Mark 4

1Again he began to teach by the seaside. A great multitude was gathered to him, so that he entered into a boat in the sea, and sat down. All the multitude were on the land by the sea. 2Then he taught them many things in parables, and told them in his teaching, 3"Listen! Behold, the farmer went out to sow, 4and it happened, as he sowed, some seed fell by the road, and the birds
NU M P Vg. TR adds "of the air"
came and devoured it.
5Others fell on the rocky ground, where it had little soil, and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of soil. 6But when the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 7Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 8Others fell into the good ground, and yielded fruit, growing up and increasing. Some brought forth thirty times, some sixty times, and some one hundred times as much." 9He said, "Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear."

10When he was alone, those who were around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. 11And he said to them, "To you has been given
M TR add "to know"
the mystery of the Kingdom of God, but to those who are outside, all things are done in parables,
12that 'seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest perhaps they should return and be forgiven
M TR read "and their sins be forgiven them" instead of "be forgiven"
Isaiah 6:9-10

13And he said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand all of the parables? 14The farmer sows the word. 15The ones by the road are the ones where the word is sown; and when they have heard, immediately Satan comes, and takes away the word which has been sown in them
M TR read "in their hearts" instead of "in them"
M TR add "in like manner"
are those who are sown on the rocky places, who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with joy.
17They have no root in themselves, but are short-lived. When oppression or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they stumble. 18And others
M TR read "These" instead of "And others"
are those who are sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word,
19but the cares of the
M TR read "this" instead of "the"
age, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
20But those which were sown on the good ground are those who hear the word, and accept it, and bear fruit, some thirty times, some sixty times, and some one hundred times."

21And he said to them, "Is the lamp brought to be put under a basket
literally, a modion, a dry measuring basket containing about a peck (about 9 litres)
or under a bed? Is not it put on a stand?
22For there is nothing hidden, except that it should be made known; neither was anything made secret, but that it should come to light. 23If any man has ears to hear, let him hear."

24And he said to them, "Take heed what you hear. With whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you, and more will be given to you
M TR add "who hear"
25For whoever has, more will be given, and he who does not have, even that which he has will be taken away from him."

26And he said, "The Kingdom of God is as if a man should cast seed on the earth, 27and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he does not know how. 28For the earth bears fruit: first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29But when the fruit is ripe, immediately he puts forth the sickle, because the harvest has come."

30And he said, "To what will we liken the Kingdom of God? Or with what parable will we use for it? 31It's like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, though it is less than all the seeds that are on the earth, 32yet when it is sown, grows up, and becomes greater than all the herbs, and puts out great branches, so that the birds of the sky can lodge under its shadow."

33With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. 34Without a parable he did not speak to them; but privately to his own
M TR omit "own"
disciples he explained everything.

35On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, "Let us go over to the other side." 36Leaving the multitude, they took him with them, even as he was, in the boat. Other
M TR add "small"
boats were also with him.
37A big wind storm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so much that the boat
M TR read "it" instead of "the boat"
was already filled.
38He himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion, and they woke him up, and told him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are dying?"

39And he awoke, and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" The wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
Psalm 65:7; 89:9; 107:29
40And he said to them, "Why are you so afraid? Do
M TR read "How" instead of "Do"
you still have no faith?"

41And they were greatly afraid, and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"

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