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Matthew 15:36-38 New English Translation (NET Bible)

36 he took the seven loaves and the fish, and after giving thanks, he broke them and began giving them to the disciples, who then gave them to the crowds.[a] 37 They[b] all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 38 Not counting children and women,[c] there were 4,000 men who ate.[d]


  1. Matthew 15:36 tn Grk “was giving them to the disciples, and the disciples to the crowd.”
  2. Matthew 15:37 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated.
  3. Matthew 15:38 tc ‡ Although most witnesses (B C L N W Γ Δ ƒ13 33 1424 M f sys,p,h mae) read “women and children” instead of “children and women,” this is likely a harmonization to Matt 14:21. A decision is difficult here, but since “children and women” is found in early and geographically widespread witnesses (e.g., א D [Θ ƒ1] 579 lat syc sa bo), and has more compelling internal arguments on its side, it is likely the reading of the initial text. NA28, however, agrees with the majority of witnesses.
  4. Matthew 15:38 tn Grk “And those eating were 4,000 men, apart from children and women.”
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