Matthew 13:34
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New International Version
Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.

New Living Translation
Jesus always used stories and illustrations like these when speaking to the crowds. In fact, he never spoke to them without using such parables.

English Standard Version
All these things Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, he said nothing to them without a parable.

New American Standard Bible
All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable.

King James Bible
All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables, and He would not speak anything to them without a parable,

International Standard Version
Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables. He did not tell them anything without using a parable.

NET Bible
Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the crowds; he did not speak to them without a parable.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua spoke all these things in parables to the crowds and without a parable he was not speaking with them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus used illustrations to tell the crowds all these things. He did not tell them anything without illustrating it with a story.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Jesus spoke all these things unto the multitude in parables and said nothing unto them without parables

King James 2000 Bible
All these things spoke Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spoke he not unto them:

American King James Version
All these things spoke Jesus to the multitude in parables; and without a parable spoke he not to them:

American Standard Version
All these things spake Jesus in parables unto the multitudes; and without a parable spake he nothing unto them:

Douay-Rheims Bible
All these things Jesus spoke in parables to the multitudes: and without parables he did not speak to them.

Darby Bible Translation
All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and without a parable he did not speak to them,

English Revised Version
All these things spake Jesus in parables unto the multitudes; and without a parable spake he nothing unto them:

Webster's Bible Translation
All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable he spoke not to them:

Weymouth New Testament
All this Jesus spoke to the people in figurative language, and except in figurative language He spoke nothing to them,

World English Bible
Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the multitudes; and without a parable, he didn't speak to them,

Young's Literal Translation
All these things spake Jesus in similes to the multitudes, and without a simile he was not speaking to them,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:31-35 The scope of the parable of the seed sown, is to show that the beginnings of the gospel would be small, but its latter end would greatly increase; in this way the work of grace in the heart, the kingdom of God within us, would be carried on. In the soul where grace truly is, it will grow really; though perhaps at first not to be discerned, it will at last come to great strength and usefulness. The preaching of the gospel works like leaven in the hearts of those who receive it. The leaven works certainly, so does the word, yet gradually. It works silently, and without being seen, Mr 4:26-29, yet strongly; without noise, for so is the way of the Spirit, but without fail. Thus it was in the world. The apostles, by preaching the gospel, hid a handful of leaven in the great mass of mankind. It was made powerful by the Spirit of the Lord of hosts, who works, and none can hinder. Thus it is in the heart. When the gospel comes into the soul, it works a thorough change; it spreads itself into all the powers and faculties of the soul, and alters the property even of the members of the body, Ro 6:13. From these parables we are taught to expect a gradual progress; therefore let us inquire, Are we growing in grace? and in holy principles and habits?

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 34, 35. - The parallel passage in Mark 4:33, 34 is as follows: "And with many such parables spoke he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it; and without a parable spoke he not unto them: but privately to his own disciples he expounded all things." The same general idea underlies our present verses, but although each evangelist appears to have used the same words as a basis, he has worked them out in his own characteristic way. For while both writers contrast our Lord's treatment of the multitudes and his treatment of the disciples in the matter of parables, St. Mark barely alludes to his using them as a judicial punishment upon the people, and St. Matthew merely hints here at the fact that Christ explained them to his disciples (see further, ver. 35b, note). It will be noticed that our verses have much in common with the thought of ver. 10, sqq. It seems just possible that both paragraphs had one common nucleus from which they were each developed. But according to existing evidence, ver. 10, sqq., and the parallel passages in Mark and Luke serve to introduce explanatory matter to the disciples, and our present verses with the parallel in Mark to close a series of parables. Verse 34 - All these things (ταῦτα πάντα). All seems to imply that the four preceding parables are but a few typical ones taken from a larger collection (cf. Mark, "with many such parables;" also vers. 3, 51). Spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; in parables unto the multitudes (Revised Version); for the order of the Greek is the same as in the next clause. Observe the "parallelism" of the two clauses (contrast Mark). Is it due to the influence of Hebrew Christians? And without a parable spake he not (nothing, Revised Version, ebony) unto them, As happens often in Semitic writers (cf. St. John's Gospel), the thought of the preceding clause is now expressed negatively, and yet a fresh thought is added, namely, that he spake in parables alone. Nothing (Revised Version); i.e. under these circumstances, when large crowds of Galilaeans were listening to him. Spake (ἐλάλει: contrast ἐλάλησεν before); i.e. during this period.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude,.... In the hearing of his disciples, whilst in the ship, the multitude being on the shore,

in parables; in the four foregoing ones,

and without a parable spake he not unto them: not that he never had preached but in a parabolical way unto them, or that he never did afterwards use any other way of speaking; for it is certain, that both before and after, he delivered himself plainly, and without figures: but the meaning is, that in that sermon, and at that time, he thought fit to make use of no other method, as appears from the many other parables he afterwards delivered; and though he explained the meaning of some of them to his disciples, at their request, yet he dismissed the multitude without any explication of them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

34. All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them—that is, on this occasion; refraining not only from all naked discourse, but even from all interpretation of these parables to the mixed multitude.

Matthew 13:34 Additional Commentaries
Context
I will Open My Mouth in Parables
34All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable. 35This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: "I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD."
Cross References
Matthew 13:3
Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed.

Mark 4:34
He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.

John 10:6
Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.

John 16:25
"Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father.

John 16:29
Then Jesus' disciples said, "Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech.
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All these things spoke Jesus to the multitude in parables; and without a parable spoke he not to them:

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

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