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Mark 4:33

    Mark 4:33 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And with many such parables spoke he the word to them, as they were able to hear it.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And with a number of such stories he gave them his teaching, as they were able to take it:

    Webster's Revision

    And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it;

    World English Bible

    With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it:

    Clarke's Commentary on Mark 4:33

    With many such parables - Πολλαις, many, is omitted by L, sixteen others; the Syriac, both the Persic, one Arabic, Coptic, Armenian, Ethiopic, and two of the Itala. Mill approves of the omission, and Griesbach leaves it doubtful. It is probably an interpolation: the text reads better without it.

    As they were able to hear - Ακουειν, or to understand always suiting his teaching to the capacities of his hearers. I have always found that preacher most useful, who could adapt his phrase to that of the people to whom he preached. Studying different dialects, and forms of speech, among the common people, is a more difficult and a more useful work than the study of dead languages. The one a man should do, and the other he need not leave undone.

    Barnes' Notes on Mark 4:33

    Spake he the word - The word of God. The doctrines of his gospel.

    As they were able to hear it - As they could comprehend it. They were like children; and he was obliged to lead them along cautiously and by degrees to a full understanding of the plan of salvation.

    Wesley's Notes on Mark 4:33

    4:33 He spake the word as they were able to hear it - Adapting it to the capacity of his hearers; and speaking as plain as he could without offending them. A rule never to be forgotten by those who instruct others.