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Mark 4:11


He said to them, “The secret 1  of the kingdom of God has been given 2  to you. But to those outside, everything is in parables,


Mt 11:25; Mt 13:11,12,16; Mt 13:13; Mt 16:17; Lu 8:10; Lu 10:21-24; 1Co 4:7; 1Co 5:12,13; 2Co 4:6; Eph 1:9; Eph 2:4-10; Col 4:5; 1Th 4:12; 1Ti 3:7; Tit 3:3-7; Jas 1:16-18; 1Jo 5:20

NET © Notes

tn Grk “the mystery.”

sn The key term secret (μυστήριον, musthrion) can mean either (1) a new revelation or (2) a revealing interpretation of existing revelation as in Dan 2:17-23, 27-30. Jesus seems to be explaining how current events develop old promises, since the NT consistently links the events of Jesus’ ministry and message with old promises (Rom 1:1-4; Heb 1:1-2). The traditional translation of this word, “mystery,” is misleading to the modern English reader because it suggests a secret which people have tried to uncover but which they have failed to understand (L&N 28.77).

tn This is an example of a “divine passive,” with God understood to be the source of the revelation (see ExSyn 437-38).

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