When the day was now far spent (hdh wra pollh genomenh). Genitive absolute. Hwra used here for day-time (so Matthew 14:15 ) as in Polybius and late Greek. Much day-time already gone. Luke 9:12 has it began to incline (klinein) or wear away. It was after 3 P.M., the first evening. Note second evening or sunset in Mark 6:47 ; Matthew 14:23 ; John 6:16 . The turn of the afternoon had come and sunset was approaching. The idiom is repeated at the close of the verse. See on "Mt 14:15".