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Mark 4

GW 1 Jesus began to teach again by the Sea of Galilee. A very large crowd gathered around him, so he got into a boat and sat in it. The boat was in the water while the entire crowd lined the shore. 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. GW 2 He used stories as illustrations to teach them many things. While he was teaching them, he said, NIV 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: GW 3 "Listen! A farmer went to plant seed. NIV 3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. GW 4 Some seeds were planted along the road, and birds came and devoured them. NIV 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. GW 5 Other seeds were planted on rocky ground, where there wasn't much soil. The plants sprouted quickly 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. GW 6 When the sun came up, they were scorched. They didn't have any roots, so they withered. NIV 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. GW 7 Other seeds were planted among thornbushes. The thornbushes grew up and choked them, and they didn't produce anything. NIV 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. GW 8 But other seeds were planted on good ground, sprouted, and produced thirty, sixty, or one hundred times as much as was planted." 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.” GW 9 He added, "Let the person who has ears listen!" NIV 9 Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” GW 10 When he was alone with his followers and the twelve apostles, they asked him about the stories. NIV 10 When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. GW 11 Jesus replied to them, "The mystery about the kingdom of God has been given [directly] to you. To those on the outside, it is given in stories: 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 GW 12 'They see clearly but don't perceive. They hear clearly but don't understand. They never return to me and are never 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!’” GW 13 Jesus asked them, "Don't you understand this story? How, then, will you understand any of the stories I use as illustrations? NIV 13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? GW 14 "The farmer plants the word. NIV 14 The farmer sows the word. GW 15 Some people are like seeds that were planted along the road. Whenever they hear the word, Satan comes at once and takes away the word that was planted 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. GW 16 Other people are like seeds that were planted on rocky ground. Whenever they hear the word, they accept it at once with joy. NIV 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. GW 17 But they don't develop any roots. They last for a short time. When suffering or persecution comes along because of the word, they immediately fall [from faith]. 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. GW 18 Other people are like seeds planted among thornbushes. They hear the word, NIV 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; GW 19 but the worries of life, the deceitful pleasures of riches, and the desires for other things take over. They choke the word so that it can't produce anything. 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. GW 20 Others are like seeds planted on good ground. They hear the word, accept it, and produce crops--thirty, sixty, or one hundred times as much as was planted." 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.” GW 21 Jesus said to them, "Does anyone bring a lamp into a room to put it under a basket or under a bed? Isn't it put on a lamp 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? GW 22 There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. There is nothing kept secret that will not 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. GW 23 Let the person who has ears listen!" NIV 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.” GW 24 He went on to say, "Pay attention to what you're listening to! [Knowledge] will be measured out to you by the measure [of attention] you give. This is the way knowledge increases. NIV 24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. GW 25 Those who understand [these mysteries] will be given [more knowledge]. However, some people don't understand [these mysteries]. Even what they understand will be taken away from them." NIV 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” GW 26 Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seeds on the ground. NIV 26 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. GW 27 He sleeps at night and is awake during the day. The seeds sprout and grow, although the man doesn't know how. NIV 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. GW 28 The ground produces grain by itself. First the green blade appears, then the head, then 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. GW 29 As soon as the grain is ready, he cuts it with a 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.” GW 30 Jesus asked, "How can we show what the kingdom of God is like? To what can we compare 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? GW 31 It's like a mustard seed planted in the ground. The mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds on earth. NIV 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. GW 32 However, when planted, it comes up and becomes taller than all the garden plants. It grows such large branches that birds can nest 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.” GW 33 Jesus spoke [God's] word to them using many illustrations like these. In this way people could understand what he taught. NIV 33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. GW 34 He did not speak to them without using an illustration. But when he was alone with his disciples, he explained 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. GW 35 That evening, Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's cross to the other side." NIV 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” GW 36 Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus along in a boat just as he was. Other boats were with him. NIV 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. GW 37 A violent windstorm came up. The waves were breaking into the boat so that it was quickly filling up. NIV 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. GW 38 But he was sleeping on a cushion in the back of the boat. So they woke him up and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care that we're going 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?” GW 39 Then he got up, ordered the wind to stop, and said to the sea, "Be still, absolutely still!" The wind stopped blowing, and the sea became very 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. GW 40 He asked them, "Why are you such cowards? Don't you have any faith yet?" NIV 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” GW 41 They were overcome with fear and asked each other, "Who is this man? Even the wind and the sea 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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