John 6:9
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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?

Douay-Rheims Bible
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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Vincent's Word Studies

A lad (παιδάριον)

Diminutive. Only here in the New Testament. Only John mentions the lad.

Barley (κριθίνους)

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.

Fishes (ὀψάρια)

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?

Peculiar to John, though the idea is implied in Luke 9:13.

John 6:9 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Matthew 14:17 And they say to him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.

Matthew 16:9 Do you not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets you took up?

Mark 6:38 He said to them, How many loaves have you? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.

Mark 8:19 When I broke the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took you up? They say to him, Twelve.

Luke 9:13 But he said to them, Give you them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes...


Deuteronomy 8:8 A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;

Deuteronomy 32:14 Butter of cows, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat of kidneys of wheat...

1 Kings 4:28 Barley also and straw for the horses and dromedaries brought they to the place where the officers were...

2 Kings 7:1 Then Elisha said, Hear you the word of the LORD; Thus said the LORD...

Psalm 81:16 He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied you.

Psalm 147:14 He makes peace in your borders, and fills you with the finest of the wheat.

Ezekiel 27:17 Judah, and the land of Israel, they were your merchants: they traded in your market wheat of Minnith, and Pannag, and honey, and oil...

2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor...

Revelation 6:6 And I heard a voice in the middle of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny...


John 6:7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.

John 11:21,32 Then said Martha to Jesus, Lord, if you had been here, my brother had not died...

2 Kings 4:42-44 And there came a man from Baalshalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the first fruits, twenty loaves of barley...

Psalm 78:19,41 Yes, they spoke against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness...

Cross References
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.'"

John 6:11
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.

John 21:9
When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread.

John 21:10
Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught."

John 21:13
Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish.

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