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Matthew 14:13-21 The Message (MSG)

Supper for Five Thousand

13-14 When Jesus got the news, he slipped away by boat to an out-of-the-way place by himself. But unsuccessfully—someone saw him and the word got around. Soon a lot of people from the nearby villages walked around the lake to where he was. When he saw them coming, he was overcome with pity and healed their sick.

15 Toward evening the disciples approached him. “We’re out in the country and it’s getting late. Dismiss the people so they can go to the villages and get some supper.”

16 But Jesus said, “There is no need to dismiss them. You give them supper.”

17 “All we have are five loaves of bread and two fish,” they said.

18-21 Jesus said, “Bring them here.” Then he had the people sit on the grass. He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to the disciples. The disciples then gave the food to the congregation. They all ate their fill. They gathered twelve baskets of leftovers. About five thousand were fed.

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Matthew 14:13-21 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Jesus Feeds the Multitude

13 On hearing this, Jesus slipped away privately by boat to be alone. But when the crowds discovered he had sailed away, they emerged from all the nearby towns and followed him on foot. 14 So when Jesus landed he had a huge crowd waiting for him. Seeing so many people, his heart was deeply moved with compassion toward them, so he healed all the sick who were in the crowd.[a]

15 Later that afternoon the disciples came to Jesus and said, “It’s going to be dark soon and the people are hungry, but there’s nothing to eat here in this desolate place. You should send the crowds away to the nearby villages to buy themselves some food.”

16 “They don’t need to leave,” Jesus responded. “You can give them something to eat.”

17 They answered, “But all we have is five barley loaves and two fish.”

18 “Let me have them,” Jesus replied. 19 Then he had everyone sit down on the grass as he took the five loaves and two fish. He looked up into heaven, gave thanks to God, and broke the bread into pieces. He then gave it to his disciples, who in turn gave it to the crowds. 20 And everyone ate until they were satisfied, for the food was multiplied in front of their eyes![b] They picked up the leftovers and filled up twelve baskets full! 21 There were about five thousand men who were fed, in addition to many women and children!


  1. Matthew 14:14 The Aramaic is “he nurtured them in love and cured their frailties.”
  2. Matthew 14:20 The miracle took place as the disciples distributed what they had. Each disciple ended up with a basket full of leftovers.
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Matthew 14:13-21 Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

Jesus Creates More Than Enough Bread And Fish To Feed 5000 Men

13 And having heard-of it [a], Jesus withdrew from there privately in a boat to a desolate place. And having heard-of it, the crowds followed Him on foot from the cities. 14 And having gone-out[b], He saw a large crowd and felt-deep-feelings [of compassion] for them. And He cured their sick ones. 15 And having become evening[c], the disciples came to Him saying, “This place is desolate and the hour already passed. Send-away the crowds in order that having gone away into the villages, they may buy themselves food”. 16 But Jesus said to them, “They have no need to go away— you give them something to eat”. 17 But the ones say to Him, “We do not have anything here except five loaves and two fish!” 18 But the One said, “Bring them here to Me”. 19 And having ordered the crowds to lie-back on the grass, having taken the five loaves and the two fish, having looked up to heaven, He blessed[d] them. And having broken them, He gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were filled-to-satisfaction. And they picked up the amount of the fragments being left over— twelve full baskets. 21 And the ones eating were about five-thousand men, apart from women and children.


  1. Matthew 14:13 That is, heard that Herod said Jesus was John raised from the dead, v 1-2. Perhaps Jesus also heard of John’s death at this time. Matthew does not tell us how long prior to v 1-2 John’s death occurred.
  2. Matthew 14:14 Or, come-out.
  3. Matthew 14:15 That is, late in the day before sundown, between 3 and 6 p.m.
  4. Matthew 14:19 That is, the loaves. Or, blessed God, spoke a blessing.
Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

Disciples' Literal New Testament: Serving Modern Disciples by More Fully Reflecting the Writing Style of the Ancient Disciples, Copyright © 2011 Michael J. Magill. All Rights Reserved. Published by Reyma Publishing

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