Mark 4:11
New International Version
He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables

New Living Translation
He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secret of the Kingdom of God. But I use parables for everything I say to outsiders,

English Standard Version
And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables,

Berean Study Bible
He replied, “The mystery of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to those on the outside everything is expressed in parables,

Berean Literal Bible
And He was saying to them, "To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but to those who are outside, everything is done in parables,

King James Bible
And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

New King James Version
And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables,

New American Standard Bible
And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but for those who are outside, everything comes in parables,

NASB 1995
And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables,

NASB 1977
And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God; but those who are outside get everything in parables,

Amplified Bible
He said to them, “The mystery of the kingdom of God has been given to you [who have teachable hearts], but those who are outside [the unbelievers, the spiritually blind] get everything in parables,

Christian Standard Bible
He answered them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to those outside, everything comes in parables

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He answered them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to those outside, everything comes in parables

American Standard Version
And he said unto them, Unto you is given the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all things are done in parables:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua said to them, “It has been given to you to know the secrets of the Kingdom of God, but to outsiders, everything has been in parables,”

Contemporary English Version
He answered: I have explained the secret about God's kingdom to you, but for others I can use only stories.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to them: To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to them that are without, all things are done in parables:

English Revised Version
And he said unto them, Unto you is given the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all things are done in parables:

Good News Translation
"You have been given the secret of the Kingdom of God," Jesus answered. "But the others, who are on the outside, hear all things by means of parables,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus replied to them, "The mystery about the kingdom of God has been given [directly] to you. To those on the outside, it is given in stories:

International Standard Version
He told them, "The secret about the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside, everything comes in parables

Literal Standard Version
and He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the secret of the Kingdom of God, but to those who are outside, in allegories are all the things done,

NET Bible
He said to them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those outside, everything is in parables,

New Heart English Bible
And he said to them, "To you has been given the mystery of the Kingdom of God, but to those who are outside, all things are done in parables,

Weymouth New Testament
"To you," He replied, "has been entrusted the secret truth concerning the Kingdom of God; but to those others outside your number all this is spoken in figurative language;

World English Bible
He said to them, "To you is given the mystery of the Kingdom of God, but to those who are outside, all things are done in parables,

Young's Literal Translation
and he said to them, 'To you it hath been given to know the secret of the reign of God, but to those who are without, in similes are all the things done;

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Purpose of Jesus' Parables
10As soon as Jesus was alone with the Twelve and those around Him, they asked Him about the parable. 11 He replied, “The mystery of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to those on the outside everything is expressed in parables, 12so that, ‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven.’ ”…

Cross References
Mark 3:23
So Jesus called them together and began to speak to them in parables: "How can Satan drive out Satan?

Mark 4:2
And He taught them many things in parables, and in His teaching He said,

Mark 4:10
As soon as Jesus was alone with the Twelve and those around Him, they asked Him about the parable.

1 Corinthians 5:12
What business of mine is it to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?

Colossians 4:5
Act wisely toward outsiders, redeeming the time.

1 Thessalonians 4:12
Then you will behave properly toward outsiders, without being dependent on anyone.

1 Timothy 3:7
Furthermore, he must have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the snare of the devil.


Treasury of Scripture

And he said to them, To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

Unto you.

Matthew 11:25
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

Matthew 13:11,12,16
He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given…

Matthew 16:17
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

them.

1 Corinthians 5:12,13
For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? …

Colossians 4:5
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

1 Thessalonians 4:12
That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

all these.

Matthew 13:13
Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.









(11) Unto them that are without.--The form of the phrase is peculiar to St. Mark; St. Matthew giving, "to them," and St. Luke, "to the rest."

Verses 11, 12. - To know the mystery. The Greek verb γνῶναι, to know, is not found in the best manuscripts, in which the words are (ὑμῖν τὸ μυστὴριον δέδοται), unto you is given the mystery of the kingdom of God. Our Lord here explains why he spake to the mixed multitude in parables; namely, because most of them were as yet incapable of receiving the gospel: some would not believe it, others reviled it. Therefore our Lord here encourages his own disciples to search out his words spoken in parables, and humbly to inquire into their full meaning, that so they might become able ministers and efficient preachers of the gospel. Moreover, by this he shows that this efficiency cannot be obtained by our own strength, but must be humbly sought for from God. For it is his own gift which he bestows on the disciples of Christ, and denies to others, whom he leaves to the blindness of their own hearts. It is as though he said, "To you, my disciples, my apostles, it is given, since you believe in me as the Messiah, to have continually more clear revelations from me of the mysteries of God and of heaven, by which you shall day by day increase in the knowledge and love of him. But from the scribes and others, because they will not believe in me as their own Messiah, God will take away even that small knowledge which they have of him and of his kingdom. Yea, he will deprive them of all the special privileges which they have hitherto possessed." But the words are not limited in their application to those who were living on the earth when Christ sojourned here. He says to all in every age who come within the reach of his gospel, "Those who come to me with a sincere heart and a simple desire to know the truth, as you, my apostles, are doing, to them I will reveal the mysteries of my kingdom, and I will help them onwards in the path of holiness, by which they may at length attain to the heavenly kingdom. But they who have not this pure desire of truth, but indulge their own lusts and errors, from them that little knowledge of God and of Divine things will by degrees be taken away, and they will become altogether blind." Observe the expression (ἐκείνοις δὲ τοῖς ἔξω), but unto them that are without. There were then, just as there are now, those who were outside the realm of spiritual things; not caring for, not understanding, not desirous of spiritual truth. Lest at any time they should be converted (μήποτε ἐπιστρέψωσι) - lest haply they should turn again (the verb is active) and their sins should be forgiven them. According to the best reading, τὰ ἁμαρτήματα is omitted; so it runs, and it should be forgiven them. The use of the active verb brings out the sinner's responsibility with respect to his own conversion.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
And
Καὶ (Kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

He told
ἔλεγεν (elegen)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

them,
αὐτοῖς (autois)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

“The
τὸ (to)
Article - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

mystery
μυστήριον (mystērion)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3466: From a derivative of muo; a secret or 'mystery'.

of the
τῆς (tēs)
Article - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

kingdom
βασιλείας (basileias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 932: From basileus; properly, royalty, i.e. rule, or a realm.

of God
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

has been given
δέδοται (dedotai)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1325: To offer, give; I put, place. A prolonged form of a primary verb; to give.

to you,
Ὑμῖν (Hymin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

but
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

to those
ἐκείνοις (ekeinois)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's 1565: That, that one there, yonder. From ekei; that one (neuter) thing); often intensified by the article prefixed.

on the outside,
ἔξω (exō)
Adverb
Strong's 1854: Without, outside. Adverb from ek; out(-side, of doors), literally or figuratively.

everything
πάντα (panta)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

is expressed
γίνεται (ginetai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

parables,
παραβολαῖς (parabolais)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's 3850: From paraballo; a similitude, i.e. fictitious narrative, apothegm or adage.


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