Now as they went on their way (hn de twi poreuesqai autou). Luke's favourite temporal clause again as in verse Acts 35 . Received him into her house (upedexato auton ei thn oikian). Aorist middle indicative of upodecomai, an old verb to welcome as a guest (in the N.T. only here and Luke 19:6 ; Acts 17:7 ; James 2:25 ). Martha is clearly the mistress of the home and is probably the elder sister. There is no evidence that she was the wife of Simon the leper ( John 12:1 ). It is curious that in an old cemetery at Bethany the names of Martha, Eleazar, and Simon have been found.