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Mark 4:21

Context
The Parable of the Lamp

4:21 He also said to them, “A lamp 1  isn’t brought to be put under a basket 2  or under a bed, is it? Isn’t it to be placed on a lampstand?

Luke 8:16

Context
Showing the Light

8:16 “No one lights 3  a lamp 4  and then covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand so that those who come in can see the light. 5 

1 sn The lamp is probably an ancient oil burning lamp or perhaps a candlestick. Jesus is comparing revelation to light, particularly the revelation of his ministry.

2 tn Or “a bowl”; this refers to any container for dry material of about eight liters (two gallons) capacity. It could be translated “basket, box, bowl” (L&N 6.151).

3 tn The participle ἅψας ({aya") has been translated as a finite verb due to requirements of contemporary English style.

4 sn This is probably an ancient oil burning lamp or perhaps a candlestick. Jesus is comparing revelation to light, particularly the revelation of his ministry; see 1:78-79.

5 tn Or “its light,” if the Greek article is translated as a possessive pronoun (for such usage, cf. ExSyn 215).



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