Mark 3:21

“And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him, for they said, He is beside himselfe.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

When His own people heard {of this,} they went out to take custody of Him; for they were saying, "He has lost His senses."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And when his friends heard it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And when his friends had news of it, they went out to get him, saying, He is off his head.
- Basic English Bible

And his relatives having heard [of it] went out to lay hold on him, for they said, He is out of his mind.
- Darby Bible

And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.
- Webster's Bible

Hearing of this, His relatives came to seize Him by force, for they said, "He is out of his mind."
- Weymouth Bible

When his friends heard it, they went out to seize him: for they said, "He is insane."
- World English Bible

And whanne his kynnysmen hadden herd, thei wenten out `to holde him; for thei seiden, that he is turned in to woodnesse.
- Wycliffe Bible

and his friends having heard, went forth to lay hold on him, for they said that he was beside himself,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Mark 3:21


3:21 His relations - His mother and his brethren, #Mr 3:31|. But it was some time before they could come near him.


People's Bible Notes for Mark 3:21


Mr 3:21 His friends. Probably his relatives. See Mr 3:31. His brethren were not yet counted among his disciples. He is beside himself. Carried away by an unwise enthusiasm.

Discussion for Mark 3:21

  • Michael Lydon for verse 21
    Iudge not. Speak of "heathens" who have "wickedness" and ask yourself to bear what's in your own heart. Are you describing the action? If so, then strengthen the that proper discernment between good and evil and carry forth to bear good. Be careful in how you proceed, however, lest your discernment be taken as iudgment, strengthening the evil you seek to point out.

    Or, if the heathen is cast outside as evil, are you not saying that "The table of the Lord is contemptible"?

    God is Grace.
  • Alexander Christian for verse 21
    This is an evidence of Mary's wickedness, also according to the verse Lk 2:35; a detail completely hidden and neglected by heathens today.

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