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

New Living Translation
He taught them by telling many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:

English Standard Version
And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them:

Berean Study Bible
and He taught them many things in parables. And in His teaching He said,

Berean Literal Bible
And He began teaching them many things in parables, and in His teaching He was saying to them,

New American Standard Bible
And He was teaching them many things in parables, and was saying to them in His teaching,

King James Bible
And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He taught them many things in parables, and in His teaching He said to them:

International Standard Version
He began teaching them many things in parables. While he was teaching them he said,

NET Bible
He taught them many things in parables, and in his teaching said to them:

New Heart English Bible
And then he taught them many things in parables, and told them in his teaching,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He was teaching them in many parables, and he said in his teaching:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He used stories as illustrations to teach them many things. While he was teaching them, he said,

New American Standard 1977
And He was teaching them many things in parables, and was saying to them in His teaching,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he taught them many things by parables and said unto them in his doctrine,

King James 2000 Bible
And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his teaching,

American King James Version
And he taught them many things by parables, and said to them in his doctrine,

American Standard Version
And he taught them many things in parables, and said unto them in his teaching,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he taught them many things in parables, and said unto them in his doctrine:

Darby Bible Translation
And he taught them many things in parables. And he said to them in his doctrine,

English Revised Version
And he taught them many things in parables, and said unto them in his teaching,

Webster's Bible Translation
And he taught them many things by parables, and said to them in his doctrine,

Weymouth New Testament
Then He proceeded to teach them many lessons in figurative language; and in His teaching He said,

World English Bible
He taught them many things in parables, and told them in his teaching,

Young's Literal Translation
and he taught them many things in similes, and he said to them in his teaching:
Study Bible
The Parable of the Sower
1Once again, Jesus began to teach beside the sea, and such a large crowd gathered around Him that He got into a boat and sat in it. All the people crowded along the shore, 2and He taught them many things in parables. And in His teaching He said, 3“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:3
And He told them many things in parables, saying, "A farmer went out to sow his seed.

Mark 3:23
So Jesus called them together and began to speak to them in parables: "How can Satan drive out Satan?

Mark 4:3
"Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.

Mark 4:11
And He told them, "The mystery of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to those on the outside, everything is expressed in parables,

Mark 10:1
Then Jesus left that place and went into the region of Judea, beyond the Jordan. Again the crowds came to Him and He taught them, as was His custom.

Mark 12:1
Then Jesus began to speak to them in parables: "A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a wine vat, and built a watchtower. Then he rented it out to some tenants and went away on a journey.
Treasury of Scripture

And he taught them many things by parables, and said to them in his doctrine,

by parables.

Mark 4:11,34 And he said to them, To you it is given to know the mystery of the …

Mark 3:23 And he called them to him, and said to them in parables, How can …

Psalm 49:4 I will incline my ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying on the harp.

Psalm 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Matthew 13:3,10,34,35 And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower …

in his.

Mark 12:38 And he said to them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which …

Matthew 7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people …

John 7:16,17 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me…

John 18:19 The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.

(2) In his doctrine.--Better, in His teaching.

Verse 2. - He taught them many things in parables. This was a new system of teaching. For some months he had taught directly. But as he found that this direct teaching was met in some quarters with unbelief and scorn, he abandoned it for the less direct method of the parable. The parable (παραβολή) is etymologically the setting forth of one thing by the side of another, so that the one may be compared with the other. The parable is the truth presented by a similitude. It differs from the proverb inasmuch as it is necessarily figurative. The proverb may be figurative, but it need not of necessity be figurative. The parable is often an expanded proverb, and the proverb a condensed parable. There is but one Hebrew word for the two English words "parable" and "proverb," which may account for their being frequently interchanged. The proverb (Latin) is a common sentiment generally accepted. The parable (Greek) is something put by the side of something else. Theologically, it is something in the world of nature which finds its counterpart in the world of spirit. The parable attracts attention, and so becomes valuable as a test of character. It reveals the seekers after truth, those who love the light. It withdraws the light from those who love darkness. And said unto them in his doctrine (ἐν τῇ διδαχῇ αὐτοῦ); literally, in his teaching, namely, that particular mode of teaching which he bad just introduced; "he taught them" (ἐδίδασκεν). He said, "in his teaching" (ἐν τῇ διδαχῇ αὐτοῦ). And he taught them many things by parables,.... As he sat in the ship, and they stood on shore;

and said unto them in his doctrine; as he was teaching them, and delivering unto them the doctrine he had received from his Father: though the Jews say (c), that

"the Israelites will have no need , "of the doctrine of the king Messiah, in the time to come"; because it is said, "unto him shall the Gentiles seek", and not the Israelites.''

But it appears from hence, and many other places, that the Israelites both stood in need of his doctrine, and sought after it; and very excellent it was; the doctrine of God, and of the grace of God; and was spoken with authority, and in such a manner as never man spake, and which he delivered to his apostles; and which, if ministers bring not with them, should not be bid God speed.

(c) Bereshit Rabba, sect 98. fol. 85. 3.2. And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine—or "teaching."

Parable of the Sower (Mr 4:3-9, 13-20).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.
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