Mark 4:11
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New International Version
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

New Living Translation
He replied, "You are permitted to understand the secret of the Kingdom of God. But I use parables for everything I say to outsiders,

English Standard Version
And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables,

New American Standard Bible
And 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,

King James Bible
And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He answered them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to those outside, everything comes in parables

International Standard Version
He told them, "The secret about the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside, everything comes in parables

NET Bible
He said to them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those outside, everything is in parables,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua said to them, “It has been given to you to know the secrets of the Kingdom of God, but to outsiders, everything has been in parables,”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus replied to them, "The mystery about the kingdom of God has been given [directly] to you. To those on the outside, it is given in stories:

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but unto those that are without, all these things are done in parables,

King James 2000 Bible
And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are outside, all these things are done in parables:

American King James Version
And he said to them, To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

American Standard Version
And he said unto them, Unto you is given the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all things are done in parables:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to them: To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to them that are without, all things are done in parables:

Darby Bible Translation
And he said to them, To you is given [to know] the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to them who are without, all things are done in parables,

English Revised Version
And he said unto them, Unto you is given the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all things are done in parables:

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to them, To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

Weymouth New Testament
"To you," He replied, "has been entrusted the secret truth concerning the Kingdom of God; but to those others outside your number all this is spoken in figurative language;

World English Bible
He said to them, "To you is given the mystery of the Kingdom of God, but to those who are outside, all things are done in parables,

Young's Literal Translation
and he said to them, 'To you it hath been given to know the secret of the reign of God, but to those who are without, in similes are all the things done;
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

Verses 11, 12. - To know the mystery. The Greek verb γνῶναι, to know, is not found in the best manuscripts, in which the words are (ὑμῖν τὸ μυστὴριον δέδοται), unto you is given the mystery of the kingdom of God. Our Lord here explains why he spake to the mixed multitude in parables; namely, because most of them were as yet incapable of receiving the gospel: some would not believe it, others reviled it. Therefore our Lord here encourages his own disciples to search out his words spoken in parables, and humbly to inquire into their full meaning, that so they might become able ministers and efficient preachers of the gospel. Moreover, by this he shows that this efficiency cannot be obtained by our own strength, but must be humbly sought for from God. For it is his own gift which he bestows on the disciples of Christ, and denies to others, whom he leaves to the blindness of their own hearts. It is as though he said, "To you, my disciples, my apostles, it is given, since you believe in me as the Messiah, to have continually more clear revelations from me of the mysteries of God and of heaven, by which you shall day by day increase in the knowledge and love of him. But from the scribes and others, because they will not believe in me as their own Messiah, God will take away even that small knowledge which they have of him and of his kingdom. Yea, he will deprive them of all the special privileges which they have hitherto possessed." But the words are not limited in their application to those who were living on the earth when Christ sojourned here. He says to all in every age who come within the reach of his gospel, "Those who come to me with a sincere heart and a simple desire to know the truth, as you, my apostles, are doing, to them I will reveal the mysteries of my kingdom, and I will help them onwards in the path of holiness, by which they may at length attain to the heavenly kingdom. But they who have not this pure desire of truth, but indulge their own lusts and errors, from them that little knowledge of God and of Divine things will by degrees be taken away, and they will become altogether blind." Observe the expression (ἐκείνοις δὲ τοῖς ἔξω), but unto them that are without. There were then, just as there are now, those who were outside the realm of spiritual things; not caring for, not understanding, not desirous of spiritual truth. Lest at any time they should be converted (μήποτε ἐπιστρέψωσι) - lest haply they should turn again (the verb is active) and their sins should be forgiven them. According to the best reading, τὰ ἁμαρτήματα is omitted; so it runs, and it should be forgiven them. The use of the active verb brings out the sinner's responsibility with respect to his own conversion.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he said unto them,.... His disciples;

unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; or the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, the secrets of the Gospel dispensation, the mysterious doctrines of grace; See Gill on Matthew 13:11,

but unto them that are without; "to strangers", as the Syriac and Arabic versions render it, who were not the disciples of Christ, nor admitted to any intimacy with him; who came only to amuse themselves with the sight of his person and miracles:

all these things are done in parables; are wrapped up in dark sayings, and figurative expressions, the sound of which they heard, and might be pleased with the pretty similes made use of, but understood not the spiritual meaning of them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11, 12. And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them, &c.—See on [1424]Mt 13:10-17.

Mark 4:11 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, 12so that WHILE SEEING, THEY MAY SEE AND NOT PERCEIVE, AND WHILE HEARING, THEY MAY HEAR AND NOT UNDERSTAND, OTHERWISE THEY MIGHT RETURN AND BE FORGIVEN."
Cross References
Mark 3:23
So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: "How can Satan drive out Satan?

Mark 4:2
He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said:

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

1 Corinthians 5:12
What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?

Colossians 4:5
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.

1 Thessalonians 4:12
so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

1 Timothy 3:7
He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.
Treasury of Scripture

And he said to them, To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

Unto you.

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord …

Matthew 13:11,12,16 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know …

Matthew 16:17 And Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: …

Luke 8:10 And he said, To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom …

Luke 10:21-24 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank you, O Father, …

1 Corinthians 4:7 For who makes you to differ from another? and what have you that …

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined …

Ephesians 1:9 Having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his …

Ephesians 2:4-10 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us…

Titus 3:3-7 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, …

James 1:16-18 Do not err, my beloved brothers…

1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, …

them.

1 Corinthians 5:12,13 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not …

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

1 Thessalonians 4:12 That you may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that …

1 Timothy 3:7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest …

all these.

Matthew 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; …

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