And he said unto them
After he had heard their account, was satisfied with it, and approved of what they had said and done:
come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while:
where they might be free from noise and hurry, and take some rest and refreshment, after their wearisome journey, hard labours, and great fatigue in preaching and working miracles; which shows the great compassion, tenderness, and care of Christ, for his disciples:
for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so
much as to eat;
the people were continually going to and fro; as soon as one company was gone, who came with their sick and diseased to be healed, or upon one account or another, another came: so that there was no opportunity of private meditation and prayer, nor of spiritual converse together: nor even so much as to eat a meal's meat for the refreshment of nature.