The Meaning of Matthew 15:38 Explained

Matthew 15:38

KJV: And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.

YLT: and those eating were four thousand men, apart from women and children.

Darby: but they that ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.

ASV: And they that did eat were four thousand men, besides women and children.

What does Matthew 15:38 Mean?

Context Summary

Matthew 15:29-39 - Ministering To The Multitudes
Our Lord's mission of grace and truth was at its height. His help was sought with the utmost eagerness. Large numbers of sick were cast at His feet in hot haste. The crumb was given to the woman of Canaan, but whole loaves were distributed to the crowds of Jews, because it was befitting that they should have a full chance to appreciate and accept Christ. For a brief moment they glorified the God of Israel, but the spasm of gratitude was transient. "His own" rejected Jesus. They would have His miracles, but would not own His claims. Take care that you do not become content with getting His help; love Him for Himself.
Do not suppose that these miracles were confined to His earthly life. He is still the great storehouse of divine and healing energy. He is still moved with compassion, and longs to help each weary and sin-sick soul. His thought still is lest they faint by the way. The wilderness can place no bar on "the saving strength of His right hand." Disciples especially are meant to be intermediaries and mediators. They take and give. [source]

Chapter Summary: Matthew 15

1  Jesus reproves the Scribes and Pharisees
7  for transgressing God's commandments through their own traditions;
10  teaches how that which goes into the mouth does not defile a man
21  He heals the daughter of the woman of Canaan,
29  and other great multitudes;
32  and with seven loaves and a few small fish feeds four thousand men

What do the individual words in Matthew 15:38 mean?

Those then eating were four thousand men besides women and children
οἱ δὲ ἐσθίοντες ἦσαν τετρακισχίλιοι ἄνδρες χωρὶς γυναικῶν καὶ παιδίων

οἱ  Those 
Parse: Article, Nominative Masculine Plural
Sense: this, that, these, etc.
ἐσθίοντες  eating 
Parse: Verb, Present Participle Active, Nominative Masculine Plural
Root: ἐσθίω 
Sense: to eat.
τετρακισχίλιοι  four  thousand 
Parse: Adjective, Nominative Masculine Plural
Root: τετρακισχίλιοι  
Sense: four thousand.
ἄνδρες  men 
Parse: Noun, Nominative Masculine Plural
Root: ἀνήρ  
Sense: with reference to sex.
χωρὶς  besides 
Parse: Preposition
Root: χωρίς  
Sense: separate, apart.
γυναικῶν  women 
Parse: Noun, Genitive Feminine Plural
Root: γυνή  
Sense: a woman of any age, whether a virgin, or married, or a widow.
παιδίων  children 
Parse: Noun, Genitive Neuter Plural
Root: παιδίον  
Sense: a young child, a little boy, a little girl.

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