And he said to them, “Let’s go somewhere else, into the nearby towns, so that I can preach there also, for that is why I came.” Bible other translations

“towns.” This is a very rare word in the New Testament, signifying a town that is not big enough to be called a “city” or have a wall around it, but too big to be called a “village.” It is likely referring to a nearby town that is just big enough to have a market.

“for that is why I came.” Jesus’ ministry on earth was to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom and get people saved (cp. Luke 4:43). The Greek could be translated, “for this purpose I came.” Jesus was born and came to humankind to do God’s work and to give his life a ransom for many (John 18:37).

Commentary for: Mark 1:38