38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed
down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap;
for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.’
Mark 6:30-44 (NRSV)
30 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that
they had done and taught.
31 He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place
all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming
and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
32 And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by
33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they
hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them.
34 As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion
for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he
began to teach them many things.
35 When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said,
‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late;
36 send them away so that they may go into the surrounding
country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.’
37 But he answered them, ‘You give them something
to eat.’ They said to him, ‘Are we to go and buy two
hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?’
38 And he said to them, ‘How many loaves have you?
Go and see.’ When they had found out, they said, ‘Five,
and two fish.’
39 Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down
in groups on the green grass.
40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties.
41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up
to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his
disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish
among them all.
42 And all ate and were filled;
43 and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces
and of the fish.
44 Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand