John 11:20
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
When Martha heard that Jesus had arrived, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed in the house.

Good News Translation
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed 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.

as soon.

John 11:30
Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.

Matthew 25:1,6
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom…

Acts 10:25
And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.







Lexicon
So
οὖν (oun)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3767: Therefore, then. Apparently a primary word; certainly, or accordingly.

when
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

Martha
Μάρθα (Martha)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3136: Martha, sister of Mary and Lazarus of Bethany. Probably of Chaldee origin; Martha, a Christian woman.

heard
ἤκουσεν (ēkousen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

Jesus
Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2424: Of Hebrew origin; Jesus, the name of our Lord and two other Israelites.

was coming,
ἔρχεται (erchetai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2064: To come, go.

she went out to meet
ὑπήντησεν (hypēntēsen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 5221: To meet, go to meet. From hupo and a derivative of anti; to go opposite under, i.e. To encounter, fall in with.

Him;
αὐτῷ (autō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

but
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

Mary
Μαριὰμ (Mariam)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3137: Or Mariam of Hebrew origin; Maria or Mariam, the name of six Christian females.

stayed
ἐκαθέζετο (ekathezeto)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2516: To be sitting, sit down, be seated. From kata and the base of hedraios; to sit down.

at
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

home.
οἴκῳ (oikō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3624: A dwelling; by implication, a family.
(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. 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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