The five ... the two (tou pente ... tou duo). Pointing back to verse Mark 13 , fine example of the Greek article. And gave (kai edidou). Imperfect active of didwmi, kept on giving. This picturesque imperfect is preceded by the aorist kateklasen (brake), a single act. This latter verb in the N.T. only here and the parallel in Mark 6:41 , though common enough in ancient Greek. We say "break off" where here the Greek has "break down" (or thoroughly), perfective use of kata.