Luke 10:38

Martha and Mary

38 Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named 1Martha welcomed Him into her home.

Luke 10:38 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 10:38

Now it came to pass as they went
As Christ and his disciples went from Jerusalem, having been at the feast of tabernacles, ( John 7:2 John 7:10 ) or at the feast of dedication, ( John 10:22 ) to some other parts of Judea:

that he entered into a certain village;
called Bethany, which was about fifteen furlongs, or two miles from Jerusalem, ( John 11:1 John 11:18 )

and a certain woman named Martha.
This is a common name with the Jews; hence we read of Samuel bar Martha F25, and of Abba bar Martha F26, and of Isaac bar Martha F1; and of Martha, the daughter of Baithus F2, who is said to be a rich widow; and this Martha here, is thought by Grotins to be a widow also, with whom her brother Lazarus, and sister Mary lived: though sometimes, this name was given to men; so we read of Martha, F3 the uncle of Rab, who had five brethren; and the same writer observes F4, that it is not known whether Martha is, a man or a woman, but this is determined here:

received him into her house;
in a very kind and courteous manner, she being mistress of it; and having known Christ before, or at least had heard much of him, and believed in him, as the true Messiah.


F25 T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 13. 2. & 25. 2. & Pesachim, fol. 106. 2. Yoma, fol. 19. 2. Juchuin, fol. 76. 2.
F26 T. Bab. Sabbat, fol. 121. 2. Juchasin, fol. 72. 2.
F1 T. Bab. Pesachim, fol. 33. 2. Juchasin, fol. 91. 1.
F2 Misn. Yebamot, c. 6. sect. 4. T. Bob. Yoma, fol. 18. 1. Succa, fol. 52. 2. Cetubot, fol. 104. 1. Gittin, fol. 56. 1. Juchasin, fol. 57. 1.
F3 Juchasin, fol. 99. 1.
F4 lb. fol. 105. 1.

Luke 10:38 In-Context

36 "Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers' hands?"
37 And he said, "The one who showed mercy toward him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do the same."
38 Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.
39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord's feet, listening to His word.
40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, "Lord , do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me."

Cross References 1

  • 1. Luke 10:40; John 11:1, 5, 19ff, 30, 39; John 12:2
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