10:40 But Martha was distracted 1 with all the preparations she had to make, 2 so 3 she came up to him and said, “Lord, don’t you care 4 that my sister has left me to do all the work 5 alone? Tell 6 her to help me.” 10:41 But the Lord 7 answered her, 8 “Martha, Martha, 9 you are worried and troubled 10 about many things, 10:42 but one thing 11 is needed. Mary has chosen the best 12 part; it will not be taken away from her.”
1 sn The term distracted means “to be pulled away” by something (L&N 25.238). It is a narrative comment that makes clear who is right in the account.
2 tn Grk “with much serving.”
3 tn Here δέ (de) has been translated as “so” to indicate that the following was a result of Martha’s distraction.
4 tn The negative οὐ (ou) used with the verb expects a positive reply. Martha expected Jesus to respond and rebuke Mary.
5 tn Grk “has left me to serve alone.”
6 tn The conjunction οὖν (oun, “then, therefore”) has not been translated here.
7 tc Most
8 tn Grk “answering, said to her.” This is redundant in contemporary English and has been simplified to “answered her.”
9 sn The double vocative Martha, Martha communicates emotion.
10 tn Or “upset.” Here the meanings of μεριμνάω (merimnaw) and θορυβάζομαι (qorubazomai) reinforce each other (L&N 25.234).
11 tc Or, with some
12 tn Or “better”; Grk “good.” This is an instance of the positive adjective used in place of the superlative adjective. According to ExSyn 298, this could also be treated as a positive for comparative (“better”).