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First Reading for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

2 Kings 4:42-44

Summary: Elisha fed a hundred people with only twenty barley loaves, fulfilling God's promise that there would be food left over.

Miracle of the Barley Loaves

A man came from Baal-shalishah bringing to Elisha, the man of God, twenty barley loaves made from the firstfruits, and fresh grain in the ear.

Elisha said, “Give it to the people to eat.”

But his servant objected, “How can I set this before a hundred people?”

Elisha insisted, “Give it to the people to eat.”

“For thus says the LORD, ‘They shall eat and there shall be some left over.’”

And when they had eaten, there was some left over, as the LORD had said.

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