Luke 9:14
New International Version
(About five thousand men were there.) But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.”

New Living Translation
For there were about 5,000 men there. Jesus replied, “Tell them to sit down in groups of about fifty each.”

English Standard Version
For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.”

Berean Study Bible
(There were about five thousand men.) He told His disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.”

Berean Literal Bible
For they were about five thousand men. And He said to His disciples, "Make them sit down in groups of about fifty."

King James Bible
For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company.

New King James Version
For there were about five thousand men. Then He said to His disciples, “Make them sit down in groups of fifty.”

New American Standard Bible
(For there were about five thousand men.) But He said to His disciples, “Have them recline to eat in groups of about fifty each.”

NASB 1995
(For there were about five thousand men.) And He said to His disciples, “Have them sit down to eat in groups of about fifty each.”

NASB 1977
(For there were about five thousand men.) And He said to His disciples, “Have them recline to eat in groups of about fifty each.”

Amplified Bible
(For there were about 5,000 men.) And He said to His disciples, “Have them sit down to eat in groups of about fifty each.”

Christian Standard Bible
(For about five thousand men were there.) Then he told his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
(For about 5,000 men were there.) Then He told His disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about 50 each.”

American Standard Version
For they were about five thousand men. And he said unto his disciples, Make them sit down in companies, about fifty each.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For there were about five thousand men, and Yeshua said, “Make them recline by groups of fifty men in a group.”

Contemporary English Version
There were about 5,000 men in the crowd. Jesus said to his disciples, "Tell the people to sit in groups of 50."

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples: Make them sit down by fifties in a company.

English Revised Version
For they were about five thousand men. And he said unto his disciples, Make them sit down in companies, about fifty each.

Good News Translation
(There were about five thousand men there.) Jesus said to his disciples, "Make the people sit down in groups of about fifty each."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
(There were about five thousand men.) Then he told his disciples, "Have them sit in groups of about fifty."

International Standard Version
Now there were about 5,000 men. So he told his disciples, "Have them sit down in groups of about 50."

Literal Standard Version
for they were about five thousand men. And He said to His disciples, “Cause them to recline in companies, in each fifty”;

NET Bible
(Now about five thousand men were there.) Then he said to his disciples, "Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each."

New Heart English Bible
For they were about five thousand men. He said to his disciples, "Make them sit down in groups of about fifty each."

Weymouth New Testament
But He said to His disciples, "Make them sit down in parties of about fifty each."

World English Bible
For they were about five thousand men. He said to his disciples, "Make them sit down in groups of about fifty each."

Young's Literal Translation
for they were about five thousand men. And he said unto his disciples, 'Cause them to recline in companies, in each fifty;'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
13But Jesus told them, “You give them something to eat.” “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered, “unless we go and buy food for all these people.” 14( There were about five thousand men.) He told His disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15They did so, and everyone was seated.…

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

Luke 9:13
But Jesus told them, "You give them something to eat." "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered, "unless we go and buy food for all these people."

Luke 9:15
They did so, and everyone was seated.


Treasury of Scripture

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

Make.

Mark 6:39,40
And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass…

Mark 8:6
And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people.

1 Corinthians 14:40
Let all things be done decently and in order.









(14) Make them sit down.--Literally, recline, or lie down.

Verse 14. - They were about five thousand men. St. Matthew adds, "besides women and children." The multitude generally had come from a considerable distance, we know; there would not be, comparatively speaking, many women and children among them. These were grouped together apart, and, of course, fed, but were not counted among the five thousand. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company. "Jesus has no sooner ascertained that there are five loaves and two fishes, than he is satisfied. He commands them to make the multitude sit down. Just as though he had said, 'I have what I want; the meal is ready; let them be seated!' But he takes care that his banquet shall be conducted with an order worthy of the God who gives it. Everything must be calm and solemn; it is a kind of Passover meal. By the help of the apostles, he seats his guests in rows of fifty each (St.. Matthew), or in double rows of fifty, by hundreds (Mark). This orderly arrangement allowed of the guests being easily counted. St. Mark describes in a dramatic manner the striking spectacle presented by these regularly formed companies, each consisting of two equal ranks, and all arranged upon the slope of the hill. The pastures at that time were in all their spring glory. SS. John and Mark both bring forward the beauty of this natural carpet. 'Much grass' (St. John); 'on the green grass' (St. Mark)" (Godet). St. Mark's vivid picturesque details show the observant eve-witness. The words rendered "in ranks" ("they sat down in ranks") literally mean they were like flower-beds set in the green grass. The bright-coloured Eastern robes of these men, as they sat in long rows, suggested the happy comparison.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
(
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

There were
ἦσαν (ēsan)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

about
ὡσεὶ (hōsei)
Adverb
Strong's 5616: As if, as it were, like; with numbers: about. From hos and ei; as if.

five thousand
πεντακισχίλιοι (pentakischilioi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 4000: Five thousand. From pentakis and chilioi; five times a thousand.

men.)
ἄνδρες (andres)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 435: A male human being; a man, husband. A primary word; a man.

He told
Εἶπεν (Eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

His
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

disciples,
μαθητὰς (mathētas)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3101: A learner, disciple, pupil. From manthano; a learner, i.e. Pupil.

“Have them sit down
Κατακλίνατε (Kataklinate)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 2625: From kata and klino; to recline down, i.e. to take a place at table.

in
ἀνὰ (ana)
Adverb
Strong's 303: A primary preposition and adverb; properly, up; but used severally, or at.

groups
κλισίας (klisias)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's 2828: From a derivative of klino; properly, reclination, i.e., a party at a meal.

of about
ὡσεὶ (hōsei)
Adverb
Strong's 5616: As if, as it were, like; with numbers: about. From hos and ei; as if.

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


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