And they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. Bible other translations

“of hundreds and fifties.” The feeding of the 5,000 harkens back to the time of Moses and the Mosaic Covenant when the people were governed by hundreds and fifties (Ex. 18:25). God had fed the people miraculously with manna at that time, and promised them abundance if they would obey the covenant (Deut. 28:1-14).

Commentary for: Mark 6:40