The Bible in Its Traditions

Mark 4:3–20

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"Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow.

Hearken: Behold, the sower went forth to sow

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And it happened, as he sowed, that some [seed] fell alongside the road; and the birds came and devoured it.

And while he was sowing, some fell along the way, and the birds of the air came and ate it.

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And some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth.

Yet truly, others fell upon stony ground, where it did not have much soil. And it rose up quickly, because it had no depth of soil.

Other fell upon the rock, where there was not sufficient soil; and it sprung up earlier because the ground was not deep enough;

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But when the sun rose it was scorched, and because it had no root it was withered up.

and when the sun was risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.

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And some [seed ]fell into the thorns; and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.

And other fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.

And some fell among thorns. And the thorns grew up and suffocated it, and it did not produce fruit.

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But other [seed ]fell on good ground, and it was yielding fruit coming up and growing, and it was producing-some thirty[fold], some sixty[,] and some a hundred."

And others fell into the good ground, and yielded fruit, growing up and increasing; and brought forth, thirtyfold, and sixtyfold, and a hundredfold.

And some fell on good soil. And it brought forth fruit that grew up, and increased, and yielded: some thirty, some sixty, and some one hundred.”

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And He said, "He that has ears to hear, let him hear!"

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10  But when He was by himself, those around Him together with the twelve asked Him about the parable.

10  And when he was alone, the twelve, who were with him, questioned him about the parable.

10  When they were alone by themselves, those who were with him together with the twelve asked him about that parable.

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11  And He said to them, "Unto you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come to be [spoken] in parables,

11  And he said unto them, Unto you is given the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all things are done in parables

11  And Jesus said to them, To you is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, but to the outsiders everything has to be explained by parables.

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12  so that 'Seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, and their sins be forgiven them.' "

12  that seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest haply they should turn again, and it should be forgiven them.

12  ‘so that, seeing, they may see, and not perceive; and hearing, they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they may be converted, and their sins would be forgiven them.’ ”

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13  And He said to them, "Do you not know this parable? How then will you know all the parables?

14  The sower sows the word.

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15  And these are the [seeds] beside the road where the word is sown, and whenever they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which was sown in their hearts.

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16  And these are similarly the [seeds] being sown on stony ground which, whenever they hear the word, immediately they receive it with joy;

16  And similarly, there are those who were sown upon stony ground. These, when they have heard the word, immediately accept it with gladness.

16  And those which were sown upon the rock, are those who when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with joy;

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17  and they have no root in themselves, but are shortlived. Afterward, when trials or persecution arise because of the word, immediately they fall away.

17  And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.

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18  And these are the [seeds] being sown in the thorns; they are the [ones] who are hearing the word,

18  And others are they that are sown among the thorns; these are they that have heard the word,

18  And those which were sown among thistles are those who have heard the word,

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19  and the anxieties of this age, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things coming in choke out the word, and it becomes fruitless.

19  and the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

19  but worldly tasks, and the deception of riches, and desires about other things enter in and suffocate the word, and it is effectively without fruit.

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20  And these are the [seeds] sown on good ground, such as who hear the word and welcome it, and bear fruit: some thirty [fold], some sixty, and some a hundred."

20  And those are they that were sown upon the good ground; such as hear the word, and accept it, and bear fruit, thirtyfold, and sixtyfold, and a hundredfold.