The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleLuke 8:9
And his disciples asked him…
That is, as Mark says,
"when he was alone"; after the multitude were departed, and they
were by themselves, it may be in some house with other disciples:
saying, what might this parable be?
what is the sense and meaning
of it? According to Matthew, they asked why he spake in parables to the
people; and to such a question the following words are a proper answer.