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Following are a number of back-translations of Matthew 14:18:
And he said: Good News Translation identifies the pronoun he as Jesus (“Jesus said”).
It may be necessary in some languages to substitute a descriptive phrase for them: “the loaves of bread and the fish.”
In many languages indirect speech will be preferable, as in “Jesus told them to take (or, bring) the bread and fish to him.”
Quoted with permission from Newman, Barclay M. and Stine, Philip C. A Handbook on the Gospel of Matthew. (UBS Handbook Series). New York: UBS, 1988. For this and other handbooks for translators see here .