The Meaning of Matthew 14:18 Explained

Matthew 14:18

KJV: He said, Bring them hither to me.

YLT: And he said, 'Bring ye them to me hither.'

Darby: And he said, Bring them here to me.

ASV: And he said, Bring them hither to me.

What does Matthew 14:18 Mean?

Context Summary

Matthew 14:13-21 - Abundance For The Hungry
Jesus sighed for a little quiet and sought it amid the lonely hills across the lake. The crowds saw where His boat was making for, and hurried round the shore to greet Him. Without a sigh He put away the hope of rest and stillness, and set to work to heal and teach the unshepherded sheep.
This is not only a miracle but a parable. It is thus that the Creator is ever multiplying the slender stores left over from one harvest to produce another. It is thus that He will feed you and yours, if only you will trust him and not run hither and thither in panic. You need not depart from Christ in search of any good thing. All is in Him. When He bids us feed the crowds, He makes Himself ultimately responsible, but paves the way by forcing home the inadequacy of our resources apart from Him. It is as we break and distribute, that the living bread multiplies in our hands. The Church is the intermediary between the living Savior and the desperate hunger of the world. You may sit at the world's table and remain hungry. But at Christ's table you are filled. There is always more than enough left for the distributor. [source]

Chapter Summary: Matthew 14

1  Herod's opinion of Jesus
3  Wherefore John Baptist was beheaded
13  Jesus departs into a solitary place,
15  where he feeds five thousand men with five loves and two fishes
22  He walks on the sea to his disciples;
34  and landing at Gennesaret,
35  heals the sick who touch of the hem of his garment

Greek Commentary for Matthew 14:18

And he said [ο δε ειπεν]
Here is the contrast between the helpless doubt of the disciples and the confident courage of Jesus. He used “the five loaves and two fishes” which they had mentioned as a reason for doing nothing. “Bring them hither unto me.” They had overlooked the power of Jesus in this emergency. [source]

What do the individual words in Matthew 14:18 mean?

- And He said Bring to Me here them
δὲ εἶπεν Φέρετέ μοι ὧδε αὐτούς

Parse: Article, Nominative Masculine Singular
Sense: this, that, these, etc.
εἶπεν  He  said 
Parse: Verb, Aorist Indicative Active, 3rd Person Singular
Root: λέγω  
Sense: to speak, say.
Φέρετέ  Bring 
Parse: Verb, Present Imperative Active, 2nd Person Plural
Root: φέρω  
Sense: to carry.
μοι  to  Me 
Parse: Personal / Possessive Pronoun, Dative 1st Person Singular
Root: ἐγώ  
Sense: I, me, my.
ὧδε  here 
Parse: Adverb
Root: ὧδε  
Sense: here, to this place, etc.

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