More will be given (Mk 4:25-4:25)

“To those

Who have,

More will be given.

From those

Who have nothing,

Even what

They have

Will be taken away.”


ὃς γὰρ ἔχει, δοθήσεται αὐτῷ· καὶ ὃς οὐκ ἔχει, καὶ ὃ ἔχει ἀρθήσεται ἀπ’ αὐτοῦ


All 3 synoptic gospels, Matthew, chapter 13:12, and Luke, chapter 8:18, and Mark here have this quirky saying, almost word for word.  Mark said that to those who had knowledge (ὃς γὰρ ἔχει), more would be given to them (δοθήσεται αὐτῷ).  However, those who had nothing (καὶ ὃς οὐκ ἔχει), even what little they had would be taken away (καὶ ὃ ἔχει ἀρθήσεται ἀπ’ αὐτοῦ).  There would be no center ambiguous positions, it was all or nothing.