Mark 4:18-28 NIV

18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word;
19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth1 and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

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20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop--thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown."

A Lamp on a Stand

21 He said to them, "Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don't you put it on its stand?2

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22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.3

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23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."4

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24 "Consider carefully what you hear," he continued. "With the measure you use, it will be measured to you--and even more.5

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25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him."6

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The Parable of the Growing Seed

26 He also said, "This is what the kingdom of God is like.7 A man scatters seed on the ground.

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27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.
28 All by itself the soil produces grain--first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.