Luke 10:39
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New International Version
She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said.

New Living Translation
Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord's feet, listening to what he taught.

English Standard Version
And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching.

New American Standard Bible
She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord's feet, listening to His word.

King James Bible
And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
She had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lord's feet and was listening to what He said.

International Standard Version
She had a sister named Mary, who sat down at the Lord's feet and kept listening to what he was saying.

NET Bible
She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he said.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And she had a sister, whose name was Maryam, and she came and sat herself at the feet of Our Lord, and she was listening to his words.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
She had a sister named Mary. Mary sat at the Lord's feet and listened to him talk.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard his word.

King James 2000 Bible
And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.

American King James Version
And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.

American Standard Version
And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at the Lord's feet, and heard his word.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And she had a sister called Mary, who sitting also at the Lord's feet, heard his word.

Darby Bible Translation
And she had a sister called Mary, who also, having sat down at the feet of Jesus was listening to his word.

English Revised Version
And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at the Lord's feet, and heard his word.

Webster's Bible Translation
And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.

Weymouth New Testament
She had a sister called Mary, who seated herself at the Lord's feet and listened to His teaching.

World English Bible
She had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.

Young's Literal Translation
and she had also a sister, called Mary, who also, having seated herself beside the feet of Jesus, was hearing the word,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:38-42 A good sermon is not the worse for being preached in a house; and the visits of our friends should be so managed, as to make them turn to the good of their souls. Sitting at Christ's feet, signifies readiness to receive his word, and submission to the guidance of it. Martha was providing for the entertainment of Christ, and those that came with him. Here were respect to our Lord Jesus and right care of her household affairs. But there was something to be blamed. She was for much serving; plenty, variety, and exactness. Worldly business is a snare to us, when it hinders us from serving God, and getting good to our souls. What needless time is wasted, and expense often laid out, even in entertaining professors of the gospel! Though Martha was on this occasion faulty, yet she was a true believer, and in her general conduct did not neglect the one thing needful. The favour of God is needful to our happiness; the salvation of Christ is needful to our safety. Where this is attended to, all other things will be rightly pursued. Christ declared, Mary hath chosen the good part. For one thing is needful, this one thing that she has done, to give up herself to the guidance of Christ. The things of this life will be taken away from us, at the furthest, when we shall be taken away from them; but nothing shall separate from the love of Christ, and a part in that love. Men and devils cannot take it away from us, and God and Christ will not. Let us mind the one thing needful more diligently.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And she had a sister called Mary,.... Which also was a common name with the Jews, and is the same with Miriam; so we read of Mary, the daughter of Nicodemon, the same perhaps with Nicodemus; and the same person that is before called Martha, the daughter of Baithus, is sometimes called Mary, the daughter of Baithus (e), though these two names are certainly distinct:

which also sat at Jesus' feet; was a disciple of his, as well as Martha; for it was usual for disciples, or the scholars of the wise men, to sit at the feet of their masters, to which the allusion is in Deuteronomy 33:3; see Gill on Acts 22:3 The Vulgate Latin, Arabic, and Coptic versions, read "at the Lord's feet": so Beza's ancient copy, and one of Stephens's; and the Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic versions read, "at our Lord's feet". The phrase is expressive of her great affection for Christ, her humble deportment, and close attention:

and heard his word; or discourse; for as soon as he entered into the house, he began to preach to those that were in it, and that came along with him, improving every opportunity for the good of souls; and Mary heard him with great eagerness and diligence, affection, pleasure, and profit.

(e) Echa Rabbati, fol. 49. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

39. which also—"who for her part," in contrast with Martha.

sat—"seated herself." From the custom of sitting beneath an instructor, the phrase "sitting at one's feet" came to mean being a disciple of any one (Ac 22:3).

heard—rather, "kept listening" to His word.

Luke 10:39 Additional Commentaries
Context
Martha and Mary
38Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord's feet, listening to His word. 40But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me."…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 33:3
Surely it is you who love the people; all the holy ones are in your hand. At your feet they all bow down, and from you receive instruction,

2 Kings 4:38
Elisha returned to Gilgal and there was a famine in that region. While the company of the prophets was meeting with him, he said to his servant, "Put on the large pot and cook some stew for these prophets."

Luke 8:35
and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus' feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.

Luke 10:42
but few things are needed--or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."

John 11:1
Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.

John 11:19
and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother.

John 12:3
Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

Acts 22:3
"I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was thoroughly trained in the law of our ancestors. I was just as zealous for God as any of you are today.
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