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

New Living Translation
To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them."

English Standard Version
For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

New American Standard Bible
"For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him."

King James Bible
For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For to the one who has, it will be given, and from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away."

International Standard Version
because whoever has something, will have more given to him. But whoever has nothing, even what he has will be taken away."

NET Bible
For whoever has will be given more, but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For whoever has it, it shall be given to him; and whoever does not have it, from him shall be taken even that which he has.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who understand [these mysteries] will be given [more knowledge]. However, some people don't understand [these mysteries]. Even what they understand will be taken away from them."

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he that has, to him shall be given; and he that has not, from him shall be taken even that which he has.

King James 2000 Bible
For he that has, to him shall be given: and he that has not, from him shall be taken even that which he has.

American King James Version
For he that has, to him shall be given: and he that has not, from him shall be taken even that which he has.

American Standard Version
For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he hath.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, that also which he hath shall be taken away from him.

Darby Bible Translation
For whosoever has, to him shall be given; and he who has not, even what he has shall be taken from him.

English Revised Version
For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he hath.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.

Weymouth New Testament
For those who have will have more given them; and from those who have not, even what they have will be taken away."

World English Bible
For whoever has, to him will more be given, and he who doesn't have, even that which he has will be taken away from him."

Young's Literal Translation
for whoever may have, there shall be given to him, and whoever hath not, also that which he hath shall be taken from him.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:21-34 These declarations were intended to call the attention of the disciples to the word of Christ. By his thus instructing them, they were made able to instruct others; as candles are lighted, not to be covered, but to be placed on a candlestick, that they may give light to a room. This parable of the good seed, shows the manner in which the kingdom of God makes progress in the world. Let but the word of Christ have the place it ought to have in a soul, and it will show itself in a good conversation. It grows gradually: first the blade; then the ear; after that the full corn in the ear. When it is sprung up, it will go forward. The work of grace in the soul is, at first, but the day of small things; yet it has mighty products even now, while it is in its growth; but what will there be when it is perfected in heaven!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 25. - For he that hath, to him shall be given. He that uses his gifts, whether of intellect or of goodness, bestowed upon him by God, to him shall be granted an increase of those gifts. But from him who uses them not, God will gradually take them away. Christ here encourages his apostles and disciples to diligent and earnest preaching of his gospel, by promising them in return yet greater influxes of his wisdom and grace.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For he that hath, to him shall be given,.... He that has Gospel light and knowledge, and makes a proper use of it, he shall have more; his path shall be as the path of the just, which shines more and more to the perfect day; the means of grace and knowledge shall be blessed, to him, he attending constantly thereon, that he shall arrive to such a knowledge of the Son of God as to be a perfect man in comparison of others, who are in a lower class; and shall come to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ, shall grow up to maturity, and be a man in understanding: and he that has the truth of grace, though its beginning is but small, yet that making and keeping him humble, as it always does, he shall have more grace, or that he has shall open and enlarge in its actings and exercises; his faith shall grow exceedingly, he shall abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost; and his love to God, and Christ, and to the saints, shall be greater and greater; and he shall increase in humility, patience, self-denial, &c. and so he that has gifts for public usefulness, and does not neglect them, but stirs them up for the profit of others, he shall have an increase of them; he shall shine as a star in Christ's right hand, and appear brighter and brighter in the firmament of the church:

and he that hath not, from him shall be taken, even that which he hath; or seemed to have, or thought he had, Luke 8:18, a saying often used by Christ, both with respect to the ignorant Jews, and professing Christians, and even, as here, to the disciples themselves, respect perhaps being had to Judas. He that has only a speculative notion of the Gospel, and is without any experience and practice of it, in course of time his candle is put out; his light becomes darkness; he drops and denies the truths he held, and relinquishes the profession of them: and he that has only counterfeit grace, a feigned faith, a false hope, and a dissembled love, in due time these will be discovered, and the name of them, and the character he bore, on account of them, will be taken from him: for true grace is never taken away, nor lost; it is a solid, permanent thing, and is inseparable to everlasting glory and happiness: but bare notions of the Gospel, and a mere show of grace, are unstable and transient things; as also are the greatest gifts without the grace of God. Judas had doubtless all the appearance of a true Christian; he had the Gospel committed to him, and the knowledge of it, and gifts qualifying him to preach it, and a commission from Christ for it, yea, even a power of working miracles to confirm what he preached; and yet not having true grace, all was taken away from him, and were of no use unto him in the business of salvation: and so sometimes it is, that even in this life the idle and worthless shepherd has his right arm clean dried up, and his right eye utterly darkened; his ministerial light and abilities are taken away from him; these being either not used at all by him, or used to bad purposes; see Matthew 12:12.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

25. For he that hath, to him shall be given; and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath—or "seemeth to have," or "thinketh he hath." (See on [1431]Mt 13:12). This "having" and "thinking he hath" are not different; for when it hangs loosely upon him, and is not appropriated to its proper ends and uses, it both is and is not his.

Parable of the Seed Growing We Know Not How (Mr 4:26-29).

This beautiful parable is peculiar to Mark. Its design is to teach the Imperceptible Growth of the word sown in the heart, from its earliest stage of development to the ripest fruits of practical righteousness.

Mark 4:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lesson of the Lamp
24And He was saying to them, "Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides. 25"For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what 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 4:26
He also said, "This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.

Luke 8:18
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."

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.
Treasury of Scripture

For he that has, to him shall be given: and he that has not, from him shall be taken even that which he has.

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

Matthew 25:28,29 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it to him which has ten talents…

Luke 8:18 Take heed therefore how you hear: for whoever has, to him shall be …

Luke 16:9-12 And I say to you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; …

Luke 19:24-26 And he said to them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give …

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

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