(Beside the Sea of Galilee.)Subdivision A.

a MATT. 13:1-3; b MARK 4:1-2; c LUKE 8:4.

      a 1 On that day went Jesus out of the house [It is possible that Matthew here refers to the house mentioned at Mark 3:19 . If so, the events in Sections XLVIII.-LVI. all occurred on the same day. There are several indications in the gospel narratives that this is so],

and sat by the sea side.   b 1 And again he began again to teach by the sea side. [By the Sea of Galilee.]

And there is {a were} b gathered unto him a very great multitude, {a great multitudes,} b so that he entered into a boat, and sat in the sea [that the multitudes might be better able to see and hear him]; and all the multitude a stood on the beach. b were by the sea on the land.

  c 4 And when a great multitude came together, and they of every city resorted unto him, he spake by a parable:

  a 3 And he spake to them many things

  b 2 And he taught them many things in parables, and said unto them in his teaching, {a saying,}

  b 3 Hearken [While Jesus had used parables before, this appears to have been the first occasion when he strung them together so as to form a discourse. Parable comes from the Greek paraballo, which means, "I place beside" in order to compare. It is the placing of a narrative describing an ordinary event in natural life beside an implied spiritual narrative for the purpose of illustrating the spiritual.]