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John: 6
1SOME TIME LATER Jesus withdrew to the farther shore of the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias), 2and a large crowd of people followed who had seen the signs he performed in healing the sick. 3Then Jesus went up the hill-side and sat down with his disciples. 4It was near the time of Passover, the great Jewish festival. 5Raising his eyes and seeing a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, 'Where are we to buy bread to feed these people?' 6This he said to test him; Jesus himself knew what he meant to do. 7Philip replied, 'Twenty pounds [Literally: 200 denarii.] would not buy enough bread for every one of them to have a little.' 8One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him, 9'There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fishes; but what is that among so many?' 10Jesus said, 'Make the people sit down.' There was plenty of grass there, so the men sat down, about five thousand of them. 11Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to the people as they sat there. He did the same with the fishes, and they had as much as they wanted. 12When everyone had had enough, he said to his disciples, 'Collect the pieces left over, so that nothing may be lost.' 13This they did, and filled twelve baskets with the pieces left uneaten of the five barley loaves.
14When the people saw the sign Jesus had performed, the word went round, 'Surely this must be the prophet that was to come into the world.'

Matthew: 14
13WHEN HE HEARD what had happened Jesus withdrew privately by boat to a lonely place; but people heard of it, and came after him in crowds by land from the towns. 14When he came ashore, he saw a great crowd; his heart went out to them, and he cured those of them who were sick. 15When it grew late the disciples came up to him and said, 'This is a lonely place, and the day has gone; send the people off to the villages to buy themselves food.' 16He answered, 'There is no need for them to go; give them something to eat yourselves.' 17'All we have here', they said, 'is five loaves and two fishes.' 18'Let me have them', he replied. 19So he told the people to sit down on the grass; then, taking the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples; and the disciples gave them to the people. 20They all ate to their hearts' content; and the scraps left over, which they picked up, were enough to fill twelve great baskets. 21Some five thousand men shared in this meal, to say nothing of women and children.

Mark: 6
30The apostles now rejoined Jesus and reported to him all that they had done and taught. 31He said to them, 'Come with me, by yourselves, to some lonely place where you can rest quietly.' (For they had no leisure even to eat, so many were coming and going.) 32Accordingly, they set off privately by boat for a lonely place. 33But many saw them leave and recognized them, and came round by land, hurrying from all the towns towards the place, and arrived there first. 34When he came ashore, he saw a great crowd; and his heart went out to them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he had much to teach them. 35As the day wore on, his disciples approached him and said, 'This is a lonely place and it is getting very late; 36send the people off to the farms and villages round about, to buy themselves something to eat.' 37'Give them something to eat yourselves', he answered. 38They replied, 'Are we to go and spend twenty pounds [Literally: 200 denarii.] on bread to give them a meal?' 'How many loaves have you?' he asked; 'go and see.' They found out and told him, 'Five, and two fishes also.' 39He ordered them to make the people sit down in groups on the green grass, 40and they sat down in rows, a hundred rows of fifty each. 41Then, taking the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples to distribute. 42He also divided the two fishes among them. 43They all ate to their hearts' content; and twelve great basketfuls of scraps were picked up, with what was left of the fish. 44Those who ate the loaves numbered five thousand men.

Luke: 9
10On their return the apostles told Jesus all they had done; and he took them with him and withdrew privately to a town called Bethsaida. 11But the crowds found out and followed him. He welcomed them, and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and cured those who were in need of healing. 12When evening was drawing on, the Twelve approached him and said, 'Send these people away; then they can go into the villages and farms round about to find food and lodging; for we are in a lonely place here.' 13'Give them something to eat yourselves', he replied. But they said, 'All we have is five loaves and two fishes, nothing more—unless perhaps we ourselves are to go and buy provisions for all this company.' 14(There were about five thousand men.) He said to his disciples, 'Make them sit down in groups of fifty or so.' 15They did so and got them all seated. 16Then, taking the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. 17They all ate to their hearts' content; and when the scraps they left were picked up, they filled twelve great baskets.

Notes: The most generally known harmonies of the Gospels are based upon the Huck-Lietzmann Synopsis (1936) of the three gospels and Sparks' Synopsis (1964) of four gospels. Many of the passages in these harmonies are too short to display in a useful manner on a web-page.
The katapi New Study Bible Synopsis of the Gospels is based upon the headings displayed in the New Study Bible reference table which in turn follows the headings printed in the United Bible Societies' New Testament in Greek. These sections are more useful for bible study. Columns are arranged so that the first column is your chosen heading from the bible passage list (highlighted). The harmonies that follow across the web-page are then in the normally accepted order.
For Old Testament references quoted by New Testament authors, you should either go back to the passage listing web-page and select the link on the 'version' column; or click on the column heading and search through the chapter for the relevant passage; than select the OT passage from the reference column.

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