Mark 6:39
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New International Version
Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.

New Living Translation
Then Jesus told the disciples to have the people sit down in groups on the green grass.

English Standard Version
Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass.

Berean Study Bible
Then Jesus directed them to have the people sit in groups on the green grass.

Berean Literal Bible
And He commanded them to make them all recline, groups by groups, on the green grass.

New American Standard Bible
And He commanded them all to sit down by groups on the green grass.

King James Bible
And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.

Christian Standard Bible
Then he instructed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.

Contemporary English Version
Jesus told his disciples to tell the people to sit down on the green grass.

Good News Translation
Jesus then told his disciples to make all the people divide into groups and sit down on the green grass.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then He instructed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.

International Standard Version
Then he ordered them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.

NET Bible
Then he directed them all to sit down in groups on the green grass.

New Heart English Bible
He commanded them that everyone should sit down in groups on the green grass.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he commanded them to seat everyone on the grass.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then he ordered all of them to sit down in groups on the green grass.

New American Standard 1977
And He commanded them all to recline by groups on the green grass.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.

King James 2000 Bible
And he commanded them to make all sit down by groups upon the green grass.

American King James Version
And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies on the green grass.

American Standard Version
And he commanded them that all should sit down by companies upon the green grass.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he commanded them that they should make them all sit down by companies upon the green grass.

Darby Bible Translation
And he ordered them to make them all sit down by companies on the green grass.

English Revised Version
And he commanded them that all should sit down by companies upon the green grass.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.

Weymouth New Testament
So He directed them to make all sit down in companies on the green grass.

World English Bible
He commanded them that everyone should sit down in groups on the green grass.

Young's Literal Translation
And he commanded them to make all recline in companies upon the green grass,
Study Bible
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
38“Go and see how many loaves you have,” He told them. And after checking they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39Then Jesus directed them to have the people sit in groups on the green grass. 40So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties.…
Cross References
Mark 6:38
"Go and see how many loaves you have," He told them. And after checking they said, "Five, and two fish."

Mark 6:40
So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties.

Luke 9:14
(There were about five thousand men.) He told His disciples, "Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each."

John 6:10
"Have the people sit down," Jesus said. Now there was plenty of grass in that place, so the men sat down, about five thousand of them.

Treasury of Scripture

And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies on the green grass.

1 Kings 10:5 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the …

Esther 1:5,6 And when these days were expired, the king made a feast to all the …

Matthew 15:35 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.

1 Corinthians 14:33,40 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches …







(39) By companies.--The Greek expresses the distributive force of the English by simple repetition, "companies and companies." The "green grass" may be noted as an example of St. Mark's vividness, and serves as an indirect note of time pointing to the same season as that specified by St. John, sc., a little before the Passover. (Comp. John 6:10.)

Verse 39. - All were to sit down by companies (συμπόσια συμπόσια) - St. Luke (Luke 9:14) says that the companies were about fifty each (ἀνὰ πεντήκοντα) - upon the green grass. St. John says (John 6:10) that "there was much grass in the place." This indicates the time of the year. The grass was growing, and it was green. It would not be green in that district after April. Thus St. Mark's account of the state of the grass at that time (an account evidently repeated from an eye-witness) coincides with the account of St. John, who says that "the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was at hand" (John 6:4). And he commanded them to make all sit down,.... Christ ordered his disciples, without any more ado, to cause the whole multitude, men, women, and children, to sit, or lie down, as they used to do at table when about to take a meal: and as they had no table before them, nor beds, or couches to sit, or lie down upon, he directed them to place them

by companies upon the green grass; that there might be some order among them, as at a meal; and that their number might be the more easily known; and that all of them might more plainly see the miracle that was to be wrought: and the provision be more orderly distributed to them. 39. And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass—or "green hay"; the rank grass of those bushy wastes. For, as John (Joh 6:10) notes, "there was much grass in the place."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.
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