New American Standard Bible
and He did not speak to them without a parable; but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples.
King James Bible
But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
Darby Bible Translation
but without a parable spoke he not to them; and in private he explained all things to his disciples.
World English Bible
Without a parable he didn't speak to them; but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.
Young's Literal Translation
and without a simile he was not speaking to them, and by themselves, to his disciples he was expounding all.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Without a parable spake he not unto them - That is, the things pertaining to his kingdom. On other subjects he spake without parables. On these, such was their prejudice, so many notions had they contrary to the nature of his kingdom, and so liable would plain instructions have been to give offence, that he employed this method to "insinuate" truth gradually into their minds, and to prepare them fully to understand the nature of his kingdom.
They were alone - His disciples.
He expounded - Explained. Showed them more at length the spiritual meaning of the parables.
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
All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable.
With many such parables He was speaking the word to them, so far as they were able to hear it;
Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.
This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them.
"These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father.
When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening.
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