Mark 4

And again he began to teach by the seaside: and a great multitude gathered around him, so that he entered into a boat, and sat in it; and the whole multitude was on the shore. And he taught them many things by parables, and said to them in his teaching, Listen; Behold, a sower went out to sow: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside, and the birds of the air came and devoured it. And some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of soil: But when the sun came up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other seed fell on good ground, and yielded fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some a hundredfold. And he said to them, He who has ears to hear, let him hear. 10 And when he was alone, those who were about him with the twelve asked him about the parable. 11 And he said to them, To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to those who are outside, all these things are done in parables: 12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest they should be converted, and their sins be forgiven. 13 And he said to them, Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones by the wayside, where the word is sown; when they have heard, Satan comes immediately, and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 And likewise, these are the ones who are like seed sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 But have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution arises for the word's sake, they immediately fall away. 18 And these are the ones who are like seed sown among thorns; they hear the word, 19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust for other things enter in, and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 And these are the ones who are like seed sown on good ground; they hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirty, some sixty, and some a hundredfold. 21 And he said to them, Is a lamp brought in to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a lampstand? 22 For there is nothing hidden, which shall not be revealed; nor is anything kept secret that shall not come to light. 23 If any man has ears to hear, let him hear. 24 And he said to them, Take heed what you hear: with the measure you use, it shall be measured to you: and more besides. 25 For he who has, to him shall more be given: and he who has not, from him shall be taken even that which he has. 26 And he said, The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the ground; 27 And goes to sleep and rises, night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows up, though he does not know how. 28 For the earth brings forth fruit by itself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, immediately he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come. 30 And he said, To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which is the smallest seed planted in the ground: 32 But when it is sown, it grows up, and becomes greater than all garden herbs, and shoots out great branches; so that the birds of the air may nest under the shadow of it. 33 And with many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. 34 And he did not speak to them without a parable: and when they were alone, he explained all things to his disciples. 35 And the same day, when evening had come, he said to them, Let us pass over to the other side. 36 And when they had sent the multitude away, they took him just as he was in the boat. And there were also with him other boats. 37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was almost swamped. 38 And he was in the stern, asleep on a pillow: and they awoke him, and said to him, Teacher, do you not care that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 And he said to them, Why are you so fearful? how is it that you have no faith? 41 And they were exceedingly fearful, and said to one another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
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