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Mark 3:7-9 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Crowds by the Sea

Then[a] Jesus went away with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him.[b] And from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan River,[c] and around Tyre and Sidon[d] a great multitude came to him when they heard about the things he had done. Because of the crowd, he told his disciples to have a small boat[e] ready for him so the crowd[f] would not press toward him.


  1. Mark 3:7 tn Grk “And.” Here καί (kai) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence of events within the narrative.
  2. Mark 3:7 tn The word “him” is not in the Greek text, but is implied. Direct objects were often omitted in Greek when clear from the context.
  3. Mark 3:8 tn “River” is not in the Greek text but is supplied for clarity. The region referred to here is sometimes known as Transjordan (i.e., “across the Jordan”).
  4. Mark 3:8 sn These last two locations, Tyre and Sidon, represented an expansion outside of traditional Jewish territory. Jesus’ reputation continued to expand into new regions.
  5. Mark 3:9 sn See the note at Mark 1:19 for a description of the first-century fishing boat discovered in 1986 near Tiberias on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee.
  6. Mark 3:9 tn Grk “they”; the referent (the crowd) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
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