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Fetched him."