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The First Great Group of Parables.

(Beside the Sea of Galilee.)

Subdivision A.


A Matt. XIII. 1–3; B Mark IV. 1, 2; C Luke VIII. 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 iii. 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 329 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.]

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