The Holman Christian Standard Bible

Mark 4:26–32

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The Parable of the Growing Seed

26 “The kingdom of God r is like this,” He said. “A man scatters seed on the ground; 27 he sleeps s and rises t—night u and day, and the seed sprouts and grows—he doesn’t know how. 28 The soil produces a crop v by itself—first the blade, then the head, and then the ripe grain w on the head. 29 But as soon as the crop is ready, he sends for the sickle, x because the harvest y has come.”

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

30 And z He said: “How can we illustrate the kingdom of God, a or what parable b can we use to describe it? 31 It’s like a mustard seed c that, when sown in the soil, is smaller than all the seeds on the ground. 32 And when sown, d it comes up and grows taller than all the vegetables, e and produces large branches, so that the birds of the sky f can nest in its shade.”

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