Seven Is Sufficient

Original Dutch Text by Willem Barnard

Music by Ron Klusmeier
English Translation by Fred Kaan
Tune Name: PORT HARDY

Lyrics as Poetry

For the crowd of thousands
sitting on the ground,
seven is sufficient,
seven will go round.

Seven is sufficient,
fish and loaves of bread,
Jesus, for our hunger,
gives us life instead.


Jesus makes his offer:
fish and bread as food.
Make us truly thankful,
make our living good.

Seven is sufficient,
fish and loaves of bread,
Jesus, for our hunger,
gives us life instead.


If we give to Jesus
bread to bless and break,
five and two will feed us
seven days a week.

Seven is sufficient,
fish and loaves of bread,
Jesus, for our hunger,
gives us life instead.


What we give to Jesus,
and with others share,
will at last be gathered:
‘over and to spare’!


Words by
Fred Kaan
Copyright © 1968 by Hope Publishing Company
(Carol Stream, Illinois) for USA and Canada
Copyright © 1968 by Stainer & Bell Limited
(London, England) for all other territories

Scripture References

  • Matthew 14:13-21
  • Matthew 16:5-12
  • Mark 8:1-9
  • Mark 8:14-21
  • Luke 9:12-17
  • John 6:1-14

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Bread
  • Communion
  • Community
  • Eucharist
  • Feeding of multitudes
  • Giving
  • Grace
  • Hope
  • Jesus∶ life & ministry
  • Justice, Human Rights
  • Outreach
  • Share, Sharing
  • Thanksgiving∶  offering thanks
  • Translations∶  Orig. Dutch: W. Barnard

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