Mark 4:10
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New International Version
When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables.

New Living Translation
Later, when Jesus was alone with the twelve disciples and with the others who were gathered around, they asked him what the parables meant.

English Standard Version
And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables.

New American Standard Bible
As soon as He was alone, His followers, along with the twelve, began asking Him about the parables.

King James Bible
And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When He was alone with the Twelve, those who were around Him asked Him about the parables.

International Standard Version
When he was alone with the Twelve and those around him, they began to ask him about the parables.

NET Bible
When he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But when they were by themselves, those twelve who were with him inquired of him about that parable.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When he was alone with his followers and the twelve apostles, they asked him about the stories.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when he was alone, those that were close to him with the twelve asked of him the parable.

King James 2000 Bible
And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.

American King James Version
And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.

American Standard Version
And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parables.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he was alone, the twelve that were with him asked him the parable.

Darby Bible Translation
And when he was alone, those about him with the twelve asked him [as to] the parables.

English Revised Version
And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parables.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when he was alone, they that were about him, with the twelve, asked of him the parable.

Weymouth New Testament
When He was alone, the Twelve and the others who were about Him requested Him to explain His figurative language.

World English Bible
When he was alone, those who were around him with the twelve asked him about the parables.

Young's Literal Translation
And when he was alone, those about him, with the twelve, did ask him of the simile,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:1-20 This parable contained instruction so important, that all capable of hearing were bound to attend to it. There are many things we are concerned to know; and if we understand not the plain truths of the gospel, how shall we learn those more difficult! It will help us to value the privileges we enjoy as disciples of Christ, if we seriously consider the deplorable state of all who have not such privileges. In the great field of the church, the word of God is dispensed to all. Of the many that hear the word of the gospel, but few receive it, so as to bring forth fruit. Many are much affected with the word for the present, who yet receive no abiding benefit. The word does not leave abiding impressions upon the minds of men, because their hearts are not duly disposed to receive it. The devil is very busy about careless hearers, as the fowls of the air go about the seed that lies above ground. Many continue in a barren, false profession, and go down to hell. Impressions that are not deep, will not last. Many do not mind heart-work, without which religion is nothing. Others are hindered from profiting by the word of God, by abundance of the world. And those who have but little of the world, may yet be ruined by indulging the body. God expects and requires fruit from those who enjoy the gospel, a temper of mind and Christian graces daily exercised, Christian duties duly performed. Let us look to the Lord, that by his new-creating grace our hearts may become good ground, and that the good seed of the word may produce in our lives those good words and works which are through Jesus Christ, to the praise and glory of God the Father.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - When he was alone. These words do not appear in St. Matthew's account. He simply says that " the disciples came and said unto him." This must have been upon some other occasion. It could not have been when be was preaching from the boat; for St. Mark says, they that were about him with the twelve. He is the only evangelist who notices this. We must not forget that, besides the twelve, there were seventy other disciples. They asked of him the parables (τὰς παραβολάς), according to the best reading. The inquiry was a general one, although St. Mark here gives the explanation of one only.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And when he was alone,.... After the multitude was dismissed, and he either remained in the ship, or left it, and retired to some private place, it may be to Simon's house in Capernaum. The Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic versions read, "when they were alone"; meaning as follows,

they that were about him with the twelve; that is, such disciples of his, who, besides the twelve, constantly attended him; perhaps those who now were, or hereafter were the seventy disciples. The Vulgate Latin reads, "the twelve that were with him". In Beza's most ancient copy it is read, "his disciples"; and to this agrees the Persic version; and so the other evangelists, Matthew and Luke, relate, that his disciples came and

asked of him the parable; the meaning of it, and why he chose this way of speaking to the people, Matthew 13:10, though that word may include others besides the twelve.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve—probably those who followed Him most closely and were firmest in discipleship, next to the Twelve.

asked of him the parable—The reply would seem to intimate that this parable of the sower was of that fundamental, comprehensive, and introductory character which we have assigned to it (see on [1423]Mt 13:1).

Reason for Teaching in Parables (Mr 4:11, 12, 21-25).

Mark 4:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Purpose of Jesus' Parables
10As soon as He was alone, His followers, along with the twelve, began asking Him about the parables. 11And He was saying to them, "To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables,…
Cross References
Matthew 13:3
Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed.

Mark 4:9
Then Jesus said, "Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear."

Mark 4:11
He told them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables

Luke 8:9
His disciples asked him what this parable meant.
Treasury of Scripture

And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.

Mark 4:34 But without a parable spoke he not to them: and when they were alone, …

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

Proverbs 13:20 He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools …

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

Matthew 13:36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and …

Luke 8:9 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?

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