6:31 He said to them, “Come with me privately to an isolated place and rest a while” (for many were coming and going, and there was no time to eat). 6:32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to some remote place. 6:33 But many saw them leaving and recognized them, and they hurried on foot 1 from all the towns 2 and arrived there ahead of them. 3 6:34 As Jesus 4 came ashore 5 he saw the large crowd and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So 6 he taught them many things.
6:35 When it was already late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is an isolated place 7 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, 8 “You 9 give them something to eat.” And they said, “Should we go and buy bread for two hundred silver coins 10 and give it to them to eat?” 6:38 He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five – and two fish.” 6:39 Then he directed them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 6:40 So they reclined in groups of hundreds and fifties. 6:41 He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. He 11 gave them to his 12 disciples to serve the people, and he divided the two fish among them all. 6:42 They all ate and were satisfied, 6:43 and they picked up the broken pieces and fish that were left over, twelve baskets full. 6:44 Now 13 there were five thousand men 14 who ate the bread. 15
6:45 Immediately Jesus 16 made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dispersed the crowd. 6:46 After saying good-bye to them, he went to the mountain to pray. 6:47 When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea and he was alone on the land. 6:48 He 17 saw them straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. As the night was ending, 18 he came to them walking on the sea, 19 for 20 he wanted to pass by them. 21 6:49 When they saw him walking on the water 22 they thought he was a ghost. They 23 cried out, 6:50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them: 24 “Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.” 6:51 Then he went up with them into the boat, and the wind ceased. They were completely astonished, 6:52 because they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
1 tn Grk “ran together on foot.” The idea of συντρέχω (suntrecw) is “to come together quickly to form a crowd” (L&N 15.133).
2 tn Or “cities.”
3 tc The translation here follows the reading προῆλθον (prohlqon, “they preceded”), found in א B (0187) 892 2427 pc lat co. Some
4 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
5 tn Grk “came out [of the boat],” with the reference to the boat understood.
6 tn Grk “And.” Here καί (kai) has been translated as “So” to indicate this action is the result of Jesus’ compassion on the crowd in the narrative.
7 tn Or “a desert” (meaning a deserted or desolate area with sparse vegetation).
8 tn Grk “answering, he said to them.” The participle ἀποκριθείς (apokriqeis) is redundant, but the syntax of the sentence has been changed for clarity.
9 tn Here the pronoun ὑμεῖς (Jumeis) is used, making “you” in the translation emphatic.
10 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.
11 tn Because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, a new sentence was started here in the translation.
12 tc ‡ Most
tn Grk “the disciples”; the Greek article has been translated here as a possessive pronoun (ExSyn 215).
13 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “now” to indicate a somewhat parenthetical remark by the author.
15 tc Many good
16 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
17 tn This verse is one complete sentence in the Greek text, but it has been broken into two sentences in English for clarity.
18 tn Grk “about the fourth watch of the night,” between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.
19 tn Or “on the lake.”
20 tn The καί (kai) was translated so as to introduce a subordinate clause, i.e., with the use of “for.” See BDF §442.9.
21 sn The statement he wanted to pass by them is somewhat difficult to understand. There are at least two common interpretations: (1) it refers to the perspective of the disciples, that is, from their point of view it seemed that Jesus wanted to pass by them; or (2) it refers to a theophany and uses the language of the Greek Old Testament (LXX) when God “passed by” Moses at Sinai (cf. Exod 33:19, 22). According to the latter alternative, Jesus is “passing by” the disciples during their struggle, in order to assure them of his presence with them. See W L. Lane, Mark (NICNT), 236.
23 tn Because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, a new sentence was started here in the translation.
24 tn Grk “he spoke with them, and said to them.”