Mark 3:20
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New International Version
Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat.

New Living Translation
One time Jesus entered a house, and the crowds began to gather again. Soon he and his disciples couldn't even find time to eat.

English Standard Version
Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat.

Berean Study Bible
Then Jesus went home, and once again a crowd gathered, so that He and His disciples could not even eat.

Berean Literal Bible
And He comes to a house, and a crowd comes together again, so that not even are they able to eat bread.

New American Standard Bible
And He came home, and the crowd gathered again, to such an extent that they could not even eat a meal.

King James Bible
And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then He went home, and the crowd gathered again so that they were not even able to eat.

International Standard Version
Then he went home. Such a large crowd gathered again that Jesus and his disciples couldn't even eat.

NET Bible
Now Jesus went home, and a crowd gathered so that they were not able to eat.

New Heart English Bible
And he came into a house, and the crowd came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And crowds assembled again so that they were not going to be able to eat bread.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Jesus went home. Another crowd gathered so that Jesus and his disciples could not even eat.

New American Standard 1977
And He came home, and the multitude gathered again, to such an extent that they could not even eat a meal.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.

King James 2000 Bible
And the multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.

American King James Version
And the multitude comes together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.

American Standard Version
And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they come to a house, and the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.

Darby Bible Translation
And again a crowd comes together, so that they cannot even eat bread.

English Revised Version
And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.

Weymouth New Testament
And He went into a house. But again the crowd assembled, so that there was no opportunity for them even to snatch a meal.

World English Bible
The multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.

Young's Literal Translation
And come together again doth a multitude, so that they are not able even to eat bread;
Study Bible
A House Divided
19and Judas Iscariot, who later betrayed Him. 20Then Jesus went home, and once again a crowd gathered, so that He and His disciples could not even eat. 21When His family heard about this, they went out to take custody of Him, saying, “He is out of His mind.”…
Cross References
Mark 1:45
But the man went out and openly began to proclaim and spread the news. Consequently, Jesus could no longer enter a town in plain view, but He stayed out in solitary places. Yet people came to Him from every quarter.

Mark 2:1
A few days later, Jesus went back to Capernaum. And when the people heard He was home,

Mark 3:7
So Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea, accompanied by a large crowd from Galilee, Judea,

Mark 3:19
and Judas Iscariot, who later betrayed Him.

Mark 6:31
And He said to them, "Come with Me privately to a solitary place, and let us rest for a while." For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.

Mark 7:17
After Jesus had left the crowd and gone into the house, His disciples inquired about the parable.

Mark 9:28
After Jesus had gone into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, "Why couldn't we drive it out?"
Treasury of Scripture

And the multitude comes together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.

so that.

Mark 3:9 And he spoke to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him …

Mark 6:31 And he said to them, Come you yourselves apart into a desert place, …

Luke 6:17 And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company …

John 4:31-34 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat…

(20) So that they could not so much as eat bread.--The graphic touch, as if springing from actual reminiscence of that crowded scene, is eminently characteristic of St. Mark.

Verses 20, 21. - The last clause of ver. 19, And they went into an house, should form the opening sentence of a new paragraph, and should therefore become the first clause of ver. 20, as in the Revised Version. According to the most approved reading, the words are (ἐξῆλθον), He cometh into an house, or, He cometh home. There is here a considerable gap in St. Mark's narrative. The sermon on the mount followed upon the call of the apostles, at all events so far as it affected them and their mission. Moreover, St. Matthew interposes here two miracles wrought by our Lord after his descent from the mount, and before his return to his own house at Capernaum. St. Mark seems anxious here to hasten on to describe the treatment of our Lord by his own near relatives at this important crisis in his ministry. So that they - i.e., our Lord and his disciples - could not so much as eat bread; such was the pressure of the crowd upon them. St. Mark evidently records this, in order to show the contrast between the zeal of the multitude and the very different feelings of our Lord's own connections. They, his friends, when they heard how he was thronged, went out to lay hold on him; for they said, He is beside himself. This little incident is mentioned only by St. Mark. When his friends saw him so bent upon his great mission as to neglect his bodily necessities, they considered that he was bereft of his reason, that too much zeal and piety had deranged his mind. His friends went out (ἐξῆλθον) to lay hold on him. They may probably have come from Nazareth. St. John (John 7:5) says that "even his brethren did not believe on him;" that is, they did not believe in him with that fuiness of trust which is of the essence of true faith. Their impression was that he was in a condition requiring that he should be put under some restraint. And the multitude coming together again,.... Either the multitude that were about the door of this house; insomuch that there was no room about, nor any coming near it, Mark 2:2, or the multitude that came from different parts, and had thronged about him at the sea side, before he went up into the mountain: these understanding that he was come down from thence, and was returned to Capernaum, and was at Simon's house, flocked thither, in great numbers, to see his person, hear his doctrines, and observe his miracles;

so that they could not so much as eat bread; the press was so great, and their importunities so urgent, either to hear him preach, or have their sick healed, that Christ, and his disciples, had neither room nor opportunity to eat some food for the refreshment of nature; though it was very necessary, and high time they had, especially Christ, who had been up all night, which he had spent in prayer; and had been very busy that morning in calling and appointing his apostles, and instructing them what they should do. Mr 3:20-30. Jesus Is Charged with Madness and Demoniacal Possession—His Reply. ( = Mt 12:22-37; Lu 11:14-26).

See on [1413]Mt 12:22-37; [1414]Lu 11:21-26.3:13-21 Christ calls whom he will; for his grace is his own. He had called the apostles to separate themselves from the crowd, and they came unto him. He now gave them power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils. May the Lord send forth more and more of those who have been with him, and have learned of him to preach his gospel, to be instruments in his blessed work. Those whose hearts are enlarged in the work of God, can easily bear with what is inconvenient to themselves, and will rather lose a meal than an opportunity of doing good. Those who go on with zeal in the work of God, must expect hinderances, both from the hatred of enemies, and mistaken affections of friends, and need to guard against both.
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