Withdrew to the sea (anecwrhsen ei thn qalassan). Evidently Jesus knew of the plot to kill him, "perceiving it" ( Matthew 12:15 ). "He and His would be safer by the open beach" (Swete). He has the disciples with him. Vincent notes that on eleven occasions Mark mentions the withdrawals of Jesus to escape his enemies, for prayer, for rest, for private conference with his disciples ( Matthew 1:12 ; Matthew 3:7 ; Matthew 6:31 Matthew 6:46 ; Matthew 7:24Matthew 7:31 ; Matthew 9:2 ; Matthew 10:1 ; Matthew 14:34 ). But, as often, a great multitude (polu plhqo) from Galilee followed him.