Luke 8:18
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New International Version
Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them."

New Living Translation
"So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them."

English Standard Version
Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.”

New American Standard Bible
"So take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him."

King James Bible
Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore take care how you listen. For whoever has, more will be given to him; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken away from him."

International Standard Version
So pay attention to how you listen, because to the one who has something, more will be given. However, from the one who doesn't have, even what he thinks he has will be taken away from him."

NET Bible
So listen carefully, for whoever has will be given more, but whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Take heed how you hear. Whoever has it, it will be given to him, and whoever does not have it, also that which he thinks he has will be taken from him.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"So pay attention to how you listen! Those who understand [these mysteries] will be given [more knowledge]. However, some people don't understand [these mysteries]. Even what they think they understand will be taken away from them."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Take heed therefore how ye hear, for whosoever has, to him shall be given; and whosoever has not, from him shall be taken even that which he seems to have.

King James 2000 Bible
Take heed therefore how you hear: for whosoever has, to him shall be given; and whosoever has not, from him shall be taken even that which he seems to have.

American King James Version
Take heed therefore how you hear: for whoever has, to him shall be given; and whoever has not, from him shall be taken even that which he seems to have.

American Standard Version
Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he thinketh he hath.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Take heed therefore how you hear. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given: and whosoever hath not, that also which he thinketh he hath, shall be taken away from him.

Darby Bible Translation
Take heed therefore how ye hear; for whosoever has, to him shall be given, and whosoever has not, even what he seems to have shall be taken from him.

English Revised Version
Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he thinketh he hath.

Webster's Bible Translation
Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whoever hath, to him shall be given; and whoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.

Weymouth New Testament
Be careful, therefore, how you hear; for whoever has anything, to him more shall be given, and whoever has nothing, even that which he thinks he has shall be taken away from him."

World English Bible
Be careful therefore how you hear. For whoever has, to him will be given; and whoever doesn't have, from him will be taken away even that which he thinks he has."

Young's Literal Translation
'See, therefore, how ye hear, for whoever may have, there shall be given to him, and whoever may not have, also what he seemeth to have, shall be taken from him.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:4-21 There are many very needful and excellent rules and cautions for hearing the word, in the parable of the sower, and the application of it. Happy are we, and for ever indebted to free grace, if the same thing that is a parable to others, with which they are only amused, is a plain truth to us, by which we are taught and governed. We ought to take heed of the things that will hinder our profiting by the word we hear; to take heed lest we hear carelessly and slightly, lest we entertain prejudices against the word we hear; and to take heed to our spirits after we have heard the word, lest we lose what we have gained. The gifts we have, will be continued to us or not, as we use them for the glory of God, and the good of our brethren. Nor is it enough not to hold the truth in unrighteousness; we should desire to hold forth the word of life, and to shine, giving light to all around. Great encouragement is given to those who prove themselves faithful hearers of the word, by being doers of the work. Christ owns them as his relations.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have. A grave warning to his disciples primarily, and then to all who take upon themselves any work, even the humblest, connected with teaching Divine truth. The real strident, patient, humble, and restlessly industrious, he shall be endowed with ever-increasing powers; while the make-believe, lazy, and self-sufficient one shall be punished by the gradual waning of the little light which once shone in his soul.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Take heed therefore how ye hear,.... That ye hear not in a careless and negligent manner, since what truths and doctrines ye now hear with the ear, are to be preached by you unto others:

for whosoever hath; that is, hath knowledge of the doctrines of the Gospel, and hath gifts and abilities to preach them to others:

to him shall be given; more knowledge, and by using his gifts they shall be increased:

but he that hath not; true, solid, spiritual knowledge of divine things, though he has had considerable advantages and opportunities of learning it, as the apostles especially had:

from him shall be taken, even that which he seemeth to have; or "that which he thinks he has", as the Syriac version renders it; that which he seemed to others to have, or thought himself he had: the knowledge he had of truth, and which was rather a show of knowledge than real, shall be taken from him; his seeming gifts and parts shall die, and vanish away, and he shall be left to fall into ignorance, error, and heresy. Observe that this is to be understood not of internal grace, and experimental knowledge, but of speculative notions of the Gospel, and of external gifts; and so furnishes out no argument against the final perseverance of real saints; See Gill on Matthew 13:12. See Gill on Matthew 25:29.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. how ye—in Mr 4:24, "what ye hear." The one implies the other. The precept is very weighty.

seemeth to have—or, "thinketh that he hath" (Margin). The "having" of Mt 13:12 (on which see), and this "thinking he hath," are not different. Hanging loosely on him, and not appropriated, it is and is not his.

Luke 8:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lesson of the Lamp
17"For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light. 18"So take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him."
Cross References
Matthew 13:12
Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.

Matthew 25:29
For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.

Mark 4:25
Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them."

Luke 19:26
"He replied, 'I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away.

1 Corinthians 3:18
Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become "fools" so that you may become wise.
Treasury of Scripture

Take heed therefore how you hear: for whoever has, to him shall be given; and whoever has not, from him shall be taken even that which he seems to have.

heed.

Luke 9:44 Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall …

Deuteronomy 32:46,47 And he said to them, Set your hearts to all the words which I testify …

Proverbs 2:2-5 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding…

Mark 4:23,24 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear…

Mark 13:14 But when you shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by …

Acts 10:33 Immediately therefore I sent to you; and you have well done that …

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received …

Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which …

James 1:19-25 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to …

1 Peter 2:1,2 Why laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and …

for.

Luke 19:26 For I say to you, That to every one which has shall be given; and …

Matthew 13:12 For whoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: …

Matthew 25:29 For to every one that has shall be given, and he shall have abundance…

Mark 4:25 For he that has, to him shall be given: and he that has not, from …

John 15:2 Every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away: and every …

from.

Luke 12:20,21 But God said to him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required …

Luke 16:2-4,19-25 And he called him, and said to him, How is it that I hear this of …

Matthew 7:22,23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied …

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not …

seemeth to have. or, thinketh that he hath.

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof are …

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to every man that is among …

1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise …

1 Corinthians 8:2 And if any man think that he knows any thing, he knows nothing yet …

1 Corinthians 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual…

Philippians 3:4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man …

James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, …

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