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Mark 4:1-9 (New International Version)

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The Parable of the Sower

4:1-12pp -- Mt 13:1-15; Lk 8:4-10 4:13-20pp -- Mt 13:18-23; Lk 8:11-15

1 Again Jesus began to teach by the lake.1 The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water's edge. 2 He taught them many things by parables,2 and in his teaching said: 3 "Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.3 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times."4 9 Then Jesus said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."5
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