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Verses of Mark 4

12

Mark 4:12 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

12. That Many learned men understand this that to mean so that. Others interpret it in order that. The former meaning indicates that parables were here used so that the effects described in this verse do really follow, but not with the divine intention that they should follow. The latter indicates that parables are used with the intention and purpose that such results should follow. Now the latter is the more ordinary sense, though not the necessary one, of the Greek word here rendered that. It here indicates that parables were used for the purpose that men who chose might remain blind. Not that their blindness is a primary purpose of the Almighty; but that blindness which is their choice may be accorded to them. These negative verbs not perceive and not understand, express intentional unintelligence. These men do not fall into passive ignorance, but they actively ignore. Lest This lest depends upon this ignoring. They ignore lest they should be converted. Obdurate sinners are sometimes afraid they will be converted. They fear that the truth will become so clearly truth that they cannot stand, and will in the trying moment yield to it. To prevent the evil use they would make of his truth Jesus wraps it in parables, and so accommodates their wish to his truth in order to avoid conversion. And their sins should be forgiven them Silly are these men who are so afraid of conversion. For what is the worst that would happen if they should be converted? Simply this: their sins would be forgiven, and they would be healed.

Verses of Mark 4

12

Consult other comments:

Mark 4:12 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Mark 4:12 - The Greek Testament

Mark 4:12 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Mark 4:12 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Mark 4:12 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Mark 4:12 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 4:12 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Mark 4:12 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Mark 4:12 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Mark 4:12 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Mark 4:12 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Mark 4:12 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Mark 4:12 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Mark 4:12 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Mark 4:12 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Mark 4:12 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 4:12 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Mark 4:12 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Mark 4:12 - Combined Bible Commentary

Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments