The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMatthew 13:2
And great multitudes were gathered unto him…
one account, and some on another; some to see his person, others his
miracles; some healing for their bodies, and others for their souls;
some for the loaves, and others to hear him preach; and of these
there were several sorts, as the following parable shows.
So that he went into a ship:
both for his own advantage, that he
might not be crowded, and pressed by the people, and have more room,
and a freer air to speak in, and for theirs, that they might both
see and hear him better.
And sat, and the whole multitude stood on the shore;
as was the then
custom of the Jewish doctors and hearers, the one to sit, and the
other to stand. (See Gill on 5:1). Christ sat upon the deck of the
ship; or perhaps this ship was no other than an open boat, which was
put to sea, some little distance from the shore; upon which the
people stood in great numbers, with much convenience and attention.