Mark 6:36
Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)
(36) Into the country.—Better, the farmsi.e., the enclosed, cultivated land, and what belonged to it.

And buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat.—The better MSS. give simply, “buy themselves what they may eat.”

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.The time is far passed - The day is almost gone. It is drawing near night.36. Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat—John tells us (Joh 6:5, 6) that "Jesus said to Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? (And this He said to prove him: for He Himself knew what He would do)." The subject may have been introduced by some remark of the disciples; but the precise order and form of what was said by each can hardly be gathered with precision, nor is it of any importance. See Poole on "Mark 6:35"

Send them away,.... Leave off preaching, dismiss the assembly; see Matthew 14:15;

that they may go into the country round about; or "into the fields"; that is, to the odd houses; which were here and there in the fields; See Gill on Mark 5:14;

and into the villages; the little country towns that were near at hand:

and buy themselves bread, for they have nothing to eat; they brought no provisions with them, and there were none to be had in that desert place; and it was high time they had some refreshment; for the usual time of dining was past, the first evening was come, the day was on the decline, and was far spent.

Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)
36. send them away] Already earlier in the day the Lord had asked the Apostle Philip, Whence shall we buy bread that these may eat? and he, thinking of no other supplies save such as natural means could procure, had replied that two hundred pence would not suffice to provide sustenance for such a number (John 6:5-7). Then He left this confession of inability to work in their minds, and it was now in the eventide that the Apostles came to Him with the proposition contained in this verse.

Mark 6:36. Κύκλῳ, in a circle round about) For there was not a sufficiency of food for them in merely one or two of the adjoining districts and villages.

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