Matthew 13:2
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New International Version
Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.

New Living Translation
A large crowd soon gathered around him, so he got into a boat. Then he sat there and taught as the people stood on the shore.

English Standard Version
And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach.

New American Standard Bible
And large crowds gathered to Him, so He got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd was standing on the beach.

King James Bible
And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Such large crowds gathered around Him that He got into a boat and sat down, while the whole crowd stood on the shore.

International Standard Version
Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, while the entire crowd stood on the shore.

NET Bible
And such a large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat to sit while the whole crowd stood on the shore.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And great crowds were assembled to him so that he embarked, seating himself in a ship, and all the crowds were standing on the beach by the sea.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat. He sat in the boat while the entire crowd stood on the shore.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And a great multitude was gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship and sat, and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

King James 2000 Bible
And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

American King James Version
And great multitudes were gathered together to him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

American Standard Version
And there were gathered unto him great multitudes, so that he entered into a boat, and sat; and all the multitude stood on the beach.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And great multitudes were gathered unto him, so that he went up into a boat and sat: and all the multitude stood on the shore.

Darby Bible Translation
And great crowds were gathered together to him, so that going on board ship himself he sat down, and the whole crowd stood on the shore.

English Revised Version
And there were gathered unto him great multitudes, so that he entered into a boat, and sat; and all the multitude stood on the beach.

Webster's Bible Translation
And great multitudes were gathered to him, so that he went into a boat, and sat down; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

Weymouth New Testament
when a vast multitude of people crowded round Him. He therefore went on board a boat and sat there, while all the people stood on the shore.

World English Bible
Great multitudes gathered to him, so that he entered into a boat, and sat, and all the multitude stood on the beach.

Young's Literal Translation
and gathered together unto him were many multitudes, so that he having gone into the boat did sit down, and all the multitude on the beach did stand,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:1-23 Jesus entered into a boat that he might be the less pressed, and be the better heard by the people. By this he teaches us in the outward circumstances of worship not to covet that which is stately, but to make the best of the conveniences God in his providence allots to us. Christ taught in parables. Thereby the things of God were made more plain and easy to those willing to be taught, and at the same time more difficult and obscure to those who were willingly ignorant. The parable of the sower is plain. The seed sown is the word of God. The sower is our Lord Jesus Christ, by himself, or by his ministers. Preaching to a multitude is sowing the corn; we know not where it will light. Some sort of ground, though we take ever so much pains with it, brings forth no fruit to purpose, while the good soil brings forth plentifully. So it is with the hearts of men, whose different characters are here described by four sorts of ground. Careless, trifling hearers, are an easy prey to Satan; who, as he is the great murderer of souls, so he is the great thief of sermons, and will be sure to rob us of the word, if we take not care to keep it. Hypocrites, like the stony ground, often get the start of true Christians in the shows of profession. Many are glad to hear a good sermon, who do not profit by it. They are told of free salvation, of the believer's privileges, and the happiness of heaven; and, without any change of heart, without any abiding conviction of their own depravity, their need of a Saviour, or the excellence of holiness, they soon profess an unwarranted assurance. But when some heavy trial threatens them, or some sinful advantage may be had, they give up or disguise their profession, or turn to some easier system. Worldly cares are fitly compared to thorns, for they came in with sin, and are a fruit of the curse; they are good in their place to stop a gap, but a man must be well armed that has much to do with them; they are entangling, vexing, scratching, and their end is to be burned, Heb 6:8. Worldly cares are great hinderances to our profiting by the word of God. The deceitfulness of riches does the mischief; they cannot be said to deceive us unless we put our trust in them, then they choke the good seed. What distinguished the good ground was fruitfulness. By this true Christians are distinguished from hypocrites. Christ does not say that this good ground has no stones in it, or no thorns; but none that could hinder its fruitfulness. All are not alike; we should aim at the highest, to bring forth most fruit. The sense of hearing cannot be better employed than in hearing God's word; and let us look to ourselves that we may know what sort of hearers we are.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship. The article wrongly inserted in the Received Text (τὸ πλοῖον) suggests that it was the boat which, as some think, waited upon him. (For another occasion when he taught from a boat, cf. Luke 5:3.) And sat; and the whole multitude stood; was standing. The position of ἱστήκει at the end of the sentence in the Greek emphasizes their attitude. Their numbers compelled it, and they disregarded the fatigue. Further, the tense (pluperf., equivalent to imperf.) pictures them as patiently standing there. On the shore; beach (Revised Version); ἐπὶ τὸν αἰγιαλόν: i.e. this part at least of the shore was covered with sand or pebbles. Possibly we have signs of an eyewitness, both in the exact description of the spot, and in the vividness of the ἱστήκει (comp. John 1:35, al.; and Bishop Westcott's remarks in Expositor, III. 5:248; cf., too, Introduction, p. 12.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And great multitudes were gathered unto him,.... Some on one account, and some on another; some to see his person, others his miracles; some healing for their bodies, and others for their souls; some for the loaves, and others to hear him preach; and of these there were several sorts, as the following parable shows.

So that he went into a ship: both for his own advantage, that he might not be crowded, and pressed by the people, and have more room, and a freer air to speak in, and for theirs, that they might both see and hear him better.

And sat, and the whole multitude stood on the shore; as was the then custom of the Jewish doctors and hearers, the one to sit, and the other to stand. See Gill on Matthew 5:1. Christ sat upon the deck of the ship; or perhaps this ship was no other than an open boat, which was put to sea, some little distance from the shore; upon which the people stood in great numbers, with much convenience and attention.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship—the article in the received text lacks authority

and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore—How graphic this picture!—no doubt from the pen of an eye-witness, himself impressed with the scene. It was "the same day" on which the foregoing solemn discourse was delivered, when His kindred thought Him "beside Himself" for His indifference to food and repose—that same day retiring to the seashore of Galilee; and there seating Himself, perhaps for coolness and rest, the crowds again flock around Him, and He is fain to push off from them, in the boat usually kept in readiness for Him; yet only to begin, without waiting to rest, a new course of teaching by parables to the eager multitudes that lined the shore. To the parables of our Lord there is nothing in all language to be compared, for simplicity, grace, fulness, and variety of spiritual teaching. They are adapted to all classes and stages of advancement, being understood by each according to the measure of his spiritual capacity.

Matthew 13:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Sower
1That day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the sea. 2And large crowds gathered to Him, so He got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd was standing on the beach. 3And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, "Behold, the sower went out to sow;…
Cross References
Luke 5:3
He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

Luke 8:4
While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable:
Treasury of Scripture

And great multitudes were gathered together to him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

great.

Matthew 4:25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and …

Matthew 15:30 And great multitudes came to him, having with them those that were …

Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between …

Luke 8:4-8 And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him …

so.

Mark 4:1 And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered …

Luke 5:3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed …

a ship. [To ploion,] 'the ship' or boat; which Mr. Wakefield supposes was a particular vessel kept on the lake for the use of Christ and his disciples.

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