New International Version
Again he said, "What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it?
King James Bible
And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?
Darby Bible Translation
And he said, How should we liken the kingdom of God, or with what comparison should we compare it?
World English Bible
He said, "How will we liken the Kingdom of God? Or with what parable will we illustrate it?
Young's Literal Translation
And he said, 'To what may we liken the reign of God, or in what simile may we compare it?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? - How amiable is this carefulness of Jesus! How instructive to the preachers of his word! He is not solicitous to seek fine turns of eloquence to charm the minds of his auditors, nor to draw such descriptions and comparisons as may surprise them: but studies only to make himself understood; to instruct to advantage; to give true ideas of faith and holiness; and to find out such expressions as may render necessary truths easy and intelligible to the meanest capacities. The very wisdom of God seems to be at a loss to find out expressions low enough for the slow apprehensions of men.
How dull and stupid is the creature! How wise and good the Creator! And how foolish the preacher who uses fine and hard words in his preaching, which, though admired by the shallow, convey no instruction to the multitude.
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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
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On Earthly Things
Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.
He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.
Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches."
It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth.
Then Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to?
It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches."
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