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The Holman Christian Standard Bible

Mark 4:3–20

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“Listen! Consider the sower who went out to sow. u As he sowed, this occurred: Some seed fell along the path, v and the birds came and ate w it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground where it didn’t have much soil, and it sprang up right away, x since it didn’t have deep soil. When the sun came up, it was scorched, and since it didn’t have a root, it withered. y Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it didn’t produce a crop. Still others fell on good ground and produced a crop that increased z 30, 60, and 100 times what was sown.” a Then He said, “Anyone who has ears to hear should listen!” b

Why Jesus Used Parables

10 When He was alone with the Twelve, c those who were around Him asked Him about the parables. d 11 He answered them, “The * secret e of the kingdom of God f has been given to you, but to those outside, g everything comes in parables 12 so that

they may look and look,

yet not perceive;

they may listen and listen,

yet not understand; h

otherwise, they might turn back

and be forgiven. i j k

The Parable of the Sower Explained

13 Then l He said to them: “Don’t you understand this parable? m How then will you understand any of the parables? 14 The sower sows n the word. o 15 These p are the ones along the path q where the word is sown: when they hear, immediately Satan r comes and takes away the word s sown in them. t 16 And these are u the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, immediately they receive it with joy. v 17 But they have no root in themselves; they are short-lived. When pressure w or persecution comes because of the word, they immediately * stumble. x 18 Others are sown among thorns; these are the ones who hear the word, 19 but the worries y of this age, z the seduction a b of wealth, c and the desires d for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. e 20 But the ones sown on good ground are those who hear the word, f welcome it, and produce a crop: g 30, 60, and 100 times what was sown.”

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