Mark 4:26-36 (New American Standard)

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Parable of the Seed

26 And He was saying, "The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil ; 27 and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows -how, he himself does not know. 28 "The soil produces crops by itself ; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. 29 "But when the crop permits, he immediately a1puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."

Parable of the Mustard Seed

30 2And He said, "How shall we b3picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it? 31 "It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, 32 yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches ; so that 4THE BIRDS OF THE cAIR can NEST UNDER ITS SHADE." 33 With many such parables He was speaking the word to them, so far as they were able to hear it; 34 and He did not speak to them 5without a parable ; but He was 6explaining everything privately to His own disciples.

Jesus Stills the Sea

35 7On that day, when evening came, He said to them, "Let us go over to the other side." 36 dLeaving the crowd, they took Him along with them 8in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him.
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