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Mark 4

NCV 1 Again Jesus began teaching by the lake. A great crowd gathered around him, so he sat down in a boat near the shore. All the people stayed on the shore close to the water. 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. NCV 2 Jesus taught them many things, using stories. He said, NIV 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: NCV 3 "Listen! A farmer went out to plant his seed. NIV 3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. NCV 4 While he was planting, some seed fell by the road, 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. NCV 5 Some seed fell on rocky ground where there wasn't much dirt. That seed grew very fast, because the ground was not deep. NIV 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. NCV 6 But when the sun rose, the plants dried up because they did not have deep roots. NIV 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. NCV 7 Some other seed fell among thorny weeds, which grew and choked the good plants. So those plants did not produce a crop. NIV 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. NCV 8 Some other seed fell on good ground and began to grow. It got taller and produced a crop. Some plants made thirty times more, some made sixty times more, and some made a hundred times more." 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.” NCV 9 Then Jesus said, "You people who can hear me, listen!" NIV 9 Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” NCV 10 Later, when Jesus was alone, the twelve apostles and others around him asked him about the stories. NIV 10 When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. NCV 11 Jesus said, "You can know the secret about the kingdom of God. But to other people I tell everything by using 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 NCV 12 so that: 'They will look and look, but they will not learn. They will listen and listen, but they will not understand. If they did learn and understand, they would come back to me and be 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!’” NCV 13 Then Jesus said to his followers, "Don't you understand this story? If you don't, how will you understand any story? NIV 13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? NCV 14 The farmer is like a person who plants God's message in people. NIV 14 The farmer sows the word. NCV 15 Sometimes the teaching falls on the road. This is like the people who hear the teaching of God, but Satan quickly comes and takes away the teaching 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. NCV 16 Others are like the seed planted on rocky ground. They hear the teaching and quickly accept it with joy. NIV 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. NCV 17 But since they don't allow the teaching to go deep into their lives, they keep it only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the teaching they accepted, they quickly give up. 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. NCV 18 Others are like the seed planted among the thorny weeds. They hear the teaching, NIV 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; NCV 19 but the worries of this life, the temptation of wealth, and many other evil desires keep the teaching from growing and producing fruitn in their lives. 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. NCV 20 Others are like the seed planted in the good ground. They hear the teaching and accept it. Then they grow and produce fruit -- sometimes thirty times more, sometimes sixty times more, and sometimes a hundred times more." 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.” NCV 21 Then Jesus said to them, "Do you hide a lamp under a bowl or under a bed? No! You put the lamp on a 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? NCV 22 Everything that is hidden will be made clear and every secret thing will be made known. NIV 22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. NCV 23 You people who can hear me, listen! NIV 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.” NCV 24 "Think carefully about what you hear. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you, but God will give you even more. NIV 24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. NCV 25 Those who have understanding will be given more. But those who do not have understanding, even what they have 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.” NCV 26 Then Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is like someone who plants seed in the ground. NIV 26 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. NCV 27 Night and day, whether the person is asleep or awake, the seed still grows, but the person does not know how it grows. NIV 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. NCV 28 By itself the earth produces grain. First the plant grows, then the head, and then all the grain in the head. NIV 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. NCV 29 When the grain is ready, the farmer cuts it, because this is the harvest time." NIV 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” NCV 30 Then Jesus said, "How can I show you what the kingdom of God is like? What story can I 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? NCV 31 The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, the smallest seed you plant in the ground. NIV 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. NCV 32 But when planted, this seed grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants. It produces large branches, and the wild birds can make 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.” NCV 33 Jesus used many stories like these to teach the crowd God's message -- as much as they could understand. NIV 33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. NCV 34 He always used stories to teach them. But when he and his followers were alone, Jesus 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. NCV 35 That evening, Jesus said to his followers, "Let's go across the lake." NIV 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” NCV 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him in the boat just as he was. There were also other boats with them. NIV 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. NCV 37 A very strong wind came up on the lake. The waves came over the sides and into the boat so that it was already full of water. NIV 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. NCV 38 Jesus was at the back of the boat, sleeping with his head on a cushion. His followers woke him and said, "Teacher, don't you care that we are drowning!" 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?” NCV 39 Jesus stood up and commanded the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind stopped, and it became completely 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. NCV 40 Jesus said to his followers, "Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?" NIV 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” NCV 41 The followers were very afraid and asked each other, "Who is this? 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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