Parallel Texts in Matthew, Mark & Luke

6. The Measure 
Matt 13:12 // Mark 4:24-25 // Luke 8:18
Matt 7:2 // Luke 6:38
Matt 25:29 // Luke 19:26

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MEASURE  &  GAIN 
Matthew 13 Mark 4 Luke 8
    24  And he said to them,    
      "Take heed  18  Take heed then
      what you hear;   how you hear;
      the measure you [give]    
      will be the measure     
      you get,    
      and still more    
    * will be given you.     
 12  For <whoever> has, 25  For <he> who has,   for <he> who has,
  <to him it will be given>,   <to him it will be given>;   <to him it will be given>;
  and he will have abundance;        
** but <whoever has not>, ** and <he who has not>, ** and <he who has not>,
  even what he has   even what he has   even what he thinks he has
  will be taken away   will be taken away   will be taken away
  <from him>."   <from him>."   <from him>."

* Note: Mark 4:24 -- The text follows the oldest mss. in the Egyptian recension; the majority of later Byzantine codices have "given to those who hear."

** Note: Mark 4:25 & parallels: "has not" -- Matthew & Mark use ouk with the indicative; Luke uses with the subjunctive.

Compare: Mark 4:24 (above) with

MEASURE
Matthew 7   Mark   Luke 6
 2  For with the judgment you pronounce      
  you will be judged      
  and the measure you [give]    38b  For the measure you [give]
  will be the measure      will be the measure 
  you get."     you get back."

Compare: Matt 13:12 // Mark 4:25 // Luke 8:18  (above) with

GAIN & LOSS
Matthew 25   Mark   Luke 19
       26  "I tell you that
29  "For to everyone who has ***     to everyone  who has ***
  <it will be given>,     <it will be given>,
  and he will have abundance;      
  but     but
  he who has not, ***     from him who has not, ***
  even what he has     even what he has
  will be taken away      will be taken away."
  <from him>."      

*** Note: "who has...who has not" -- Matt 25:29 & Luke 19:26 use a present participle construction [literally: "the having...the not having"] unlike the present indicative in Mark 4:25 & parallels.

Color Code
 Red  Five texts use same wording.
 Purple   Four texts use same wording.
 Blue  Three texts use same wording.
 Teal  Two texts use same wording.
 Black  Words unique to a particular gospel.
 <the>  RSV wording revised to reflect Greek.
 [it]  Word in RSV but not Greek text.
   No parallel passage in this gospel.

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