Matthew 14:16

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

Matthew 14:16 in Other Translations

16 But Jesus said unto them,They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
16 But Jesus said, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat."
16 But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.”
16 But Jesus said, "There is no need to dismiss them. You give them supper."
16 "They don't need to go away," Jesus told them. "You give them something to eat."

Matthew 14:16 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 14:16

But Jesus said unto them
the disciples,

they need not depart;
meaning so long as he was with them, who had power enough to provide a sufficient meal for them, as well as by a word speaking, to heal their diseases; however, to try their faith, and make way for the working of the following miracle, he says to them,

give ye them to eat;
such provisions as you have along with you.

Matthew 14:16 In-Context

14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said.
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