English Standard Version
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?”
King James Bible
There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
American Standard Version
There is a lad here, who hath five barley loaves, and two fishes: but what are these among so many?
There is a boy here that hath five barley loaves, and two fishes; but what are these among so many?
English Revised Version
There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two fishes: but what are these among so many?
Webster's Bible Translation
There is a lad here, who hath five barley-loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
Weymouth New Testament
"There is a boy here with five barley loaves and a couple of fish: but what is that among so many?"
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
A lad (παιδάριον)
Diminutive. Only here in the New Testament. Only John mentions the lad.
A detail peculiar to John. The word occurs in the New Testament only here and John 6:13. An inferior sort of bread is indicated by the term. Pliny and some of the Jewish writers describe barley as food fit for beasts. Suetonius speaks of a turgid rhetorician as a barley orator, inflated like barley in moisture: and Livy relates how cohorts which had lost their standards were ordered barley for food.
The word occurs only here and at John 21:9. The Synoptists use ἰχθυές. The A.V., small fishes, is intended to render the diminutive. The word means anything that is eaten with bread, and may apply to meat generally, or to what is eaten with bread as a relish. Homer speaks of an onion as a relish (ὄψον) for drink ("Iliad," 11, 630). The term was applied to fish par excellence. Fish became among the Greeks a chief dainty to gourmands, so that Demosthenes describes a glutton and spendthrift as one who is extravagant in fish.
But what are they among so many?
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
2 Kings 4:43
But his servant said, "How can I set this before a hundred men?" So he repeated, "Give them to the men, that they may eat, for thus says the LORD, 'They shall eat and have some left.'"
Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted.
When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread.
Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught."
Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish.
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