Mark 4:30

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it?

Read Mark 4:30 Using Other Translations

And he said,Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?
And he said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it?
Jesus said, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it?

What does Mark 4:30 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Mark 4:30

And he said
Still continuing his discourse on this subject, and in order to convey to the minds of his disciples clearer ideas of the Gospel dispensation, the success of the Gospel, and the usefulness of their ministration of it, for their encouragement, how unpromising soever things might then be:

whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God, or with what comparison
shall we compare it?
It was usual with the Jewish doctors, when about to illustrate anything in a parabolical way to begin with such like questions; as, (hmwd rbdh hml) , "to what is this thing like" F4? when the answer is to such or such thing, as here.


FOOTNOTES:

F4 T. Hieros. Bava Bathra, fol. 16. 2. T. Bab. Zebachim, fol. 82. 1. & Sabbat, fol. 108. 1. & passim.
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