Mark 4:11
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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,

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:

Darby Bible Translation
And he said to them, To you is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to them who are without, all things are done in parables,

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;

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Wesley's Notes on the Bible

4:11 To them that are without - So the Jews termed the heathens: so our Lord terms all obstinate unbelievers: for they shall not enter into his kingdom: they shall abide in outer darkness.

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"Peace, be Still"
It had been an eventful day in the life of Jesus. Beside the Sea of Galilee He had spoken His first parables, by familiar illustrations again explaining to the people the nature of His kingdom and the manner in which it was to be established. He had likened His own work to that of the sower; the development of His kingdom to the growth of the mustard seed and the effect of leaven in the measure of meal. The great final separation of the righteous and the wicked He had pictured in the parables of
Ellen Gould White—The Desire of Ages

The First Great Group of Parables.
(Beside the Sea of Galilee.) Subdivision C. Parable of the Seed Growing Itself. ^B Mark IV. 26-29. ^b 26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed upon the earth; 27 and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he knoweth not how. [In the kingdom of grace, as well as in the kingdom of nature, we are laborers together with God. As preachers, teachers, or friends we sow the seed of the kingdom and God brings it to perfection (I. Cor. iii.
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

The Seed Growing Secretly.
"And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come."--MARK iv. 26-29. This is the only parable that is peculiar to Mark. The subjects contained in
William Arnot—The Parables of Our Lord

Ancient Versions of the Old Testament.
In the present chapter only those versions of the Old Testament are noticed which were made independently of the New. Versions of the whole Bible, made in the interest of Christianity, are considered in the following part. I. THE GREEK VERSION CALLED THE SEPTUAGINT. 1. This is worthy of special notice as the oldest existing version of the holy Scriptures, or any part of them, in any language; and also as the version which exerted a very large influence on the language and style of the New Testament;
E. P. Barrows—Companion to the Bible

Cross References
Mark 3:23
Jesus called them over and responded with an illustration. "How can Satan cast out Satan?" he asked.

Mark 4:2
He taught them by telling many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:

Mark 4:10
Later, when Jesus was alone with the twelve disciples and with the others who were gathered around, they asked him what the parables meant.

1 Corinthians 5:12
It isn't my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning.

Colossians 4:5
Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.

1 Thessalonians 4:12
Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.

1 Timothy 3:7
Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil's trap.

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