John 6:7
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New International Version
Philip answered him, "It would take more than half a year's wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!"

New Living Translation
Philip replied, "Even if we worked for months, we wouldn't have enough money to feed them!"

English Standard Version
Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.”

New American Standard Bible
Philip answered Him, "Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone to receive a little."

King James Bible
Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Philip answered, "Two hundred denarii worth of bread wouldn't be enough for each of them to have a little."

International Standard Version
Philip answered him, "Two hundred denarii worth of bread isn't enough for each of them to have a little."

NET Bible
Philip replied, "Two hundred silver coins worth of bread would not be enough for them, for each one to get a little."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Phillipus said to him: “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not enough, even if each of them takes a very little.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Philip answered, "We would need about a year's wages to buy enough bread for each of them to have a piece."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Philip answered him, Two hundred denarius of bread is not sufficient for them, that each one of them may take a little.

King James 2000 Bible
Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.

American King James Version
Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.

American Standard Version
Philip answered him, Two hundred shillings worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one may take a little.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Philip answered him: Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one may take a little.

Darby Bible Translation
Philip answered him, Loaves for two hundred denarii are not sufficient for them, that each may have some little [portion].

English Revised Version
Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one may take a little.

Webster's Bible Translation
Philip answered him, Two hundred penny-worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them make take a little:

Weymouth New Testament
"Seven pounds' worth of bread," replied Philip, "is not enough for them all to get even a scanty meal."

World English Bible
Philip answered him, "Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that everyone of them may receive a little."

Young's Literal Translation
Philip answered him, 'Two hundred denaries' worth of loaves are not sufficient to them, that each of them may receive some little;'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:1-14 John relates the miracle of feeding the multitude, for its reference to the following discourse. Observe the effect this miracle had upon the people. Even the common Jews expected the Messiah to come into the world, and to be a great Prophet. The Pharisees despised them as not knowing the law; but they knew most of Him who is the end of the law. Yet men may acknowledge Christ as that Prophet, and still turn a deaf ear to him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - Philip took a calculating method of meeting the difficulty, and looked at the question as one which their entire resources were unable to solve. He did not so much as think of the "whence," or from what quarter the loaves could be procured, as how much money would be required to meet the ease. Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of loaves are not sufficient for them, that each one may take a little. The denarius was equal to about eightpence halfpenny of our money; so that the sum spoken of, probably representing the entire contents of their common purse, was only six pounds fifteen shillings, and was utterly insufficient for the purpose. The conversation preserved by Mark (Mark 6:35-37) cannot well be made part of this language of Philip, but rather follows when the short afternoon was coming on, and the long shadows indicated the near approach of darkness. Philip had told the other disciples of the Lord's question, and they had discussed the possible perils of the case and the intentions of the Lord. It is interesting to see, in Mark, that the same sum was mentioned as being insufficient for the needs of the great multitudes. John has not only abridged the narrative of the synoptists, but added a feature which is of interest, and shows how for some hours the disciples had meditated on what they fancied would be necessary, and had come to the somewhat unwelcome conclusion that they must sacrifice their entire stock of funds. The Lord had first of all made the suggestion. They now go to him, to beseech his influence to send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves something to eat. When the enigmatic words burst from his lips, "Give ye them to eat," the two hundred pennyworth of bread is once more referred to by the disciples as insufficient (Luke 9:12, 13; Matthew 14:15-17).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Philip answered him,.... Very quick and short, and in a carnal and unbelieving way:

two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them. Two hundred pence, or "Roman denarii", which may be here meant, amount to six pounds five shillings of our money; and this sum is mentioned, because it might be the whole stock that was in the bag, or that Christ and his disciples had; or because this was a round sum, much in use among the Jews; See Gill on Mark 6:37. Or this may be said by Philip, to show how impracticable it was to provide for such a company; that supposing they had two hundred pence to lay out in this way; though where should they have that, he suggests? yet if they had it, as much bread as that would purchase would not be sufficient:

that everyone of them might take a little; it would be so far from giving them a meal, or proper refreshment, that everyone could not have a small bit to taste of, or in the least to stay or blunt his appetite: a penny, with the Jews, would buy as much bread as would serve ten men; so that two hundred pence would buy bread enough for two thousand men; but here were three thousand more, besides women and children, who could not have been provided for with such a sum of money.



John 6:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
6This He was saying to test him, for He Himself knew what He was intending to do. 7Philip answered Him, "Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone to receive a little." 8One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to Him,…
Cross References
Matthew 18:28
"But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded.

Mark 6:37
But he answered, "You give them something to eat." They said to him, "That would take more than half a year's wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?"

John 1:43
The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, "Follow me."

John 1:44
Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.

John 1:45
Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote--Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."

John 1:46
"Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," said Philip.

John 1:48
"How do you know me?" Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, "I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you."
Treasury of Scripture

Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.

Two. This sum, rating the denarius at

John 6:7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient …

John 6:6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

John 6:7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient …

John 6:6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

Numbers 11:21,22 And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand …

2 Kings 4:43 And his servitor said, What, should I set this before an hundred …

Mark 6:37 He answered and said to them, Give you them to eat. And they say …

pennyworth.

John 12:5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

Matthew 18:28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, …

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