Mark 4:9

9 "Are you listening to this? Really listening?"

Mark 4:9 Meaning and Commentary

Mark 4:9

And he said unto them
To the multitude of hearers that were on the sea shore attending to the word preached, and among whom, doubtless, there were all those sorts of hearers mentioned in this parable:

he that hath ears to hear, let him hear:
observe, and take notice of what has been said, as being of the greatest moment and importance: for a larger explanation and illustration of this parable, see the notes on ( Matthew 13:3-9 ) .

Mark 4:9 In-Context

7 Some fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled among the weeds and nothing came of it.
8 Some fell on good earth and came up with a flourish, producing a harvest exceeding his wildest dreams.
9 "Are you listening to this? Really listening?"
10 When they were off by themselves, those who were close to him, along with the Twelve, asked about the stories.
11 He told them, "You've been given insight into God's kingdom - you know how it works. But to those who can't see it yet, everything comes in stories, creating readiness, nudging them toward receptive insight.
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