Mark 4:13
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New International Version
Then Jesus said to them, "Don't you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?

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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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Know ye not this parable? - The scope and design of which is so very obvious.

How then will ye know all parables? - Of which mode of teaching ye should be perfect masters, in order that ye may be able successfully to teach others. This verse is not found in any of the other evangelists.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Mark 7:17,18 And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable...

Matthew 13:51,52 Jesus said to them, Have you understood all these things? They say to him, Yes, Lord...

Matthew 15:15-17 Then answered Peter and said to him, Declare to us this parable...

Matthew 16:8,9 Which when Jesus perceived, he said to them, O you of little faith, why reason you among yourselves, because you have brought no bread...

Luke 24:25 Then he said to them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

1 Corinthians 3:1,2 And I, brothers, could not speak to you as to spiritual, but as to carnal, even as to babes in Christ...

Hebrews 5:11-14 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing you are dull of hearing...

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

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.

Matthew 13:18
"Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:

Mark 4:14
The farmer sows the word.

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

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