Jesus has compassion for the crowd (Mk 8:2-8:2)

“I have compassion

For the crowd.

They have been

With me now

Three days.

They have nothing

To eat.”


Σπλαγχνίζομαι ἐπὶ τὸν ὄχλον, ὅτι ἤδη ἡμέραι τρεῖς προσμένουσίν μοι καὶ οὐκ ἔχουσιν τί φάγωσιν·


Matthew, chapter 15:32, has a similar statement about compassion, practically word for word.  This is much like the earlier feeding of the 5,000 people.  Mark said that Jesus had compassion on the crowd (Σπλαγχνίζομαι ἐπὶ τὸν ὄχλον), since they had been with him for 3 days (ὅτι ἤδη ἡμέραι τρεῖς προσμένουσίν μοι), without anything to eat (καὶ οὐκ ἔχουσιν τί φάγωσιν).  Jesus was seriously concerned about the well being of this large crowd of people who had been with him for a couple of days.