The Standard of Measure

24 He said to them, “Listen carefully! God will evaluate you with the same standard you use to evaluate others. Indeed, you will receive even more. 25 Those who have will receive more, but as for those who don’t have, even what they don’t have will be taken away from them.” (Mark 4:24-25, CEB)

24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” (NIV)

24 And he said to them,“Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. 25 For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” (ESV)

The Common English Bible supplies “to evaluate others” where the usage of “the measure you use” in the NIV and the ESV isn’t specified. The way the NIV and the ESV reads (as I have read it all my life) is more about the standard of measure I use in my life. Period. It’s not the standard of measure I use to judge others.

It’s about taking the gifts God has given and using them. If God gives a certain measure to me, and I use what is given for his Kingdom, then that trust keeps flowing. If I squander what I use… things get taken away. It’s like a truncated parable of the sower.

AND this passage follows the parable of the sower. I am not sure why the CEB adds in “to evaluate others.”

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