New American Standard Bible
They sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties.
King James Bible
And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.
Darby Bible Translation
And they sat down in ranks by hundreds and by fifties.
World English Bible
They sat down in ranks, by hundreds and by fifties.
Young's Literal Translation
and they sat down in squares, by hundreds, and by fifties.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
In ranks - Literally, in the form of square beds in a garden. By regularly formed companies.
By hundreds and by fifties - Some companies had a hundred in them, and some groupings had fifty in them. We do not need to suppose that these were "exactly" formed or arranged, but that this was approximately the number. The expression indicates a "multitude." There were so many that they sat down, by "hundreds" and by "fifties," in separate companies, upon the green grass.
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