14:15 When evening arrived, his disciples came to him saying, “This is an isolated place 1 and the hour is already late. Send the crowds away so that they can go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 14:16 But he 2 replied, “They don’t need to go. You 3 give them something to eat.”
6:35 When it was already late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is an isolated place 4 and it is already very late. 6:36 Send them away so that they can go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.” 6:37 But he answered them, 5 “You 6 give them something to eat.” And they said, “Should we go and buy bread for two hundred silver coins 7 and give it to them to eat?”
9:12 Now the day began to draw to a close, 8 so 9 the twelve came and said to Jesus, 10 “Send the crowd away, so they can go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging 11 and food, because we are in an isolated place.” 12 9:13 But he said to them, “You 13 give them something to eat.” They 14 replied, 15 “We have no more than five loaves and two fish – unless 16 we go 17 and buy food 18 for all these people.”
[14:16] 2 tc ‡ The majority of witnesses read ᾿Ιησοῦς (Ihsous, “Jesus”) here, perhaps to clarify the subject. Although only a few Greek
[6:37] 7 sn The silver coin referred to here is the denarius. A denarius, inscribed with a picture of Tiberius Caesar, was worth approximately one day’s wage for a laborer. Two hundred denarii was thus approximately equal to eight months’ wages. The disciples did not have the resources in their possession to feed the large crowd, so Jesus’ request is his way of causing them to trust him as part of their growth in discipleship.
[9:13] 18 sn Not only would going and buying food have been expensive and awkward at this late time of day, it would have taken quite a logistical effort to get the food back out to this isolated location.