New International Version
The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
King James Bible
And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
Darby Bible Translation
But those that had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
World English Bible
Those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Young's Literal Translation
and those eating were about five thousand men, apart from women and children.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They did all eat, and were filled - Little or much is the same in the hands of Jesus Christ. Here was an incontestable miracle - five thousand men, besides women and children, fed with five cakes and two fishes! Here must have been a manifest creation of substance - the parts of the bread were not dilated to make them appear large, nor was there any delusion in the eating - for they all ate, and were all filled. Here then is one miracle of our Lord attested by at least five thousand persons! But did not this creation of bread prove the unlimited power of Jesus? Undoubtedly: and nothing less than eternal power and Godhead could have effected it.
They took up - twelve baskets - It was customary for many of the Jews to carry a basket with them at all times: and Mr. Wakefield's conjecture here is very reasonable: - "By the number here particularized, it should seem that each apostle filled his own bread basket." Some think that the Jews carried baskets in commemoration of their Egyptian bondage, when they were accustomed to carry the clay and stubble to make the bricks, in a basket that was hung about their necks. This seems to be what Sidonius Apollinaris refers to in the following words, Epist. vii. 6. Ordinis res est, ut, (dum in allegorica versamur Aegypto) Pharao incedat cum diademate, Israelita cum Cophino.
These words of Alcimus Avitus, lib. v. 30, are to the same effect: -
Servitii longo lassatam pondere plebem,
Oppressos cophinis humeros, attritaque collo
It appears that a basket about the neck, and a bunch of hay, were the general characteristic of this long enslaved and oppressed people in the different countries where they sojourned.
Juvenal also mentions the Basket and the hay: -
Cum dedit ille locum, cophino faenoque relicto,
Arcanam Judaea tremens mendicat in aurem
Sat vi. 542
A gypsy Jewess whispers in your ear -
Her goods a basket, and old hay her bed,
She strolls, and telling fortunes, gains her bread
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The Miraculous Feeding of the Five Thousand
They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.
The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.
Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there).
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