New International Version
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
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.
Darby Bible Translation
Martha then, when she heard Jesus is coming, went to meet him; but Mary sat 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.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Martha - went and met him - Some suppose she was the eldest of the two sisters - she seems to have had the management of the house. See Luke 10:40.
Mary sat still in the house - It is likely that by this circumstance the evangelist intended to convey the idea of her sorrow and distress; because anciently afflicted persons were accustomed to put themselves in this posture, as expressive of their distress; their grief having rendered them as it were immovable. See Ezra 9:3, Ezra 9:4; Nehemiah 1:4; Psalm 137:1; Isaiah 47:1; Luke 1:79; and Matthew 27:61.
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Our friend sleepeth.--JOHN 11:11. I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. If the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: and if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. But now is Christ risen from the …
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As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.
Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.
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