Mark 8:6
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New International Version
He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so.

New Living Translation
So Jesus told all the people to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves, thanked God for them, and broke them into pieces. He gave them to his disciples, who distributed the bread to the crowd.

English Standard Version
And he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and they set them before the crowd.

Berean Study Bible
And He directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then He took the seven loaves, gave thanks and broke them, and gave them to His disciples to set before the people. And they distributed them to the crowd.

Berean Literal Bible
And He directs the crowd to recline on the ground. And having taken the seven loaves, having given thanks, He broke them and kept giving them to His disciples, that they might set before them. And they set it before the crowd.

New American Standard Bible
And He directed the people to sit down on the ground; and taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks and broke them, and started giving them to His disciples to serve to them, and they served them to the people.

King James Bible
And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then He commanded the crowd to sit down on the ground. Taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks, broke the loaves, and kept on giving them to His disciples to set before the people. So they served the loaves to the crowd.

International Standard Version
So he ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and gave thanks. He broke them in pieces and kept giving them to his disciples to distribute. So they served them to the crowd.

NET Bible
Then he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. After he took the seven loaves and gave thanks, he broke them and began giving them to the disciples to serve. So they served the crowd.

New Heart English Bible
He commanded the crowd to sit down on the ground, and he took the seven loaves. Having given thanks, he broke them, and gave them to his disciples to serve, and they served the crowd.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he commanded the crowds to recline on the ground and he took those seven loaves and blessed and broke and he gave to his disciples to be set out, and they set them out for the crowd.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. He took the seven loaves and gave thanks to God. Then he broke the bread and gave it to his disciples to serve to the people.

New American Standard 1977
And He directed the multitude to sit down on the ground; and taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks and broke them, and started giving them to His disciples to serve to them, and they served them to the multitude.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground; and taking the seven loaves and having given thanks, he broke them and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they set them before the multitude.

King James 2000 Bible
And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and broke them, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people.

American King James Version
And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and broke, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people.

American Standard Version
And he commandeth the multitude to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he brake, and gave to his disciples, to set before them; and they set them before the multitude.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And taking the seven loaves, giving thanks, he broke, and gave to his disciples for to set before them; and they set them before the people.

Darby Bible Translation
And he commanded the crowd to sit down on the ground. And having taken the seven loaves, he gave thanks, and broke [them] and gave [them] to his disciples, that they might set [them] before [them]; and they set [them] before the crowd.

English Revised Version
And he commandeth the multitude to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he brake, and gave to his disciples, to set before them; and they set them before the multitude.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and broke, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they set them before the people.

Weymouth New Testament
So He passed the word to the people to sit down on the ground. Then taking the seven loaves He blessed them, and broke them into portions and proceeded to give them to His disciples for them to distribute, and they distributed them to the people.

World English Bible
He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground, and he took the seven loaves. Having given thanks, he broke them, and gave them to his disciples to serve, and they served the multitude.

Young's Literal Translation
And he commanded the multitude to sit down upon the ground, and having taken the seven loaves, having given thanks, he brake, and was giving to his disciples that they may set before them; and they did set before the multitude.
Study Bible
The Feeding of the Four Thousand
5“How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied. 6And He directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then He took the seven loaves, gave thanks and broke them, and gave them to His disciples to set before the people. And they distributed them to the crowd. 7They also had a few small fish, and Jesus blessed them and ordered that these be set before them as well.…
Cross References
Mark 8:5
"How many loaves do you have?" Jesus asked. "Seven," they replied.

Mark 8:7
They also had a few small fish, and Jesus blessed them and ordered that these be set before them as well.

Mark 8:20
"And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of broken pieces did you collect?" "Seven," they said.
Treasury of Scripture

And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and broke, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people.

to sit.

Mark 6:39,40 And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies on the green grass…

Matthew 14:18,19 He said, Bring them here to me…

Matthew 15:35,36 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground…

Luke 9:14,15 For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, …

Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he comes shall find …

John 2:5 His mother said to the servants, Whatever he said to you, do it.

John 6:10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in …

gave thanks.

Mark 6:41-44 And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked …

1 Samuel 9:13 As soon as you be come into the city, you shall straightway find …

Matthew 15:36 And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and …

Matthew 26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and broke …

Luke 24:30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, …

John 6:11,23 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed …

Romans 14:6 He that regards the day, regards it to the Lord; and he that regards …

1 Corinthians 10:30,31 For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that …

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord …

1 Timothy 4:3-5 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats…

(6) To sit down.--The Greek word implies the usual Eastern position of reclining, rather than our sitting.

Verse 6. - And he commandeth the multitude to sit down (ἀναπεσεῖν) - literally, to recline - on the ground (ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς); not the green grass, as before. It was a different season of the year. "He gave thanks." In this expression is included the recognition of the Divine power to enable him to work the miracle. Christ indeed, as God, was able of his own will and by his own power to multiply the loaves. But as man he gave thanks. And yet, as Dr. Westcott excellently remarks, "The thanksgiving was not for any uncertain or unexpected gift. It was rather a proclamation of his fellowship with God. So that the true nature of prayer in the case of our blessed Lord was the conscious realization of the Divine will, and not a petition for that which was contingent." And having given thanks, he brake, and gave to his disciples (ἔκλάσε καὶ ἐδίδου). Observe the aorist and the imperfect. The giving was a continual act, till all were filled. And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground,.... See Gill on Matthew 15:35;

and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake them; See Gill on Matthew 15:36;

and gave to his disciples to set before them, the multitude,

and they did set them before the people; in which they were obedient to their Lord's commands, though they were so forgetful, unbelieving, and stupid. 8:1-10 Our Lord Jesus encouraged the meanest to come to him for life and grace. Christ knows and considers our frames. The bounty of Christ is always ready; to show that, he repeated this miracle. His favours are renewed, as our wants and necessities are. And those need not fear want, who have Christ to live upon by faith, and do so with thanksgiving.
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