Mark 4:10
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New International Version
When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables.

King James Bible
And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.

Darby Bible Translation
And when he was alone, those about him with the twelve asked him [as to] the parables.

World English Bible
When he was alone, those who were around him with the twelve asked him about the parables.

Young's Literal Translation
And when he was alone, those about him, with the twelve, did ask him of the simile,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

They that were about him - None of the other evangelists intimate that there were any besides the twelve with him: but it appears there were several others present; and though they were not styled disciples, yet they appear to have seriously attended to his public and private instructions.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Mark 4:34 But without a parable spoke he not to them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.

Mark 7:17 And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable.

Proverbs 13:20 He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Matthew 13:10 And the disciples came, and said to him, Why speak you to them in parables?


Matthew 13:36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came to him, saying...

Luke 8:9 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?


October 1 Evening
Grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.--EPH. 4:15. First the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.--Till we all come to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. They measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he that commendeth himself is approved,
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

Four Soils for one Seed
'And when He was alone, they that were about Him with the twelve asked of Him the parable. 11. 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: 12. That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. 13. And He said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Of Avoiding Heresies and Superstitions, and what is the Only True Catholic Church.
But since many heresies have existed, and the people of God have been rent into divisions at the instigation of demons, the truth must be briefly marked out by us, and placed in its own peculiar dwelling-place, that if any one shall desire to draw the water of life, he may not be borne to broken cisterns [898] which hold no water, but may know the abundant fountain of God, watered by which he may enjoy perpetual light. Before all things, it is befitting that we should know both that He Himself and
Lactantius—The divine institutes

On Earthly Things
The earth is man himself; in the gospel: another has fallen into the good earth. The same in a bad part about the sinner: you devour the earth all the days of your life. [Mark 4:18; Genesis 3:14] The dry lands are the flesh of a fruitless man; in Ecclesiastes, to work in a dry land with evil and sorrow. [Ecclesiastes 37:3] The dust is a sinner or the vanity of the flesh; in the psalm: like the dust, which the wind blows about. [Ps. 1:4 Vulgate] The mud is the gluttony of sinners; in the psalm: tear
St. Eucherius of Lyons—The Formulae of St. Eucherius of Lyons

Cross References
Matthew 13:3
Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed.

Mark 4:9
Then Jesus said, "Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear."

Mark 4:11
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

Luke 8:9
His disciples asked him what this parable meant.

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