Matthew 14:17
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New International Version
"We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered.

King James Bible
And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.

Darby Bible Translation
But they say to him, We have not here save five loaves and two fishes.

World English Bible
They told him, "We only have here five loaves and two fish."

Young's Literal Translation
And they say to him, 'We have not here except five loaves, and two fishes.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

We have here but five loaves and two fishes - When we are deeply conscious of our own necessities, we shall be led to depend on Jesus with a firmer faith. God often permits his servants to be brought low, that they may have repeated opportunities of proving the kindness and mercy of their gracious Lord and Master.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Matthew 15:33,34 And his disciples say to him, From where should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude...

Numbers 11:21-23 And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and you have said, I will give them flesh...

Psalm 78:19,20 Yes, they spoke against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness...

Mark 6:37,38 He answered and said to them, Give you them to eat. And they say to him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread...

Mark 8:4,5 And his disciples answered him, From where can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness...

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...

John 6:5-9 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come to him, he said to Philip, From where shall we buy bread...

July 23. "Bring them Hither to Me" (Matt. xiv. 18).
"Bring them hither to Me" (Matt. xiv. 18). Why have ye not received all the fulness of the Holy Spirit? And how may we be anointed with "the rest of the oil?" The greatest need is to make room when God makes it. Look around you at your situation. Are you not encompassed with needs at this very moment, and almost overwhelmed with difficulties, trials and emergencies? These are all divinely provided vessels for the Holy Spirit to fill, and if you would but rightly understand their meaning, they would
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

The Martyrdom of John
'At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, 2. And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. 3. For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife. 4. For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her. 5. And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. 6.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

First Withdrawal from Herod's Territory and Return.
(Spring, a.d. 29.) Subdivision B. Feeding the Five Thousand. ^A Matt. XIV. 13-21; ^B Mark VI. 33-44; ^C Luke IX. 11-17; ^D John VI. 2-14. ^c 11 But { ^a and} the multitudes heard thereof [heard of Jesus and his disciples crossing the lake], ^b 33 And they saw them going, and ^c perceiving it, ^b many knew them, ^d 2 And a great multitude followed him, because they beheld the signs which he did on them that were sick. ^b and they ran together there on foot from all the cities, and outwent them. ^a
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

The Miraculous Feeding of the Five Thousand
In the circumstances described in the previous chapter, Jesus resolved at once to leave Capernaum; and this probably alike for the sake of His disciples, who needed rest; for that of the people, who might have attempted a rising after the murder of the Baptist; and temporarily to withdraw Himself and His followers from the power of Herod. For this purpose He chose the place outside the dominions of Antipas, nearest to Capernaum. This was Beth-Saida (the house of fishing,' Fisher-town,' [3198] as
Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Cross References
Matthew 14:16
Jesus replied, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat."

Matthew 14:18
"Bring them here to me," he said.

Matthew 16:9
Do you still not understand? Don't you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?

John 6:9
"Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?"

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