“Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.”
King James Version (KJV)
8:18 He commanded to go to the other side - That both himself and the people might have a little rest.
Mt 8:18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him. The multitudes had gathered to listen to his teaching, or to behold his miracles. The sea was only six miles wide, and the Savior often crossed it in order to secure retirement. There is no deep recess in the eastern hills; no towns along its banks corresponding to those in the plain of Gennesareth.