Had come (elhluqeisan). Past perfect of ercomai. These Jews were probably not hostile to Jesus. There were seven days of solemn mourning ( 1 Samuel 31:13 ). The presence of so many indicates the prominence of the family. To Martha and Mary (pro thn Marqan kai Mariam). Correct text, not the Textus Receptus pro ta peri Marqan kai Mariam (to the women about Martha and Mary). To console them (ina paramuqhswntai). Purpose clause with ina and first aorist middle subjunctive of paramuqeomai, old verb (para, beside, muqo, word), to put in a word beside, to offer consolation. Again in verse 1 Samuel 31 . See 1 Thessalonians 2:11 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:14 . See Job 2:13 for these visits of consolation, often deplorable enough, though kindly meant.