Mark 4

Parable of the Sower and Soils

1 a  He began to teach again b  by the sea. And such a very large crowd gathered to Him that c  He got into a boat in the sea and sat down; and the whole crowd was by the sea on the land. 2And He was teaching them many things in d  parables, and was saying to them in His teaching, 3Listen to this! Behold, the sower went out to sow; 4as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Other seed fell on the rocky ground where it did not have much soil; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil. 6And after the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 7Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. 8Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” 9And He was saying, e  He who has ears to hear
Or hear!; or listen!
let him hear.”

10As soon as He was alone
Lit those about Him
His followers, along with the twelve, began asking Him about the parables.
11And He was saying to them, To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but h  those who are outside get everything i  in parables, 12so that j  while seeing, they may see and not perceive, and while hearing, they may hear and not understand, otherwise they might return and be forgiven.”


13 k  And He said to them, Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand all the parables? 14The sower sows the word. 15These are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown; and when they hear, immediately l  Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them. 16In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; 17and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they
Lit are caused to stumble
fall away.
18And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, 19but the worries of n  the
Or age
world, and the p  deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
20And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and q  bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”

21And He was saying to them, r  A lamp is not brought to be put under a
Or peck-measure
basket, is it, or under a bed? Is it not brought to be put on the lampstand?
22 t  For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light. 23 u  If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24And He was saying to them, Take care what you listen to.
Lit By what measure you measure
w  By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides.
25 x  For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.”

Parable of the Seed

26And He was saying, The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; 27and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and growshow, he himself does not know. 28The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. 29But when the crop permits, he immediately
Lit sends forth
z  puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Parable of the Mustard Seed

30 aa  And He said, How shall we
Lit compare
ac  picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it?
31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, 32yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that ad  the birds of the
Or sky
air can nest under its shade.”

33With many such parables He was speaking the word to them, so far as they were able to hear it; 34and He did not speak to them af  without a parable; but He was ag  explaining everything privately to His own disciples.

Jesus Stills the Sea

35 ah  On that day, when evening came, He said to them, Let us go over to the other side.” 36
Or Sending away
Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them aj  in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him.
37And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. 38Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39And He got up and ak  rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and
Lit a great calm occurred
it became perfectly calm.
40And He said to them, Why are you
Or cowardly
afraid? an  Do you still have no faith?”
41They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”
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