39 Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.
39 And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.
39 Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass.
39 Jesus got them all to sit down in groups of fifty or a hundred - they looked like a patchwork quilt of wildflowers spread out on the green grass!
39 Then He commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass.
39 Then Jesus told the disciples to have the people sit down in groups on the green grass.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Mark 6:39
Commentary on Mark 6:30-44
(Read Mark 6:30-44)
Let not ministers do any thing or teach any thing, but what they are willing should be told to their Lord. Christ notices the frights of some, and the toils of others of his disciples, and provides rest for those that are tired, and refuge for those that are terrified. The people sought the spiritual food of Christ's word, and then he took care that they should not want bodily food. If Christ and his disciples put up with mean things, surely we may. And this miracle shows that Christ came into the world, not only to restore, but to preserve and nourish spiritual life; in him there is enough for all that come. None are sent empty away from Christ but those who come to him full of themselves. Though Christ had bread enough at command, he teaches us not to waste any of God's bounties, remembering how many are in want. We may, some time, need the fragments that we now throw away.