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Mark 4:1-34

RSV 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. NIV 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. RSV 2 And he taught them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: NIV 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: RSV 3 "Listen! A sower went out to sow. NIV 3 "Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. RSV 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. NIV 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. RSV 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; NIV 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. RSV 6 and when the sun rose it was scorched, and since it had no root it withered away. NIV 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. RSV 7 Other seed fell among thorns and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. NIV 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. RSV 8 And other seeds fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold." NIV 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times." RSV 9 And he said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." NIV 9 Then Jesus said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." RSV 10 And when he was alone, those who were about him with the twelve asked him concerning the parables. NIV 10 When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. RSV 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; NIV 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 RSV 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." NIV 12 so that, " 'they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!' " RSV 13 And he said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? NIV 13 Then Jesus said to them, "Don't you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? RSV 14 The sower sows the word. NIV 14 The farmer sows the word. RSV 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. NIV 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. RSV 16 And these in like manner are the ones sown upon rocky ground, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; NIV 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. RSV 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. NIV 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. RSV 18 And others are the ones sown among thorns; they are those who hear the word, NIV 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; RSV 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. NIV 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. RSV 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." NIV 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." RSV 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? NIV 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? RSV 22 For there is nothing hid, except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. NIV 22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. RSV 23 If any man has ears to hear, let him hear." NIV 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." RSV 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. NIV 24 "Consider carefully what you hear," he continued. "With the measure you use, it will be measured to you--and even more. RSV 25 For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away." NIV 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him." RSV 26 And he said, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground, NIV 26 He also said, "This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. RSV 27 and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how. NIV 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. RSV 28 The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. NIV 28 All by itself the soil produces grain--first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. RSV 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come." NIV 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come." RSV 30 And he said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? NIV 30 Again he said, "What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? RSV 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; NIV 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. RSV 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." NIV 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." RSV 33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; NIV 33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. RSV 34 he did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything. NIV 34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.