How many loaves do you have? (Mk 6:38-6:38)

“Jesus said

To them.

‘How many loaves

Have you?



When they had found out,

They said.


And two fish!’”


ὁ δὲ λέγει αὐτοῖς Πόσους ἔχετε ἄρτους; ὑπάγετε ἴδετε. καὶ γνόντες λέγουσιν Πέντε, καὶ δύο ἰχθύας.


This description of the available food was recorded in all four gospels, Matthew, chapter 14:17, Luke, chapter 9:13, and John, chapter 6:9, plus here.  Mark indicated that Jesus told his disciples (ὁ δὲ λέγει αὐτοῖς) to go and see (ὑπάγετε ἴδετε) how many loaves of bread they had (Πόσους ἔχετε ἄρτους).  Once the apostles found out, they said to Jesus (καὶ γνόντες λέγουσιν) that they only had 5 loaves of bread (Πέντε,) and 2 fish (καὶ δύο ἰχθύας).


The righteous and the wicked (Prov 10:6-10:11)

“Blessings are on the head of the righteous.

But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

The memory of the righteous is a blessing.

But the name of the wicked will not be a blessing.

The wise of heart will heed commandments.

But a babbling fool will come to ruin.

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely.

But whoever follows perverse ways will be found out.

Whoever winks the eye causes trouble.

But the one who rebukes boldly makes peace.

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life.

But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.”

This constant contrast of the righteous and the wicked continues. The righteous ones will be blessed, because the wicked ones conceal violence. The righteous memory is a blessing, but the name of the wicked ones will not get a blessing. The wise ones follow the commandments, but the babbling fools come to ruin. If you walk with integrity, you will be secure. However, if you follow perverse ways, you will be found out. If you wink your eye and let evil happen, you cause more problems. If you rebuke evil things, then you will bring about peace. The righteous mouth is a fountain of life, while the mouth of the wicked conceals its violent ways.