Mark 1:20

20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

Mark 1:20 in Other Translations

KJV
20 And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.
ESV
20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.
NLT
20 He called them at once, and they also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men.
MSG
20 Right off, he made the same offer. Immediately, they left their father Zebedee, the boat, and the hired hands, and followed.
CSB
20 Immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed Him.

Mark 1:20 Meaning and Commentary

Mark 1:20

And straightway he called them
As soon as he saw them; for he was looking out for them, having appointed them long before to the service he now called them to;

and they left their father Zebedee with the hired servants, and went
after him.
It might seem unnatural, had they left their father alone in the ship, to have taken the care and management of it, and therefore it is added, "with the hired servants"; who were hired for that purpose, to assist in mending the nets, and casting them, and managing the ship, and conducting it from place to place, and therefore were not to be charged with want of humanity; and such was the power that went along with Christ's call, that notwithstanding natural affection to their parents, and the gain they might get by these servants and their trade, they cheerfully quitted all, and followed Christ; (See Gill on Matthew 4:22).

Mark 1:20 In-Context

18 At once they left their nets and followed him.
19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets.
20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach.
22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.