Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes
Into his hands, being brought him by the disciples from the lad that had them:
and looking up to heaven:
to his Father there, from whom all the mercies and blessings of life come;
he blessed them;
either asked, or commanded a blessing on them, that they might multiply and increase, that there might be a sufficiency for all the people, and that, they might be nourishing to them. Beza observes, that in his most ancient copy, it is read, "he blessed upon them"; which perfectly agrees with the Jewish way of speaking, (tph le Kdb) "he that blesseth upon the bread"; (Nyyh le Krb) "he that blesseth upon the wine"; and so upon the fruits of trees, and upon the fruits of the earth, and upon other things F19;
the loaves, and divided the fishes into parts:
and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude;
as they sat in ranks, and in their distinct companies.
F19 Misn. Beracot, c. 6. sect. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7.