|New International Version (© 2011)|
Again he said, "What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it?
King James Bible
And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?
American Standard Version
And he said, How shall we liken the kingdom of God? or in what parable shall we set it forth?
Young's Literal Translation
And he said, 'To what may we liken the reign of God, or in what simile may we compare it?
Mark 4:30 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? - How amiable is this carefulness of Jesus! How instructive to the preachers of his word! He is not solicitous to seek fine turns of eloquence to charm the minds of his auditors, nor to draw such descriptions and comparisons as may surprise them: but studies only to make himself understood; to instruct to advantage; to give true ideas of faith and holiness; and to find out such expressions as may render necessary truths easy and intelligible to the meanest capacities. The very wisdom of God seems to be at a loss to find out expressions low enough for the slow apprehensions of men.
How dull and stupid is the creature! How wise and good the Creator! And how foolish the preacher who uses fine and hard words in his preaching, which, though admired by the shallow, convey no instruction to the multitude.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Lamentations 2:13 What thing shall I take to witness for you? what thing shall I liken to you, O daughter of Jerusalem? what shall I equal to you...
Matthew 11:16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like to children sitting in the markets, and calling to their fellows,
Luke 13:18,20,21 Then said he, To what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it...
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Matthew 13:24 Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.
Matthew 13:31 He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.
Matthew 13:32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches."
Mark 4:31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth.
Luke 13:18 Then Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to?
Luke 13:19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches."