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The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 15:33

Whence should we have so much bread , etc.? Christ had said nothing to his disciples concerning his design of feeding the people, but his remarks pointed to the possibility of such a design, and the apostles at once throw cold water upon the project. They do not indeed, as they did before urge him to send the multitude away, that they may supply their own needs, but they emphasize the impossibility of carrying out the idea of feeding them. Their answer bristles with objections. The place is... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Matthew 15:32-39

The miracle recorded here - the feeding of the four thousand - took place on a mountain near the Sea of Galilee. The same account is recorded in Mark 8:1-10. The circumstances of the miracle are so similar to the one recorded in Matthew 14:14-21, as to need little additional explanation.Matthew 15:32Three days, and have nothing to eat - This is not, perhaps, to be taken literally, but only that during that time they had been deprived of their ordinary or regular food.They had had only a very... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Matthew 15:32-39

Matthew 15:32-39. Jesus called his disciples, and said, I have compassion, &c. For some observations on the contents of these verses, see the notes on Mark 8:1-9. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Matthew 15:29-39

71. Ministry in the Decapolis (Matthew 15:29-39; Mark 7:31-8:10)From the Mediterranean towns of Phoenicia, Jesus returned to the region around the Sea of Galilee, then continued on into the Decapolis, where the population was largely Gentile. It seems that for a period his ministry was mainly among Gentiles, and many became believers in the God of Israel (Matthew 15:29-31; Mark 7:31). One of the people he healed was a deaf and dumb man. Because of the man’s deafness, Jesus used actions rather... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Matthew 15:33

we. Emphatic, as are the words which follow. the wilderness = a desert place. These are emphatic also, in addition to "we". fill = satisfy. read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Matthew 15:33

And the disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so many loaves in a desert place as to fill so great a multitude?This remark has occasioned some commentators to view this as the same as the other similar miracle in which the five thousand were fed; but Matthew and Mark both record Jesus' reference to both these wonders as separate events (Matthew 16:9,10; Mark 8:19,20). The unbelief, or apparent unbelief, of the Twelve showed how little they truly understood the power of the Saviour,... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Matthew 15:32-38

Matthew 15:32-38. I have compassion on the multitude— Σπλαγχνιζομαι, a very expressive word, signifying My bowels yearn, or are moved, see ch. Matthew 9:36. It is pleasing to remark the strong compassion which our blessed Lord continually discovered in all his actions toward mankind. The multitude, it is probable, intent on hearing Christ and seeing his miracles, had lodged two nights together in thefields, as the season of the year was pleasant, this event happening quickly after the passover:... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Matthew 15:29-39

6. The public ministry to Gentiles 15:29-39Matthew again recorded a summary of Jesus’ general healing ministry (cf. Matthew 4:23-25; Matthew 9:35-38; Matthew 12:15-21; Matthew 14:34-36) following opposition (Matthew 13:54 to Matthew 14:12; Matthew 15:1-20) and discipleship training (Matthew 14:13-33; Matthew 15:21-28). Opposition and discipleship training did not occupy His attention so exclusively that He had no time to heal the multitudes compassionately. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Matthew 15:32-33

Matthew again called attention to Jesus’ compassion (Matthew 15:32; cf. Matthew 9:36). Evidently the crowds had not gone home at nightfall but had slept on the hillsides to be close to Jesus. This presents a picture of huge crowds standing in line for days at a time to obtain Jesus’ help. Some of them were becoming physically weak from lack of food.The disciples’ question amazes the reader since Jesus had recently fed 5,000 men plus women and children. Probably the fact that the crowd was... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Matthew 15:32-39

Jesus’ feeding of the 4,000 15:32-39 (cf. Mark 8:1-10)Jesus had previously fed 5,000 men, but that was near the northeast coast of Lake Galilee, where the people were mainly Jews (Matthew 14:13-21). Now He fed 4,000 men on the east coast of Lake Galilee, where the people were mainly Gentiles.Feeding the 5,000Feeding the 4,000Primarily JewsPrimarily GentilesIn Galilee near BethsaidaIn the DecapolisFive loaves and two fishSeven loaves and a few fish12 baskets of scraps7 baskets of scrapsPeople... read more

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