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.
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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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Then Martha ... - To Martha was intrusted the management of the affairs of the family, Luke 10:40. It is probable that she first heard of his coming, and, without waiting to inform her sister, went immediately out to meet him. See John 11:28.
Sat still in the house - The word "still" is not in the original. It means that she remained sitting in the house. The common posture of grief among the Jews was that of sitting, Job 2:8; Ezekiel 8:14. Often this grief was so excessive as to fix the person in astonishment, and render him immovable, or prevent his being affected by any external objects. It is possible that the evangelist meant to intimate this of Mary's grief. Compare Ezra 9:3-4; Nehemiah 1:4; Isaiah 47:1.
LibraryMarch 11 Evening
Jesus wept.--JOHN 11:35. A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.--We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities.--It became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.--Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered. I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
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Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.
Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha met Him.
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