So they (oi men oun). As in verse Matthew 3 . When they were dismissed (apoluqente). First aorist passive participle of apoluw, common verb to loosen, to dismiss. Possibly (Hackett) religious services were held as in verse Matthew 33 (cf. Matthew 13:3 ) and perhaps an escort for part of the way as in verse Matthew 3 . The multitude (to plhqo). Public meeting of the church as in verses Matthew 1-3 . Deissmann (Bible Studies, p. 232) gives illustrations from the inscriptions of the use of plhqo for official, political, and religious gatherings. The committee formally "delivered" (epedwkan) the epistle to the church authorities.