Mark 4:30-34

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

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 mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth.
32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”
33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand.
34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.

Mark 4:30 in Other Translations

KJV
30 And he said,Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?
ESV
30 And he said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it?
NLT
30 Jesus said, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it?
MSG
30 "How can we picture God's kingdom? What kind of story can we use?
CSB
30 And He said: "How can we illustrate the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use to describe it?

Mark 4:30-34 In-Context

28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.
29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
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 mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth.
32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”
33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand.
34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”
36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.

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