Mark 4:2

2 He taught them by telling many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:

Mark 4:2 Meaning and Commentary

Mark 4:2

And he taught them many things by parables
As he sat in the ship, and they stood on shore;

and said unto them in his doctrine;
as he was teaching them, and delivering unto them the doctrine he had received from his Father: though the Jews say F3, that

``the Israelites will have no need (xyvm Klm lv wdwmltl) , "of the doctrine of the king Messiah, in the time to come"; because it is said, "unto him shall the Gentiles seek", and not the Israelites.''

But it appears from hence, and many other places, that the Israelites both stood in need of his doctrine, and sought after it; and very excellent it was; the doctrine of God, and of the grace of God; and was spoken with authority, and in such a manner as never man spake, and which he delivered to his apostles; and which, if ministers bring not with them, should not be bid God speed.


F3 Bereshit Rabba, sect 98. fol. 85. 3.

Mark 4:2 In-Context

1 Once again Jesus began teaching by the lakeshore. A very large crowd soon gathered around him, so he got into a boat. Then he sat in the boat while all the people remained on the shore.
2 He taught them by telling many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:
3 “Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seed.
4 As he scattered it across his field, some of the seed fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate it.
5 Other seed fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seed sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow.
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