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Matthew 14:20

    Matthew 14:20 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And they all ate, and were filled: and they took up that which remained over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And they all took of the food and had enough: and they took up twelve baskets full of broken bits which were not used.

    Webster's Revision

    And they all ate, and were filled: and they took up that which remained over of the broken pieces, twelve 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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up that which remained over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 14:20

    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

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    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 14:20

    And they did all eat, and were filled - This was an undoubted miracle.

    The quantity must have been greatly increased to have supplied so many. He that could increase that small quantity so much had the power of creation; and he that could do that could create the world out of nothing, and had no less than divine power.

    Twelve baskets full - The size of these baskets is unknown. They were probably such as travelers carried their provisions in. They were used commonly by the Jews in their journeys. In traveling among the Gentiles or Samaritans, a Jew could expect little hospitality. There were not, as now, public houses for the entertainment of strangers. At great distances there were caravansaries, but they were intended chiefly as lodging-places for the night, and not to provide food for travelers. Hence, in journeying among strangers or in deserts, they carried baskets of provisions, and this is the reason why they were furnished with them here. It is probable that each of the apostles had one, and they were all filled. John Joh 6:12 says that Jesus directed them to gather up these fragments, that nothing might be lost - an example of economy. God creates all food; it has, therefore, a kind of sacredness; it is all needed by some person or other, and none should be lost.