Mark 6:37
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New International Version
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?"

New Living Translation
But Jesus said, "You feed them." "With what?" they asked. "We'd have to work for months to earn enough money to buy food for all these people!"

English Standard Version
But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?”

New American Standard Bible
But He answered them, "You give them something to eat!" And they said to Him, "Shall we go and spend two hundred denarii on bread and give them something to eat?"

King James Bible
He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"You give them something to eat," He responded. They said to Him, "Should we go and buy 200 denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?"

International Standard Version
But he answered them, "You give them something to eat." They asked him, "Should we go and buy 200 denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?"

NET Bible
But he answered them, "You give them something to eat." And they said, "Should we go and buy bread for two hundred silver coins and give it to them to eat?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He said to them, “You give them food.” They said to him, “Shall we go buy 200 denarii of bread and give them to eat?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus replied, "You give them something to eat." They said to him, "Should we go and spend about a year's wages on bread to feed them?"

Jubilee Bible 2000
He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said unto him, Shall we go and buy bread for two hundred denarius and give them to eat?

King James 2000 Bible
He answered and said unto them, Give you them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?

American King James Version
He answered and said to them, Give you them to eat. And they say to him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?

American Standard Version
But he answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred shillings worth of bread, and give them to eat?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he answering said to them: Give you them to eat. And they said to him: Let us go and buy bread for two hundred pence, and we will give them to eat.

Darby Bible Translation
And he answering said to them, Give *ye* them to eat. And they say to him, Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them to eat?

English Revised Version
But he answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?

Webster's Bible Translation
He answered and said to them, Give ye them to eat. And they say to him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?

Weymouth New Testament
"Give them food yourselves," He replied. "Are we," they asked, "to go and buy two hundred shillings' worth of bread and give them food?"

World English Bible
But he answered them, "You give them something to eat." They asked him, "Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give them something to eat?"

Young's Literal Translation
And he answering said to them, 'Give ye them to eat,' and they say to him, 'Having gone away, may we buy two hundred denaries' worth of loaves, and give to them to eat?'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:30-44 Let not ministers do any thing or teach any thing, but what they are willing should be told to their Lord. Christ notices the frights of some, and the toils of others of his disciples, and provides rest for those that are tired, and refuge for those that are terrified. The people sought the spiritual food of Christ's word, and then he took care that they should not want bodily food. If Christ and his disciples put up with mean things, surely we may. And this miracle shows that Christ came into the world, not only to restore, but to preserve and nourish spiritual life; in him there is enough for all that come. None are sent empty away from Christ but those who come to him full of themselves. Though Christ had bread enough at command, he teaches us not to waste any of God's bounties, remembering how many are in want. We may, some time, need the fragments that we now throw away.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 37. - Two hundred pennyworth of bread. The penny, or "denarius," was the chief Roman silver coin, worth about eight-pence halfpenny. Upon the breaking up of the Roman empire, the states which arose upon its ruins imitated the coinage of the old imperial mints, and in general called their principal silver coin the "denarius." Thus the denarius found its way into this country through the Anglo-Saxons, and it was for a long period the only coin. Hence the introduction of the word into the Authorized Version. Two hundred pennyworth would be of the value of nearly seven pounds. But considering the constant fluctuation in the relation between money and the commodities purchased by money, it is in vain to require what number of loaves the same two hundred denarii would purchase at that time, although it was evidently the representation of a large supply of bread.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He answered and said unto them, give ye them to eat,.... This he said to try their faith, and make way for the following miracle:

and they say unto him, shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? This might be just the sum of money they now had in the bag, as Grotius, and others conjecture; and the sense be, shall we lay out the two hundred pence, which is all we have in hand, to buy bread for this multitude? is it proper we should? is it thy will that so it should be? and if we should do so, as Philip suggests, John 6:7, it would not be enough to give every one a little: wherefore they say this, as amazed that he should propose such a thing unto them: or the reason of mentioning such a sum, as Dr. Lightfoot observes, might be, because that this was a noted and celebrated sum among the Jews, and frequently mentioned by them. A virgin's dowry, upon marriage, was "two hundred pence" (c); and so was a widow's; and one that was divorced (d), if she insisted on it, and could make good her claim: this was the fine of an adult man, that lay with one under age; and of a male under age, that lay with a female adult (e); and of one man that gave another a slap of the face (f). This sum answered to six pounds and five shillings of our money.

(c) Misn. Cetubot, c. 1. sect. 2. & 4. 7. & 5. 1.((d) Ib. c. 2. sect. 1. & 11. 4. (e) Ib. c. 1. sect. 3.((f) Misn. Bava Kama, c. 6. sect. 8.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

37. He answered and said unto them—"They need not depart" (Mt 14:10).

Give ye them to eat—doubtless said to prepare them for what was to follow.

And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?—"Philip answered Him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little" (Joh 6:7).

Mark 6:37 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
36send them away so that they may go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat." 37But He answered them, "You give them something to eat!" And they said to Him, "Shall we go and spend two hundred denarii on bread and give them something to eat?" 38And He said to them, "How many loaves do you have? Go look!" And when they found out, they said, "Five, and two fish."…
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 6:36
Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat."

Mark 6:38
"How many loaves do you have?" he asked. "Go and see." When they found out, they said, "Five--and two fish."

Luke 7:41
"Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.

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

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give.

Mark 8:2,3 I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with …

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

Matthew 14:16 But Jesus said to them, They need not depart; give you them to eat.

Matthew 15:32 Then Jesus called his disciples to him, and said, I have compassion …

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

John 6:4-10 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was near…

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Numbers 11:13,21-23 From where should I have flesh to give to all this people? for they …

2 Kings 7:2 Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, …

Matthew 15:33 And his disciples say to him, From where should we have so much bread …

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

penny-worth. `The Roman penny is sevenpence halfpenny; as Mat.

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