The Fourfold Gospel
J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton (1914)

(Beside the Sea of Galilee.)
Subdivision A.
aMATT. XIII. 1-3; bMARK IV. 1, 2; cLUKE VIII. 4.

      a1 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.   b1 And again he began again to teach by the sea side. [By the Sea of Galilee.] And there is {awere} bgathered unto him a very great multitude, {agreat multitudes,} bso 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 astood on the beach. bwere by the sea on the land.   c4 And when a great multitude came together, and they of every city resorted unto him, he spake by a parable:   a3 And he spake to them many things   b2 And he taught them many things in parables, and said unto them in his teaching, {asaying,}   b3 Hearken [While Jesus had used parables [328] 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.]

[FFG 328-329]

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