Mark 4:33
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New International Version
With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand.

New Living Translation
Jesus used many similar stories and illustrations to teach the people as much as they could understand.

English Standard Version
With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it.

Berean Study Bible
With many such parables Jesus spoke the word to them, to the extent that they could understand.

Berean Literal Bible
And with many such parables He kept speaking the word to them, as they were able to hear,

New American Standard Bible
With many such parables He was speaking the word to them, so far as they were able to hear it;

King James Bible
And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He would speak the word to them with many parables like these, as they were able to understand.

International Standard Version
With many other parables like these, Jesus kept speaking his message to them according to their ability to understand.

NET Bible
So with many parables like these, he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear.

New Heart English Bible
And with many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua was speaking parables like these with them, parables such as they were able to hear.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus spoke [God's] word to them using many illustrations like these. In this way people could understand what he taught.

New American Standard 1977
And with many such parables He was speaking the word to them as they were able to hear it;

Jubilee Bible 2000
And with many such parables he spoke the word unto them as they were able to hear it.

King James 2000 Bible
And with many such parables he spoke the word unto them, as they were able to hear it.

American King James Version
And with many such parables spoke he the word to them, as they were able to hear it.

American Standard Version
And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And with many such parables, he spoke to them the word, according as they were able to hear.

Darby Bible Translation
And with many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear,

English Revised Version
And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it:

Webster's Bible Translation
And with many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it.

Weymouth New Testament
With many such parables He used to speak the Message to them according to their capacity for receiving it.

World English Bible
With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it.

Young's Literal Translation
And with many such similes he was speaking to them the word, as they were able to hear,
Study Bible
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
32But after it is planted, it grows to be larger than all garden plants and puts forth great branches, so that the birds of the air nest in its shade.” 33With many such parables Jesus spoke the word to them, to the extent that they could understand. 34He did not say anything to them without a parable. But privately He explained all things to His own disciples.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:3
And He told them many things in parables, saying, "A farmer went out to sow his seed.

Mark 4:32
But after it is planted, it grows to be larger than all garden plants and puts forth great branches, so that the birds of the air nest in its shade."

Mark 4:34
He did not say anything to them without a parable. But privately He explained all things to His own disciples.
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And with many such parables spoke he the word to them, as they were able to hear it.

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(33-34) And with many such parables.--See Notes on Matthew 13:34-35. St. Mark's omission of the reference to Psalm 78:2, and his addition of "as they were able to hear it," are, each of them, characteristic. It may be noted that the "many such parables" of St. Mark imply something like the series which we find in St. Matthew.

Verses 33, 34. - With many such parables; such, that is, as he had just been delivering - plain and simple illustrations which all might understand; not abstruse and difficult similitudes, but sufficiently plain for them to perceive that there was heavenly and Divine truth lying hidden beneath them, so that they might be drawn onwards through that which they did understand, to search into something hidden beneath it, which at present they did not know. But privately to his own disciples he expounded (ἐπέλυε) all things. This word (ἐπιλύω) occurs nowhere else in the Gospels. But it does occur in St. Peter's second Epistle (2 Peter 1:20), "No Scripture is of any private (ἐπιλύσεως) exposition, or interpretation." This suggests a connection between St. Mark's Gospel and that Epistle, and may be accepted as an auxiliary evidence, however small, as to the genuineness of the Epistle. And with many such parables,.... As those of the tares, of the leaven in three measures of meal, of the treasure hid in the field, the pearl of great price, the net cast into the sea, and of the Scribe instructed unto the kingdom of God; which though not related at length here, are by the Evangelist Matthew, in Matthew 13:24 together with others elsewhere:

spake he the word unto them; preached the Gospel to the multitude,

as they were able to hear it: meaning either that he condescended to their weakness, accommodated himself to their capacities, and made use of the plainest similes; and took his comparison from things in nature, the most known and obvious, that what he intended might more easily be understood; or rather, he spoke the word to them in parables, as they were able to hear, without understanding them; and in such a manner, on purpose that they might not understand; for had he more clearly expressed the things relating to himself, as the Messiah, and to the Gospel dispensation, so as that they could have took in his meaning, such were their pride, their wickedness, and the rancour of their minds, that they would have at once rose up, and attempted to have destroyed him. 33. And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it—Had this been said in the corresponding passage of Matthew, we should have concluded that what that Evangelist recorded was but a specimen of other parables spoken on the same occasion. But Matthew (Mt 13:34) says, "All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables"; and as Mark records only some of the parables which Matthew gives, we are warranted to infer that the "many such parables" alluded to here mean no more than the full complement of them which we find in Matthew.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!
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