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Mark 4:4

4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

Read Mark 4:4 Using Other Translations

And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.
As he scattered it across his field, some of the seed fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate it.

What does Mark 4:4 mean?

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

And it came to pass, as he sowed
Whilst he was preaching the, Gospel, casting about the precious seed of the word, he was laden with:

some fell by the way side;
the common beaten path: the word was dispensed among some men comparable to it, on whom it lighted, but made no impression; there it lay, though not long, and was not inwardly received, and took no root, and consequently was of no effect:

and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up;
the devils, who have their abode in the air, especially the prince of the posse of them; and the Syriac version reads it in the singular number, "and the fowl came"; that ravenous bird of prey, Satan, who goes about seeking what he may devour; and for this purpose attends where the word is preached, to hinder its usefulness as much as in him lies.

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