Matthew 15:39 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 15:39, NIV: "After Jesus had sent the crowd away, he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan."

Matthew 15:39, ESV: "And after sending away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan."

Matthew 15:39, KJV: "And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala."

Matthew 15:39, NASB: "And sending away the crowds, Jesus got into the boat and came to the region of Magadan."

Matthew 15:39, NLT: "Then Jesus sent the people home, and he got into a boat and crossed over to the region of Magadan."

Matthew 15:39, CSB: "After dismissing the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan."

What does Matthew 15:39 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After the crowd was fed, Jesus sent the people home. Then He and His disciples got into a boat and sailed across the Sea of Galilee and back into Jewish territory. Matthew writes that they went to the region of Magadan. Many commentators understand Magadan to be another spelling for Magdala since there are no records of a Magadan in Israel. Magdala was the home of Mary Magdalene—also written as "Mary the Magdalene"—one of Jesus' most faithful and devoted followers. Magdala was on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee.

In the following chapter, the disciples will show that they have not fully comprehended the implications behind Jesus' miraculous feeding of so many people in this chapter (Matthew 16:5–12).