That Jesus was coming (oti Ihsou ercetai). Present middle indicative retained in indirect discourse after the secondary tense hkousen (first aorist active). Went and met him (uphnthsen autwi). First aorist (ingressive) active indicative of upantaw, old compound verb, to go to meet ( Matthew 8:28 ) with the associative instrumental case autwi. But Mary still sat in the house (Mariam de en twi oikwi ekaqezeto). Imperfect middle of kaqezomai, old verb to sit down, graphic picture of Mary, "while Mary was sitting in the house." Both Martha and Mary act true to form here as in Luke 10:38-42 .