29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech.(A)

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I will open my mouth with a parable;(A)
    I will utter hidden things, things from of old—

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49 Then I said, “Sovereign Lord,(A) they are saying of me, ‘Isn’t he just telling parables?(B)’”[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 20:49 In Hebrew texts 20:45-49 is numbered 21:1-5.

34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.(A)

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33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand.(A)

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34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable.(A) But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.

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Jesus used this figure of speech,(A) but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.(B)

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