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Mark 4:16

16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy.

Read Mark 4:16 Using Other Translations

And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy.
The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy.

What does Mark 4:16 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Mark 4:16

And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground,
&c.] Such sort of hearers of the word are signified by the stony ground, on which the seed were sown, who are constant hearers of the word, and have some understanding of it, and some sort of affection for it, and yet their hearts are not truly broken by it; they are not brought to a thorough sight and sense of sin, and of their need of Christ, and salvation by him; their stony hearts are not taken away, and hearts of flesh given them:

who when they have heard the word immediately receive it with
gladness;
seem highly pleased, and greatly delighted with it, as being a well connected scheme things; and which declares things, as heaven and eternal happiness, which they, from a principle of self love, are desirous of enjoying.

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