Mark 4:23
If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
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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!There is nothing hid ... - See the notes at Matthew 10:26. 23. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear—This for the second time on the same subject (see on [1429]Mr 4:9). See Poole on "Mark 4:22" If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. What is now delivered, being very momentous and important; see Matthew 11:15. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
Mark 4:23. In Mark 4:9 a summons to try to understand the parable; here a summons to those who have understood, or shall understand, the parable, or the great theme of all the parables, to communicate their knowledge. Fritzsche, after Theophy. and Grot., thinks that in Mark 4:21-22, Jesus exhorts His disciples to the culture of piety or virtue, not to the diffusion of their light, giving, as a reason, that the latter would be inconsistent with the professed aim of the parables to prevent enlightenment!Mark 4:23. Εἴ τις, if any man) Therefore it is not every one that hath them.
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