New International Version
Jesus replied, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat."
King James Bible
But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
Darby Bible Translation
But Jesus said to them, They have no need to go: give *ye* them to eat.
World English Bible
But Jesus said to them, "They don't need to go away. You give them something to eat."
Young's Literal Translation
And Jesus said to them, 'They have no need to go away -- give ye them to eat.'
Matthew 14:16 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They need not depart - He that seeks first the kingdom of heaven is sure to have every temporal requisite. When a man ensures the first, God always takes care to throw the other into the bargain. He who has an interest in Jesus has in him an inexhaustible treasure of spiritual and temporal good. Though the means by which man may help his fellows have failed, we are not to suppose that the bounty of God is exhausted. When we are about to give up all hope of farther supply, the gracious word of Christ still holds good - They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
Give ye them to eat - Should we say, Lord, how shall thy poor, feeble ministering servants feed so many hungry souls as attend thy word! Begin at the command of Jesus - make the attempt - divide what you have - and the bread of God shall be multiplied in your hands, and all shall eat and be satisfied.
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2 Kings 4:42
A man came from Baal Shalishah, bringing the man of God twenty loaves of barley bread baked from the first ripe grain, along with some heads of new grain. "Give it to the people to eat," Elisha said.
As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a remote place, and it's already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food."
"We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered.
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