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The poem on this gravestone in RI refers to "Mary's part." What does this phrase mean?

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It is a widely used epitaph of the time for beloved wives (see here and here), and seems to refer to Luke 10:38-42: (New International Version (NIV))

At the Home of Martha and Mary

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.

39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.

40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,

42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

By "Martha's care" is meant that the deceased was painstaking in her care of home and family; and by "Mary's part" is meant that she loved Jesus devoutly.

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It would be better to use a translation that employs the same wording as the epitaph, such as the NRS version. biblestudytools.com/luke/10-42-compare.html –  OrangeDog Sep 23 '13 at 12:15
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@OrangeDog - Interesting that the wording would be from the NRSV, since that wasn't released until 1989, and the tombstone was supposedly from 1847. –  T.E.D. Sep 23 '13 at 18:07
    
@T.E.D.: The poem dates back at least another 40+ years, as tombstones from the very early 1800's have the same poem. –  Pieter Geerkens Sep 24 '13 at 1:05
    
@OrangeDog: That version of the bible clearly copies the poem, not the other way around, by virtue of being nearly 200 years more recent. –  Pieter Geerkens Sep 26 '13 at 3:13
    
"part" appears in King James as well, from 1611. The question is directly about what the "part" is. –  OrangeDog Sep 26 '13 at 8:49

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