Mark 4:1-34 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. 1 Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. 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 And he taught them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said:
3 "Listen! A sower went out to sow. 3 "Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.
4 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
5 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it had not much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil; 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.
6 and when the sun rose it was scorched, and since it had no root it withered away. 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 and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain.
8 And other seeds fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold." 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times."
9 And he said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." 9 Then Jesus said, "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 concerning the parables. 10 When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables.
11 And he said to them, "To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables; 11 He told them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables
12 so that they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand; lest they should turn again, and be forgiven." 12 so that, " 'they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!' "
13 And he said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? 13 Then Jesus said to them, "Don't you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?
14 The sower sows the word. 14 The farmer sows the word.
15 And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown; when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word which is sown in them. 15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.
16 And these in like manner are the ones sown upon rocky ground, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy.
17 and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.
18 And others are the ones sown among thorns; they are those who hear the word, 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word;
19 but the cares of the world, and the delight in riches, and the desire for other things, enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
20 But those that were sown upon the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold." 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."
21 And he said to them, "Is a lamp brought in to be put under a bushel, or under a bed, and not 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?
22 For there is nothing hid, except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. 22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.
23 If any man has ears to hear, let him hear." 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."
24 And he said to them, "Take heed what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. 24 "Consider carefully what you hear," he continued. "With the measure you use, it will be measured to you--and even more.
25 For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away." 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him."
26 And he said, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground, 26 He also said, "This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.
27 and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.
28 The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain--first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.
29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come." 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come."
30 And he said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 30 Again he said, "What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it?
31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground.
32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade." 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade."
33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand.
34 he did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything. 34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.