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Mark 4

Parable of the Sower

1 And again he began to be teaching by the sea. And [an] exceedingly great crowd was gathered to him, so that having embarked he was sitting in [a] boat in the sea, and the crowd was on the land facing the sea. 2 And he was teaching them many [things] in parables, and he was saying to them in his teaching: 3 Be listening: Behold the [one] sowing came out to sow. 4 And it came to pass while sowing some fell beside the road, and the birds came and devoured it. 5 And other [seed] fell upon the rocky [places], where it was not having much soil1 , and immediately it sprang up because it was not having depth of earth1. 6 And when the sun rose it was burned up, and because it was not having root it was withered. 7 And other [seed] fell into thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it gave no fruit. 8 And others fell into the good soil1 and coming up and growing it was giving fruit and it was bearing to thirty[fold] and within sixty and within hundred[fold]. 9 And he was saying: He who has ears to be hearing, let him be hearing2 .

The Purpose of Parables

10 And when he came to be alone, those around him with the twelve were asking3 him with regard to the parables. 11 And he was saying to them: To you the mystery of the kingdom of God has been given, to those outside all things come4 in parables, 12 in order that5
Looking they look and may not see
And hearing they hear and may not understand
Lest ever they turn around and he forgive them.

13 And he says to them: You do not know this parable, how also will you know all the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 But these are those beside the road, how the word is sown, and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes the word having been sown in them. 16 And these being sown upon the rocky [places] are likewise, which when they hear the word, immediately they receive it with joy. 17 And they have no root in themselves, but are temporary, then [when] tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, they stumble. 18 And these are those being sown into the thorns, these are those having heard the word, 19 and [when] the cares of the age and the deceitfulness of wealth and the lusts [about] the rest enter, they choke the word, and it becomes fruitless. 20 And these are those having been sown upon the good soil1, which hear the word and receive [it] and bear fruit in thirty and in sixty and in a hundred.

The Parable of the Lamp

21 And he says to them that: Does [a] lamp come in order that it be placed under the bushel or under the bed? Is it not in order that it be placed upon the lampstand? 22 For is anything hidden if not in order that it be revealed? 23 If anyone has ears to be hearing, let him be hearing2. 24 And he says to them: Be watching what you are hearing. With what measure you measure it shall be measured to you, and shall be put to you. 25 For whoever has, it shall be given to him, and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away.

The Parable of the Growing Seed

26 And he was saying: The kingdom of God is thus, as [a] man throws the seed upon the earth1 27 and he sleeps and gets up night and day, the seed sprouts and grows when he did not know it. 28 By itself the land bears fruit, first grass, then [an] ear, then full grain on the ear. 29 When the fruit permits, immediately he sends the sickle because the harvest has come.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

30 And he was saying: How shall I liken the kingdom of God? or by means of what shall I set it forth in [a] parable? 31 As with [a] grain of mustard, which when sown upon the ground, being smaller than all the seeds upon the ground, 32 and when sown, it comes up and becomes [the] greater of all the herbs, and it produces great branches, so that the birds of heaven are able to be dwelling under its shadow.

The Use of Parables

33 And he was speaking to them the word with many such parables, just as they were able to be hearing, 34 but without parables he was not speaking to them, but privately he was explaining everything to his own disciples.

Stilling of a Storm

35 And he says to them in that day, evening having come: Go through to the other side. 36 And the crowd having departed they took him with them as he was in the boat, and another boat was with him. 37 And there comes [a] great hurricane of wind, and the waves were casting into the boat, so that already the boat was being filled. 38 And he himself was in the stern upon the cushion sleeping. And they rouse him and say to him: Teacher, is it of no concern to you that we are perishing? 39 And having been awakened he rebuked the wind and said to the sea: Be still, be silent. And the wind ceased, and there came [a] great calm. 40 And he said to them: Are you such cowards in this manner? How do you have no faith? 41 And they were afraid with [a] great fear, and were saying to one another: What then is this [one], that even the wind and the sea obey him?

1GE "GAY" (γη) "earth", "land" (remember that they didn't understand about the Earth being a planet floating in space yet), sometimes "ground" or "dirt".


3EROTAO (ερωταω) "Ask", but more polite, not demanding/begging as is AITEO. Both AITEO and EROTAO occur in John.16:26.

4or "are given"