Mark 4:21

NET ©

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

NIV ©

He said to them, "Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand?

NASB ©

And He was saying to them, "A lamp is not brought to be put under a basket, is it, or under a bed? Is it not brought to be put on the lampstand?

NLT ©

Then Jesus asked them, "Would anyone light a lamp and then put it under a basket or under a bed to shut out the light? Of course not! A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light will shine.

MSG ©

Jesus went on: "Does anyone bring a lamp home and put it under a washtub or beneath the bed? Don't you put it up on a table or on the mantel?

BBE ©

And he said to them, When the light comes in, do people put it under a vessel, or under the bed, and not on its table?

NRSV ©

He said to them, "Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand?

NKJV ©

Also He said to them, "Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand?

KJV
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NET © [draft] ITL
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NET © Notes

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.

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).