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Matthew 14:21

21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Read Matthew 14:21 Using Other Translations

And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children!

What does Matthew 14:21 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Matthew 14:21

And they that had eaten were about five thousand men,
&c.] The word "about", is omitted in the Vulgate Latin, in Munster's Hebrew Gospel, and in the Syriac, Arabic, and Persic versions, which expressly say there were so many. A large number indeed, to be fed with five loaves and two fishes!

besides women and children;
who were not taken into the account, though they all ate, and were filled, it not being usual with the Jews to number their women; and who might be near as large a number as the men: for generally there is a very great concourse of the female sex, and of children, where anything extraordinary, or out of the way, is to be seen or heard; and of this sort was a large number of Christ's audience, who only came out of curiosity, or for one sinister end or another.

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