Matthew 14:19

“And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And hee commanded the multitude to sit downe on the grasse, & tooke the fiue loaues, and the two fishes, and looking vp to heauen, hee blessed, and brake, and gaue the loaues to his Disciples, and the Disciples to the multitude.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed {the food,} and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples {gave them} to the crowds,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass; and he took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he gave orders for the people to be seated on the grass; and he took the five cakes of bread and the two fishes and, looking up to heaven, he said words of blessing, and made division of the food, and gave it to the disciples, and the disciples gave it to the people.
- Basic English Bible

And having commanded the crowds to recline upon the grass, having taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed: and having broken the loaves, he gave [them] to the disciples, and the disciples [gave them] to the crowds.
- Darby Bible

And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and broke, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
- Webster's Bible

and He told all the people to sit down on the grass. Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and after looking up to heaven and blessing them, He broke up the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples distributed them to the people.
- Weymouth Bible

He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass; and he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave to the multitudes.
- World English Bible

And whanne he hadde comaundid the puple to sitte to meete on the heye, he took fyue looues and twei fischis, and he bihelde in to heuene, and blesside, and brak, and yaf to hise disciplis; and the disciplis yauen to the puple.
- Wycliffe Bible

And having commanded the multitudes to recline upon the grass, and having taken the five loaves and the two fishes, having looked up to the heaven, he did bless, and having broken, he gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 14:19


Mt 14:19 He commanded the multitude to sit down. We learn from Mark that they sat down in companies (Mr 6:39). On the grass. John says, "there was much grass there" (Joh 6:10). It was in the spring season, in Nisan, "the month of flowers", and the slopes were rich with the spring grass. Looking up to heaven. In prayer we should use such outward gestures as may most fitly serve to express the inward disposition and holy affections of our heart and soul. He blessed. He either gave thanks or asked the Father's blessing on the food.

Discussion for Matthew 14

  • Insight 777
    V.24 the ship may be Christianity that is tossed in the tempest of the sea (people that do not agree with the doctrine of Jesus) Jesus walked in the Grace of God upon the sea in peace and love. The Disciples feared that the spirit of grace was not enough to save them. Peter feared the army of opposition even though he had understanding and compassion. Replace doubt with a strong trust in God.
  • Eric
    To Joni G's comment. Matthew Chapter 14: Even in the brightness of day, storm clouds or even just dark clouds can darken a sky. Along with that, the wind on the sea can cause an added difficulty in seeing clearly. It is good to question things but in the end, do not doubt that the Lord our God has given his word freely to man to know Him His Son The Holy Spirit. God Bless you.
  • Joni G
    L Prince, my concordance of my Bible has the watches of the Jews in 8 equal parts of 3 hours each. My Bible 's concordance doesn 't give a timeline but the fourth watch is somewhere between 3am to sunrise. The Jews 1st four watches began at sunset and then the 4th watch ended at sunrise. The second 4 watches began at sunrise, so it couldn 't have been the 4th watch of the second set because that was 3pm to sunset and the disciples could have clearly seen him and wouldn 't have thought Jesus was a ghost.
  • Evangelist Chatauna Robinson
    Part 2 of 2: Webster Dictionary states Nautical any of the periods of duty five of four hours, and two of two hours into which the day is divided on shipboard, so that the work is shared among alternating shifts of the crew, by the part of the crew on duty during any such period. I hope that the information from Smith and Webster 's dictionary helps with your answer.
  • Evangelist Chatauna Robinson
    Part 1 of 2: Hello I. Prince: Watches of night: The Jews, like the Greeks and Romans, divided the night into military watches instead of hours, each watch representing the period for which sentinels or pickets remained on duty. The proper Jewish reckoning recognized only three such watches, entitled the first or "beginning of the watches, " Lamentations 2: 19 the middle watch, Judges 7: 9 and the morning watch. Exodus 14: 24 1 Samuel 11: 11 These would last respectively from sunset to 10 P.M. from 10 P.M. to 2 A.M. and from 2 A.M. to sunrise. After the establishment of the Roman supremacy, the number of watches was increased to four, which were described either according to their numerical order, as in the case of the "fourth watch, " Matthew 13: 25 or by the terms "even, " "midnight, " "cock-crowing " and "morning. " Mark 13: 35. These terminated respectively at 9 P.M., midnight, 3 A.M. and 6 A.M. Smith Dictionary .
  • L Prince
    In the 25th verse it mentioned "the fourth watch of the night... " When in our time is the that watch or what hour can we associate with it?

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