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Mark 4

GNT 1 Again Jesus began to teach beside Lake Galilee. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it. The boat was out in the water, and the crowd stood on the shore at the water's edge. 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. GNT 2 He used parables to teach them many things, saying to them: NIV 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: GNT 3 "Listen! Once there was a man who went out to sow grain. NIV 3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. GNT 4 As he scattered the seed in the field, some of it fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. NIV 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. GNT 5 Some of it fell on rocky ground, where there was little soil. The seeds soon sprouted, because the soil wasn't deep. NIV 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. GNT 6 Then, when the sun came up, it burned the young plants; and because the roots had not grown deep enough, the plants soon dried up. NIV 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. GNT 7 Some of the seed fell among thorn bushes, which grew up and choked the plants, and they didn't bear grain. NIV 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. GNT 8 But some seeds fell in good soil, and the plants sprouted, grew, and bore grain: some had thirty grains, others sixty, and others one hundred." NIV 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” GNT 9 And Jesus concluded, "Listen, then, if you have ears!" NIV 9 Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” GNT 10 When Jesus was alone, some of those who had heard him came to him with the twelve disciples and asked him to explain the parables. NIV 10 When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. GNT 11 "You have been given the secret of the Kingdom of God," Jesus answered. "But the others, who are on the outside, hear all things by means of 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 GNT 12 so that, "They may look and look, yet not see; they may listen and listen, yet not understand. For if they did, they would turn to God, and he would forgive them.' " 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!’” GNT 13 Then Jesus asked them, "Don't you understand this parable? How, then, will you ever understand any parable? NIV 13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? GNT 14 The sower sows God's message. NIV 14 The farmer sows the word. GNT 15 Some people are like the seeds that fall along the path; as soon as they hear the message, Satan comes and takes it away. 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. GNT 16 Other people are like the seeds that fall on rocky ground. As soon as they hear the message, they receive it gladly. NIV 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. GNT 17 But it does not sink deep into them, and they don't last long. So when trouble or persecution comes because of the message, they give up at once. 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. GNT 18 Other people are like the seeds sown among the thorn bushes. These are the ones who hear the message, NIV 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; GNT 19 but the worries about this life, the love for riches, and all other kinds of desires crowd in and choke the message, and they don't bear fruit. 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. GNT 20 But other people are like seeds sown in good soil. They hear the message, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirty, some sixty, and some one hundred." NIV 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” GNT 21 Jesus continued, "Does anyone ever bring in a lamp and put it under a bowl or under the bed? Isn't it put on the lampstand? 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? GNT 22 Whatever is hidden away will be brought out into the open, and whatever is covered up will be uncovered. NIV 22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. GNT 23 Listen, then, if you have ears!" NIV 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.” GNT 24 He also said to them, "Pay attention to what you hear! The same rules you use to judge others will be used by God to judge you - but with even greater severity. NIV 24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. GNT 25 Those who have something will be given more, and those who have nothing will have taken away from them even the little they have." NIV 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” GNT 26 Jesus went on to say, "The Kingdom of God is like this. A man scatters seed in his field. NIV 26 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. GNT 27 He sleeps at night, is up and about during the day, and all the while the seeds are sprouting and growing. Yet he does not know how it happens. NIV 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. GNT 28 The soil itself makes the plants grow and bear fruit; first the tender stalk appears, then the head, and finally the head full of grain. NIV 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. GNT 29 When the grain is ripe, the man starts cutting it with his sickle, because harvest time has come. NIV 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” GNT 30 "What shall we say the Kingdom of God is like?" asked Jesus. "What parable shall we use to explain 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? GNT 31 It is like this. A man takes a mustard seed, the smallest seed in the world, and plants it in the ground. NIV 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. GNT 32 After a while it grows up and becomes the biggest of all plants. It puts out such large branches that the birds come and make their 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 can perch in its shade.” GNT 33 Jesus preached his message to the people, using many other parables like these; he told them as much as they could understand. NIV 33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. GNT 34 He would not speak to them without using parables, but when he was alone with his disciples, he would explain everything to them. 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. GNT 35 On the evening of that same day Jesus said to his disciples, "Let us go across to the other side of the lake." NIV 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” GNT 36 So they left the crowd; the disciples got into the boat in which Jesus was already sitting, and they took him with them. Other boats were there too. NIV 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. GNT 37 Suddenly a strong wind blew up, and the waves began to spill over into the boat, so that it was about to fill with water. NIV 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. GNT 38 Jesus was in the back of the boat, sleeping with his head on a pillow. The disciples woke him up and said, "Teacher, don't you care that we are about to die?" NIV 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” GNT 39 Jesus stood up and commanded the wind, "Be quiet!" and he said to the waves, "Be still!" The wind died down, and there was a great calm. NIV 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. GNT 40 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Why are you frightened? Do you still have no faith?" NIV 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” GNT 41 But they were terribly afraid and began to say to one another, "Who is this man? Even the wind and the waves obey him!" NIV 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

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