Matthew 15:36 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 15:36, NIV: "Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people."

Matthew 15:36, ESV: "he took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds."

Matthew 15:36, KJV: "And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude."

Matthew 15:36, NASB: "and He took the seven loaves and the fish; and giving thanks, He broke them and started giving them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people."

Matthew 15:36, NLT: "Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, thanked God for them, and broke them into pieces. He gave them to the disciples, who distributed the food to the crowd."

Matthew 15:36, CSB: "he took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds."

What does Matthew 15:36 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus takes the disciples' seven loaves of bread and few fish (Matthew 15:32–35) and gives thanks to His Father for the food. It was a common practice to thank God for providing, and Jesus repeats it here. He knows this small amount of food will be plenty to feed the thousands of people gathered around because of God's power to multiply what is there.

As with the prior miraculous feeding (Matthew 14:13–21), the disciples find themselves receiving from Christ a seemingly endless supply. Once again, they find themselves serving the people with the bread provided to them by Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God. Again, the disciples find they have every reason to trust God's power to provide what is needed when they need it.