Matthew 9:36

“But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But when he saw the multitudes, he was moued with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheepe hauing no shepheard.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were distressed and scattered, as sheep not having a shepherd.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But when he saw all the people he was moved with pity for them, because they were troubled and wandering like sheep without a keeper.
- Basic English Bible

But when he saw the crowds he was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed, and cast away as sheep not having a shepherd.
- Darby Bible

But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
- Webster's Bible

And when He saw the crowds He was touched with pity for them, because they were distressed and were fainting on the ground like sheep which have no shepherd.
- Weymouth Bible

But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd.
- World English Bible

And he siy the puple, and hadde reuthe on hem; for thei weren trauelid, and liggynge as scheep not hauynge a scheepherde.
- Wycliffe Bible

And having seen the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, that they were faint and cast aside, as sheep not having a shepherd,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 9:36


9:36 Because they were faint - In soul rather than in body. As sheep having no shepherd - And yet they had many teachers; they had scribes in every city. But they had none who cared for their souls, and none that were able, if they had been willing, to have wrought any deliverance. They had no pastors after God's own heart.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 9:36


Mt 9:36 When he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion. The Lord seldom looked upon a crowd of the poor, lost, human beings without being moved with tender compassion. Because they fainted, and were . . . as sheep having no shepherd. A figure representing their spiritual condition. They "fainted" under the burdens placed on them by pretended shepherds, Pharisees and scribes. They wandered, as sheep left without care.

Discussion for Matthew 9:36

  • I think of a place where there are many teachers or shepherds that labor vainly in their own strength and miss out on the weightier issues of the kingdom. But here Jesus paints a true picture of a father who not only addresses the spiritual desires of the crowd but also goes a head to meet their physical needs. To me that is my our assignment, to increase men in all sphere of life and this is the primary role of a christian. For as HE is so are we in HIM. Praise Jesus.
  • Joseph phelps for verse 36
    Where there is no vision the people can only do what occurred in this scene, wonder around until they perish. I personally think GOD for the revelation through the face of JESUS
  • Its sad and beautiful for mercy with love was extended wrapped in compassion.

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