New American Standard Bible
And He appointed twelve, so that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach,
King James Bible
And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,
Darby Bible Translation
And he appointed twelve that they might be with him, and that he might send them to preach,
World English Bible
He appointed twelve, that they might be with him, and that he might send them out to preach,
Young's Literal Translation
and he appointed twelve, that they may be with him, and that he may send them forth to preach,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
He ordained twelve - The word rendered "ordained" here does not express our notion of ordination to the ministry. It means, literally, "he made" - that is, he "appointed" twelve to be with him.
Twelve - The reason why "twelve" were chosen was, probably, that such a number would be deemed competent witnesses of what they saw; that they could not be easily charged with being excited by sympathy, or being deluded, as a multitude might; and that, being destined to go into all the world, a considerable number seemed indispensable. Perhaps, also, there was some reference to the fact that "twelve" was the number of the twelve tribes of Israel.
'Whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is My brother, and My sister, and mother.'--Mark iii. 35. There was a conspiracy to seize Jesus because He is 'mad,' and Mary was in the plot! I. The example for us. (1) Of how all natural and human ties and affections are to be subordinated to doing God's will. Obedience to Him is the first and main thing to which everything else bows, and which determines everything. If others compete or interfere, reject them. Out of that common obedience new ties …
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