In the meanwhile, when so many thousands of the people had gathered that they were trampling on one another, Jesus commenced by saying primarily to His disciples, Be on your guard against the leaven (ferment) of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy [producing unrest and violent agitation].
And so many people gathered together there that there was no longer room [for them], not even around the door; and He was discussing the Word.
And when they could not get him to a place in front of Jesus because of the throng, they dug through the roof above Him; and when they had scooped out an opening, they let down the [ thickly padded] quilt or mat upon which the paralyzed man lay.
But finding no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him with his stretcher through the tiles into the midst, in front of Jesus.
Then Jesus' mother and His brothers came along toward Him, but they could not get to Him because of the crowd.
And he was trying to see Jesus, which One He was, but he could not on account of the crowd, because he was small in stature.
Then He went to a house [probably Peter's], but a throng came together again, so that Jesus and His disciples could not even take food.
And He said to them, [ As for you] come away by yourselves to a deserted place, and rest a while -- "for many were [continually] coming and going, and they had not even leisure enough to eat.
But when Jesus noticed that a crowd [of people] came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, You dumb and deaf spirit, I charge you to come out of him and never go into him again.
And when Jesus came to the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making an uproar and din,
Although he wished to have him put to death, he was afraid of the people, for they regarded John as a prophet.
The crowds reproved them and told them to keep still; but they cried out all the more, Lord, have pity and mercy on us, [You] Son of David!
But if we say, From men -- "we are afraid of and must reckon with the multitude, for they all regard John as a prophet.
And He told His disciples to have a little boat in [constant] readiness for Him because of the crowd, lest they press hard upon Him and crush Him.