John 6:9
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New International Version
"Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?"

New Living Translation
"There's a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?"

English Standard Version
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?”

Berean Study Bible
"Here is a boy with five barley loaves and two small fish. But what difference will these make among so many?"

Berean Literal Bible
"Here is a little boy who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are these for so many?"

New American Standard Bible
"There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?"

King James Bible
There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There's a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish--but what are they for so many?"

International Standard Version
"There's a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two small fish. But what are these among so many people?"

NET Bible
"Here is a boy who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what good are these for so many people?"

New Heart English Bible
"There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these among so many?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“There is a boy here who has five loaves of barley bread and two fish with him; but what are they to all of these?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"A boy who has five loaves of barley bread and two small fish is here. But they won't go very far for so many people."

New American Standard 1977
“There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
There is a lad here, who has five barley loaves and two small fishes, but what are they among so many?

King James 2000 Bible
There is a lad here, who has five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

American King James Version
There is a lad here, which has five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

American Standard Version
There is a lad here, who hath five barley loaves, and two fishes: but what are these among so many?

Douay-Rheims Bible
There is a boy here that hath five barley loaves, and two fishes; but what are these among so many?

Darby Bible Translation
There is a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two small fishes; but this, what is it for so many?

English Revised Version
There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two fishes: but what are these among so many?

Webster's Bible Translation
There is a lad here, who hath five barley-loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

Weymouth New Testament
"There is a boy here with five barley loaves and a couple of fish: but what is that among so many?"

World English Bible
"There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these among so many?"

Young's Literal Translation
'There is one little lad here who hath five barley loaves, and two fishes, but these -- what are they to so many?'
Study Bible
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
8One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9“Here is a boy with five barley loaves and two small fish. But what difference will these make among so many?” 10“Have the people sit down,” Jesus said. There was plenty of grass in that place, so the men sat down, about five thousand of them.…
Cross References
2 Kings 4:43
His attendant said, "What, will I set this before a hundred men?" But he said, "Give them to the people that they may eat, for thus says the LORD, 'They shall eat and have some left over.'"

John 6:11
Then Jesus took the loaves and the fish, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted.

John 21:9
When they landed, they saw that a charcoal fire had been prepared, with fish on it, and some bread.

John 21:10
Jesus told them, "Bring some of the fish you have just caught."

John 21:13
Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and He did the same with the fish.
Treasury of Scripture

There is a lad here, which has five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

which.

Matthew 14:17 And they say to him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.

Matthew 16:9 Do you not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the …

Mark 6:38 He said to them, How many loaves have you? go and see. And when they …

Mark 8:19 When I broke the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets …

Luke 9:13 But he said to them, Give you them to eat. And they said, We have …

barley.

Deuteronomy 8:8 A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; …

Deuteronomy 32:14 Butter of cows, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of …

1 Kings 4:28 Barley also and straw for the horses and dromedaries brought they …

2 Kings 7:1 Then Elisha said, Hear you the word of the LORD; Thus said the LORD…

Psalm 81:16 He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with …

Psalm 147:14 He makes peace in your borders, and fills you with the finest of the wheat.

Ezekiel 27:17 Judah, and the land of Israel, they were your merchants: they traded …

2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he …

Revelation 6:6 And I heard a voice in the middle of the four beasts say, A measure …

but.

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

John 11:21,32 Then said Martha to Jesus, Lord, if you had been here, my brother …

2 Kings 4:42-44 And there came a man from Baalshalisha, and brought the man of God …

Psalm 78:19,41 Yes, they spoke against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in …

(9) Again the account of the eye-witness is the more full and life-like. All tell of the five loaves and two fishes. John knows that they are barley loaves--the ordinary black bread of the Galilean peasant; and that the loaves and fishes are not the property of the disciples, but of a lad or slave who has followed the crowd, in the hope, it may be, of finding a purchaser for them.

The word for "lad" is a diminutive occurring only here (not in the best text of Matthew 11:16), and in many MSS. is accompanied by "one." The word may mean a servant, but it more probably means a child. One lad! What could he bear for so many?

Two small fishes.--Better, two fishes. This word, too, is rightly regarded as a diminutive, but it is not a diminutive of "fish." The original root means to boil; thus the substantive is used, as in Homer, of boiled meat, and then of anything eaten as a relish with bread, and specially of fish. This diminutive is used in the New Testament only here and in John 6:11, and in John 21:9-10; John 21:13. A comparison of the passages will make it clear that St. John means by the word the ordinary relish of fish, which formed, with bread, the staple food of the people.

The whole force of Andrew's remark, with its diminutive words, rests upon the smallness of their power to help, while Philip had dwelt on the greatness of the need.

There is a lad here,.... Who either belonged to Christ and his disciples, and was employed to carry their provisions for them; which, if so, shows how meanly Christ and his disciples lived; or he belonged to some in the multitude; or rather he came here to sell what he had got:

which hath five barley loaves. The land of Canaan was a land of barley, as well as wheat, Deuteronomy 8:8; this sort of grain grew there in plenty, and was in much use; the Jews had a barley harvest, Ruth 1:22, which was at the time of the passover; for on the second day after the passover, the sheaf of the first fruits was waved before the Lord, which was of barley; hence the Targumist on the place just cited, paraphrases it thus;

"they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of the passover, and on the day the children of Israel began to reap the sheaf of the wave offering, which was of barley.''

And it was now about the time of the passover, as appears from John 6:4, and had it been quite the time, and the barley sheaf had been waved, it might have been thought that these loaves were made of the new barley; but though barley was in use for bread among the Jews, as is evident, from the mention that is made of barley loaves and cakes, 2 Kings 4:42; yet it was bread of the coarsest sort, and what the meaner sort of people ate; see Ezekiel 4:12. Yea, barley was used for food for horses and dromedaries, 1 Kings 4:28; and since therefore these loaves were, if not designed for the use of Christ and his twelve apostles, yet for some of his followers, and which they all ate of; it is an instance of the meanness and poverty of them: but however, they had better bread than this, even the bread of life, which is afterwards largely treated of in this chapter, which some of them at least ate of; and as our countryman Mr. Dod used to say,

"brown bread and the Gospel are good fare:''

and it may be further observed, that the number of these loaves were but few; there were but "five" of them, for "five thousand" persons; and these do not seem to be very large ones, since one lad was able to carry them; and indeed, these loaves were no other than cakes, in which form they used to be made:

and two small fishes; there were but "two", and these "small"; it is amazing, that five thousand persons should everyone have something of them, and enough: these fishes seem to be what the Jews (c) call and which the gloss interprets "small fishes": and by the word which is used of them, they seem to be salted, or pickled fishes, and such it is very probable these were; Nonnus calls them, , "fishes which were broiled", or perhaps dried in the sun; see Luke 24:42.

But what are they among so many? everyone cannot possibly have a taste, much less any refreshment, still less a meal.

(c) T. Bab. Cetubot, fol. 60. 2. & Sanhedrin, fol. 49. 1.6:1-14 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.
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