9 Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him.

Read Mark 3:9 Using Other Translations

And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him.
And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him,
Jesus instructed his disciples to have a boat ready so the crowd would not crush him.