New American Standard Bible
And He said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand all the parables?
King James Bible
And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
Darby Bible Translation
And he says to them, Do ye not know this parable? and how will ye be acquainted with all the parables?
World English Bible
He said to them, "Don't you understand this parable? How will you understand all of the parables?
Young's Literal Translation
And he saith to them, 'Have ye not known this simile? and how shall ye know all the similes?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Know ye not this parable? - This which is so plain and obvious.
How then will ye know all parables? - Those which are more difficult and obscure. As they were themselves to be "teachers," it was important that they should be acquainted with the whole system of religion - of much more importance for them at that time than for the mass of the people.
LibraryLamps and Bushels
'And Jesus said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?'--Mark iv. 21. The furniture of a very humble Eastern home is brought before us in this saying. In the original, each of the nouns has the definite article attached to it, and so suggests that in the house there was but one of each article; one lamp, a flat saucer with a wick swimming in oil; one measure for corn and the like; one bed, raised slightly, but sufficiently to admit …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Toiling Christ
Chapter: 4:21-25 Lamp and Stand
And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, "Behold, the sower went out to sow;
"Hear then the parable of the sower.
"The sower sows the word.
"Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.
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