Matthew 15:37 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 15:37, NIV: "They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over."

Matthew 15:37, ESV: "And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over."

Matthew 15:37, KJV: "And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full."

Matthew 15:37, NASB: "And they all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven large baskets full."

Matthew 15:37, NLT: "They all ate as much as they wanted. Afterward, the disciples picked up seven large baskets of leftover food."

Matthew 15:37, CSB: "They all ate and were satisfied. They collected the leftover pieces--seven large baskets full."

What does Matthew 15:37 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Many commentators point to this miraculous feeding, like the previous one (Matthew 14:13–21) as a picture of the banquet to come at the beginning of the kingdom of heaven. There, all will be made right and there will be no hunger or death or mourning or pain (Isaiah 25:6; Revelation 21:4). How could there be any of those things at the table of God? No one will go hungry in His presence.

As with the previous miraculous meal, everyone eats until they are satisfied. No skimping. Then the disciples collect the leftovers and end up with seven full baskets instead of the twelve baskets of leftovers from the first time at Bethsaida. Once again, the disciples are given a message that God can provide all that is needed and far more, no matter the apparent resources in the moment (John14:12).