Matthew 14:20
Parallel Verses
New International Version
They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

King James Bible
And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.

Darby Bible Translation
And all ate and were filled, and they took up what was over and above of fragments twelve hand-baskets full.

World English Bible
They all ate, and were filled. They took up twelve baskets full of that which remained left over from the broken pieces.

Young's Literal Translation
and they did all eat, and were filled, and they took up what was over of the broken pieces twelve hand-baskets full;

Matthew 14:20 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

They did all eat, and were filled - Little or much is the same in the hands of Jesus Christ. Here was an incontestable miracle - five thousand men, besides women and children, fed with five cakes and two fishes! Here must have been a manifest creation of substance - the parts of the bread were not dilated to make them appear large, nor was there any delusion in the eating - for they all ate, and were all filled. Here then is one miracle of our Lord attested by at least five thousand persons! But did not this creation of bread prove the unlimited power of Jesus? Undoubtedly: and nothing less than eternal power and Godhead could have effected it.

They took up - twelve baskets - It was customary for many of the Jews to carry a basket with them at all times: and Mr. Wakefield's conjecture here is very reasonable: - "By the number here particularized, it should seem that each apostle filled his own bread basket." Some think that the Jews carried baskets in commemoration of their Egyptian bondage, when they were accustomed to carry the clay and stubble to make the bricks, in a basket that was hung about their necks. This seems to be what Sidonius Apollinaris refers to in the following words, Epist. vii. 6. Ordinis res est, ut, (dum in allegorica versamur Aegypto) Pharao incedat cum diademate, Israelita cum Cophino.

These words of Alcimus Avitus, lib. v. 30, are to the same effect: -

Servitii longo lassatam pondere plebem,

Oppressos cophinis humeros, attritaque collo

It appears that a basket about the neck, and a bunch of hay, were the general characteristic of this long enslaved and oppressed people in the different countries where they sojourned.

Juvenal also mentions the Basket and the hay: -

Cum dedit ille locum, cophino faenoque relicto,

Arcanam Judaea tremens mendicat in aurem

Sat vi. 542

A gypsy Jewess whispers in your ear -

Her goods a basket, and old hay her bed,

She strolls, and telling fortunes, gains her bread

Dryden

continued...

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

were.

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

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

Exodus 16:8,12 And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full...

Leviticus 26:26 And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven...

1 Kings 17:12-16 And she said, As the LORD your God lives, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and...

2 Kings 4:43,44 And his servitor said, What, should I set this before an hundred men? He said again, Give the people, that they may eat...

Proverbs 13:25 The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.

Ezekiel 4:14-16 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! behold, my soul has not been polluted...

Haggai 1:6 You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but you have not enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink...

Luke 1:53 He has filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he has sent empty away.

Luke 9:17 And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets.

John 6:7,11 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little...

and they took.

Matthew 15:37,38 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full...

Matthew 16:8-10 Which when Jesus perceived, he said to them, O you of little faith, why reason you among yourselves, because you have brought no bread...

2 Kings 4:1-7 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets to Elisha, saying, Your servant my husband is dead...

Mark 6:42-44 And they did all eat, and were filled...

Mark 8:8,9,16-21 So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets...

John 6:12-14 When they were filled, he said to his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost...

Library
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
2 Kings 4:6
When all the jars were full, she said to her son, "Bring me another one." But he replied, "There is not a jar left." Then the oil stopped flowing.

2 Kings 4:44
Then he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the LORD.

Matthew 14:21
The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Matthew 15:37
They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

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?

Mark 6:43
and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish.

Mark 8:8
The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

Jump to Previous
Ate Baskets Bits Broken Disciples Eat Enough Filled Filling Food Fragments Full Fully Gathered Hand-Baskets Picked Pieces Portions Satisfied Twelve Used
Jump to Next
Ate Baskets Bits Broken Disciples Eat Enough Filled Filling Food Fragments Full Fully Gathered Hand-Baskets Picked Pieces Portions Satisfied Twelve Used
Links
Matthew 14:20 NIV
Matthew 14:20 NLT
Matthew 14:20 ESV
Matthew 14:20 NASB
Matthew 14:20 KJV

Matthew 14:20 Bible Apps
Matthew 14:20 Biblia Paralela
Matthew 14:20 Chinese Bible
Matthew 14:20 French Bible
Matthew 14:20 German Bible

Matthew 14:20 Commentaries

THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.

Bible Hub
Matthew 14:19
Top of Page
Top of Page