Matthew 14:16-21

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.
19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.
20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Matthew 14:16 in Other Translations

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

Matthew 14:16-21 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.
19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.
20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.
23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,

Cross References 2

  • 1. Matthew 16:9
  • 2. 1 Samuel 9:13; Matthew 26:26; Mark 8:6; Luke 9:16; Luke 24:30; Acts 2:42; Acts 20:7,11; Acts 27:35; 1 Corinthians 10:16; 1 Timothy 4:4
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