John 11:20
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New International Version
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

New Living Translation
When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house.

English Standard Version
So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house.

Berean Study Bible
So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet Him; but Mary stayed at home.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore Martha, when she heard that Jesus is coming, met Him; but Mary was sitting in the house.

New American Standard Bible
Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him, but Mary stayed at the house.

King James Bible
Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As soon as Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet Him. But Mary remained seated in the house.

International Standard Version
As soon as Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home.

NET Bible
So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary was sitting in the house.

New Heart English Bible
Then when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary stayed in the house.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But when Martha heard that Yeshua had come, she went out to meet him; but Maryam was sitting in the house.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. Mary stayed at home.

New American Standard 1977
Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him; but Mary still sat in the house.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him; but Mary sat still in the house.

King James 2000 Bible
Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.

American King James Version
Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.

American Standard Version
Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary still sat in the house.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Martha therefore, as soon as she heard that Jesus had come, went to meet him: but Mary sat at home.

Darby Bible Translation
Martha then, when she heard Jesus is coming, went to meet him; but Mary sat in the house.

English Revised Version
Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary still sat in the house.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat in the house.

Weymouth New Testament
Martha, however, as soon as she heard the tidings, "Jesus is coming," went to meet Him; but Mary remained sitting in the house.

World English Bible
Then when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary stayed in the house.

Young's Literal Translation
Martha, therefore, when she heard that Jesus doth come, met him, and Mary kept sitting in the house.
Study Bible
Jesus Comforts Martha and Mary
19and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them in the loss of their brother. 20So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet Him; but Mary stayed at home. 21Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.…
Cross References
Luke 10:38
As they traveled along, Jesus entered a village where a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.

John 11:30
Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met Him.
Treasury of Scripture

Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.

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(20) Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming . . .--This is partly to be explained from the position in which they stood towards Him, and partly from the fact of the presence of the Jews at the house. She goes forth to meet Him in a place where she can speak her heart's thoughts, apart from the oppressive ceremonial of the formal lamentation, and where He would not be exposed to a renewal of the attempts against His life.

But Mary sat still in the house.--Better, without the word in italics, but Mary was sitting in the house. The characteristics of the two sisters, which we find in Luke 10:38 (see Note there), are strikingly preserved in this narrative. The clause describes precisely the position of the mourner, who sat on or near the ground, while those who came to lament with her sat around. (Comp. Job 2:13-13.)

Verse 20. - The οϋν points back probably to ver. 1. The type of character so beautifully contrasted in the previous reference to the family at Bethany appears again, and confirms the historical character of Luke 10:38, etc., as well as of the narrative before us. Thoma says that this picture is "simply painted with synoptic color." Martha is the mistress of the house. Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. Martha was a woman of impulse, energy, practical duty; like Peter, she was ready even to give advice to her Lord, and eager to put everybody in his rightful place. On the first opportunity she hastened at once to "meet" Jesus, even without at first warning her sister of his approach. Mary, contemplative, pensive, undemonstrative under ordinary circumstances, but with a great fund of love, was sitting in the house receiving the condolences of the Jews (cf. ver. 19). Weiss suggests that Jesus was well aware, from the station of the family, and from the fact that hitherto his own friendship for the sisters had not submitted them to the ban, that "many Jews" would have congregated in the house of mourning. Consequently, Jesus does not come straight to the house, but allows it to be known that he is there. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming,.... Which she might hear of, either by a messenger sent by Christ to her, to acquaint her of it; or rather by some of the people of the town, who knew him, and ran and told her of it; and she being an active person, and stirring about house, might receive the report unknown to her sister, as it seems she did; and as soon as she had the hint, without staying to communicate it to her sister,

went and met him; either through her great affection to him, and eager desire of seeing him; or to consult his safety, and let him know what number of Jews were in their house, that he might consider whether it would be safe for him to be at their house or not.

But Mary sat still in the house; not out of disrespect to Jesus, or through want of affection to him, or through any indifference and sloth, but because she knew not that Jesus was coming; see John 11:28. 20-22. Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him—true to the energy and activity of her character, as seen in Lu 10:38-42. (See on [1831]Lu 10:38-42).

but Mary sat … in the house—equally true to her placid character. These undesigned touches not only charmingly illustrate the minute historic fidelity of both narratives, but their inner harmony.11:17-32 Here was a house where the fear of God was, and on which his blessing rested; yet it was made a house of mourning. Grace will keep sorrow from the heart, but not from the house. When God, by his grace and providence, is coming towards us in ways of mercy and comfort, we should, like Martha, go forth by faith, hope, and prayer, to meet him. When Martha went to meet Jesus, Mary sat still in the house; this temper formerly had been an advantage to her, when it put her at Christ's feet to hear his word; but in the day of affliction, the same temper disposed her to melancholy. It is our wisdom to watch against the temptations, and to make use of the advantages of our natural tempers. When we know not what in particular to ask or expect, let us refer ourselves to God; let him do as seemeth him good. To enlarge Martha's expectations, our Lord declared himself to be the Resurrection and the Life. In every sense he is the Resurrection; the source, the substance, the first-fruits, the cause of it. The redeemed soul lives after death in happiness; and after the resurrection, both body and soul are kept from all evil for ever. When we have read or heard the word of Christ, about the great things of the other world, we should put it to ourselves, Do we believe this truth? The crosses and comforts of this present time would not make such a deep impression upon us as they do, if we believed the things of eternity as we ought. When Christ our Master comes, he calls for us. He comes in his word and ordinances, and calls us to them, calls us by them, calls us to himself. Those who, in a day of peace, set themselves at Christ's feet to be taught by him, may with comfort, in a day of trouble, cast themselves at his feet, to find favour with him.
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