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Mark 6:35

ESV And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late.
NIV By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. 'This is a remote place,' they said, 'and it's already very late.
NASB And when it was already late, His disciples came up to Him and said, 'This place is secluded and it is already late;
CSB When it grew late, his disciples approached him and said, "This place is deserted, and it is already late.
NLT Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said, 'This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late.
KJV And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed:

What does Mark 6:35 mean?

Jesus and the Twelve are with a group of several thousand people, most likely in a plain outside of Bethsaida on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. "Desolate" is from the Greek root word erēmos and mostly means "uninhabited." Though it's sometimes translated as "desert," the word used to describe this area does not imply that it's harsh or lifeless. Rather, this particular area is covered in green grass (Mark 6:39), and not far from villages (Mark 6:36). It more resembles the green pastures of Psalm 23 than a bleak wasteland.

There are several advantages to Jesus meeting the throng in a large, lonely field. There is room for the people to mingle, unlike in Capernaum where they threaten to push Him into the Sea (Mark 4:1). And there are no Pharisees or Herodians to turn the conversation from useful spiritual truths to passive-aggressive debates (Mark 12:13). However, there are also disadvantages. Some of the people are from as far away as Capernaum, and a trek of six miles in the dark can be dangerous. And even though there are villages nearby, it's unlikely they will be able to feed five thousand men plus women and children (Matthew 14:21).

The Twelve want the people's needs met, but they're still thinking in earthly terms. Despite the successes they've seen in their first missions trip, they still don't understand the connection between God's power and earthly needs.
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