Mark 4:13
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New Living Translation
Then Jesus said to them, "If you can't understand the meaning of this parable, how will you understand all the other 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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Wesley's Notes on the Bible

4:13 Know ye not this parable? - Which is as it were the foundation of all those that I shall speak hereafter; and is so easy to be understood?

Mark 4:13 Parallel Commentaries

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"Peace, be Still"
It had been an eventful day in the life of Jesus. Beside the Sea of Galilee He had spoken His first parables, by familiar illustrations again explaining to the people the nature of His kingdom and the manner in which it was to be established. He had likened His own work to that of the sower; the development of His kingdom to the growth of the mustard seed and the effect of leaven in the measure of meal. The great final separation of the righteous and the wicked He had pictured in the parables of
Ellen Gould White—The Desire of Ages

The First Great Group of Parables.
(Beside the Sea of Galilee.) Subdivision C. Parable of the Seed Growing Itself. ^B Mark IV. 26-29. ^b 26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed upon the earth; 27 and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he knoweth not how. [In the kingdom of grace, as well as in the kingdom of nature, we are laborers together with God. As preachers, teachers, or friends we sow the seed of the kingdom and God brings it to perfection (I. Cor. iii.
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

The Seed Growing Secretly.
"And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come."--MARK iv. 26-29. This is the only parable that is peculiar to Mark. The subjects contained in
William Arnot—The Parables of Our Lord

Ancient Versions of the Old Testament.
In the present chapter only those versions of the Old Testament are noticed which were made independently of the New. Versions of the whole Bible, made in the interest of Christianity, are considered in the following part. I. THE GREEK VERSION CALLED THE SEPTUAGINT. 1. This is worthy of special notice as the oldest existing version of the holy Scriptures, or any part of them, in any language; and also as the version which exerted a very large influence on the language and style of the New Testament;
E. P. Barrows—Companion to the Bible

Cross References
Matthew 13:3
He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one: "Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds.

Matthew 13:18
"Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds:

Mark 4:14
The farmer plants seed by taking God's word to others.

Luke 8:11
"This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God's word.

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