Luke 8:9
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New International Version
His disciples asked him what this parable meant.

New Living Translation
His disciples asked him what this parable meant.

English Standard Version
And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant,

New American Standard Bible
His disciples began questioning Him as to what this parable meant.

King James Bible
And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then His disciples asked Him, "What does this parable mean?"

International Standard Version
Then his disciples began to ask him what this parable meant.

NET Bible
Then his disciples asked him what this parable meant.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And his disciples asked him, “What is this parable?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
His disciples asked him what this story meant.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?

King James 2000 Bible
And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?

American King James Version
And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?

American Standard Version
And his disciples asked him what this parable might be.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And his disciples asked him what this parable might be.

Darby Bible Translation
And his disciples asked him [saying], What may this parable be?

English Revised Version
And his disciples asked him what this parable might be.

Webster's Bible Translation
And his disciples asked him, saying, What doth this parable mean?

Weymouth New Testament
The disciples proceeded to ask Him what this parable meant.

World English Bible
Then his disciples asked him, "What does this parable mean?"

Young's Literal Translation
And his disciples were questioning him, saying, 'What may this simile be?'
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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 9. - And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be! This is the only parable St. Luke gives as spoken by our Lord in this place. St. Matthew - who gives the additional detail that on account of the pressure of the crowd on the lake-shore it was spoken from a boat moored close to the bank - relates seven parables here in sequence. It is probable that the Master spoke some of these at least on this occasion, but St. Luke, possibly on account of its extreme solemnity, possibly because he wished to mark this parable as the first of this new kind of teaching, relates it and its interpretation only, saying nothing further respecting that day's parable-teaching. It is most probable that all these reported discourses, parables, expositions, or sermons, are simply a resume of the original words. The disciples evidently by their question - which St. Mark tells us was put to Jesus when they were alone with him - were surprised and puzzled, first at the strange change which that eventful day inaugurated in the method of their Master's teaching, and secondly, at the peculiar character of this his first great parable-lesson. It was, indeed, a sombre and depressing announcement whatever way it was looked at - sombre as a picture of the results of his own past ministry, depressing if regarded as a prophecy of their future success as teachers.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And his disciples asked him,.... That is, as Mark says, "when he was alone"; after the multitude were departed, and they were by themselves, it may be in some house with other disciples:

saying, what might this parable be? what is the sense and meaning of it? According to Matthew, they asked why he spake in parables to the people; and to such a question the following words are a proper answer.



Luke 8:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Sower
8"Other seed fell into the good soil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great." As He said these things, He would call out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." 9His disciples began questioning Him as to what this parable meant. 10And He said, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:10
The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"

Mark 4:10
When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables.
Treasury of Scripture

And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?

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Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth …

Matthew 13:10,18,36 And the disciples came, and said to him, Why speak you to them in parables…

Matthew 15:15 Then answered Peter and said to him, Declare to us this parable.

Mark 4:10,34 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked …

Mark 7:17,18 And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples …

John 15:15 From now on I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what …

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