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

New Living Translation
So they sat down in groups of fifty or a hundred.

English Standard Version
So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties.

Berean Study Bible
So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties.

Berean Literal Bible
And they sat down groups by groups, by hundreds and by fifties.

King James Bible
And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.

New King James Version
So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties.

New American Standard Bible
They reclined in groups of hundreds and fifties.

NASB 1995
They sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties.

NASB 1977
And they reclined in companies of hundreds and of fifties.

Amplified Bible
They sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties [so that the crowd resembled an orderly arrangement of colorful garden plots].

Christian Standard Bible
So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So they sat down in ranks of hundreds and fifties.

American Standard Version
And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they were seated by hundreds and by 50's.

Contemporary English Version
They sat down in groups of 100 and groups of 50.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds and by fifties.

English Revised Version
And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.

Good News Translation
So the people sat down in rows, in groups of a hundred and groups of fifty.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties.

International Standard Version
So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties.

Literal Standard Version
and they sat down in squares, by hundreds, and by fifties.

NET Bible
So they reclined in groups of hundreds and fifties.

New Heart English Bible
They sat down in ranks, by hundreds and by fifties.

Weymouth New Testament
And they sat down in rows of hundreds and of fifties.

World English Bible
They sat down in ranks, by hundreds and by fifties.

Young's Literal Translation
and they sat down in squares, by hundreds, and by fifties.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
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. 41Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, Jesus spoke a blessing and broke the loaves. Then He gave them to His disciples to set before the people. And He divided the two fish among them all.…

Cross References
Mark 6:39
Then Jesus directed them to have the people sit in groups on the green grass.

Mark 6:41
Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, Jesus spoke a blessing and broke the loaves. Then He gave them to His disciples to set before the people. And He divided the two fish among them all.


Treasury of Scripture

And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.

by hundreds.

Luke 9:14,15
For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company…









(40) In ranks.--The primary meaning of the Greek word is "a bed of flowers or herbs," and it comes in here effectively, with the same distributive reduplication as in the last verse, to paint the whole scene to the mind's eye.

Verse 40. - And they sat down in ranks (ἀνέπεσον πρασιαὶ πρασιαὶ); literally, they reclined. The Greek word πρασια means "a garden plot" or "bed," literally, a bed of leeks. They were disposed symmetrically. Probably the English word "ranks" expresses the meaning as clearly as any could do. This arrangement was probably made, partly that the numbers might be better known, partly that all things might be done in an orderly manner, and that each might have his portion. St. Matthew's account (Matthew 14:21) seems to imply that the "men" were separated from the "women and children."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
So
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

they sat down
ἀνέπεσαν (anepesan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 377: From ana and pipto; to fall back, i.e. Lie down, lean back.

in groups
πρασιαὶ (prasiai)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Plural
Strong's 4237: A company formed into divisions (like garden-beds). Perhaps from prason; a garden plot, i.e. a row.

of
κατὰ (kata)
Preposition
Strong's 2596: A primary particle; down, in varied relations (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined).

hundreds
ἑκατὸν (hekaton)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 1540: One hundred. Of uncertain affinity; a hundred.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

fifties.
πεντήκοντα (pentēkonta)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 4004: Fifty. Multiplicative of pente; fifty.


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