New Living Translation
In fact, in his public ministry he never taught without using parables; but afterward, when he was alone with his disciples, he explained everything to them.
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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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.
The Seed Growing Secretly.
Ancient Versions of the Old Testament.
Jesus always used stories and illustrations like these when speaking to the crowds. In fact, he never spoke to them without using such parables.
Jesus used many similar stories and illustrations to teach the people as much as they could understand.
Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn't understand what he meant,
"I have spoken of these matters in figures of speech, but soon I will stop speaking figuratively and will tell you plainly all about the Father.
So a time was set, and on that day a large number of people came to Paul's lodging. He explained and testified about the Kingdom of God and tried to persuade them about Jesus from the Scriptures. Using the law of Moses and the books of the prophets, he spoke to them from morning until evening.
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