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Bible Commentaries

The Gospels Compared

John 6

Verses 1-15

Jesus feeds five thousand
Matt 14:13-21 Mark 6:30-44 Luke 9:10-17 John 6:1-15
Mark 6:30 And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. Luke 9:10 And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done.
Mark 6:31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
Matthew 14:13 When Jesus heard [of it], he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: Mark 6:32 And they departed into a desert place by ship privately. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. John 6:1 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is [the sea] of Tiberias.
and when the people had heard [thereof], they followed him on foot out of the cities. Mark 6:33 And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him. Luke 9:11 And the people, when they knew [it], followed him: John 6:2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.
John 6:3 And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. John 6:4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.
Matthew 14:14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. Mark 6:34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things. and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.
Matthew 14:15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; Mark 6:35 And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time [is] far passed: Luke 9:12 And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him,
send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. Mark 6:36 Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place. John 6:5 When Jesus then lifted up [his] eyes, and saw a great company come unto him,
Matthew 14:16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. Mark 6:37 He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. Luke 9:13 But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?



John 6:6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.
Matthew 14:17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people. John 6:7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.
Matthew 14:18 He said, Bring them hither to me. Mark 6:38 He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see.

And when they knew, they say,

John 6:8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him,
Five, and two fishes.

John 6:9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
Matthew 14:19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, Mark 6:39 And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. Luke 9:14 For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company. John 6:10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place.

Mark 6:40 And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. Luke 9:15 And they did so, and made them all sit down. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to [his] disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. Mark 6:41 And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave [them] to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. Luke 9:16 Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude. John 6:11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
Matthew 14:20 And they did all eat, and were filled: Mark 6:42 And they did all eat, and were filled. Luke 9:17 And they did eat, and were all filled: John 6:12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. Mark 6:43 And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets. John 6:13 Therefore they gathered [them] together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.
Matthew 14:21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children. Mark 6:44 And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.

John 6:14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. John 6:15 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.

Verses 16-21

Jesus walks on water
Matthew 14:22-33 Mark 6:45-52 John 6:16-21
Matthew 14:22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. Mark 6:45 And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. John 6:16 And when even was [now] come, his disciples went down unto the sea, John 6:17 And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum.
Matthew 14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, Mark 6:46 And when he had sent them away,
he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. he departed into a mountain to pray. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.
Matthew 14:24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. Mark 6:47 And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. John 6:18 And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew.

Mark 6:48 And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: John 6:19 So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs,
Matthew 14:25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.
Matthew 14:26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. Mark 6:49 But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.
Matthew 14:27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. Mark 6:50 For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. John 6:20 But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid.
Matthew 14:28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. Matthew 14:29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. Matthew 14:30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. Matthew 14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth [his] hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
Matthew 14:32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Mark 6:51 And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased:
Matthew 14:33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. John 6:21 Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.

Mark 6:52 For they considered not [the miracle] of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.
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"Commentary on John 6". "The Gospels Compared". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tgc/john-6.html. 2014.