Mark 4

1 And again he began to teach beside the sea. And a large crowd was gathered together to him, so-that having stepped onto the ship, he sat in the sea, and all the crowd were next to the sea upon the land.
2 And he was teaching them many things in parables and said to them in his teaching, 3 Listen*: behold, the sower went forth to sow, 4 and it happened, while* he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road and the birds came and devoured it. 5 But other seed fell upon the rocky-area, where it did not have much earth, and immediately it rose up, because it had no depth of earth; 6 now after the sun rose, it was burnt, and it dried up because it had no root. 7 And other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns shot up and choked it, and it gave no fruit. 8 And other seed fell into the good soil and it was giving fruit, shooting up and growing, and it was bringing forth by thirty times, and by sixty times, and by a hundred times as much. 9 And he said, He who has ears to hear, let him hear. 10 And when he happened to be alone, those who were around him together with the twelve, asked about the parable. 11 And he said to them, You* have been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, but to those who are outside, all things happen in parables; 12 in order that seeing, they may see and yet may not know, and hearing, they may hear and yet may not understand; lest they should turn again and their sins might be forgiven them. 13 And he says to them, Do you* not know this parable? And how will you* know all the parables? 14 The sower is sowing the word. 15 Now these are those beside the road, wherever the word is sown, and whenever they hear, immediately the Adversary comes and takes away the word which has been sown in their hearts. 16 And likewise, these are those who are sown upon the rocky-areas, who, whenever they hear the word, they immediately receive it with joy; 17 and they have no root in themselves, but are temporary. Thereafter, after affliction or persecution happened to them because of the word, immediately they stumble.
18 And these are those who are sown among the thorns; those who hear the word, 19 and the anxieties of this age, and the deception of riches, and the lusts concerning all the rest of the worldly things travel into their hearts, are choking the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 And these are those who were sown upon the good soil; who hear the word and accept it, and bear-fruit, by thirty times and by sixty times and by a hundred times.
21 And he said to them, Do you come with a lamp in order that it might be placed under a peck container or under the bed? No, you bring it in order that it might be placed upon the lamp-stand. 22 For* there is not anything hidden, that it should not be made manifest, nor has anything secret happened, but in order that it should come into apparent view. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear. 24 And he said to them, Beware* what you* are hearing; in what measure, you* measure, it will be measured to you*, and to you* who hear, more will be added. 25 For* whoever has, to him will be given, and he who does not have, then what he has will be taken from him.

{Mar 4:26-29; no parallel.} 26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man cast seed upon the earth; 27 and he should sleep and should arise night and day, and the seed may sprout and should lengthen, he does not know how. 28 For* the earth is bearing-fruit by herself; first the blade, thereafter the top, then the full grain in the top. 29 But whenever the fruit gives way, immediately he sends forth the sickle, because the harvest is standing ready. {Mat 13:24-30.} {Mar 4:30-34 & Mat 13:31-35.} 30 And he said, To what may be similar to the kingdom of God? Or in what parable may we put it in comparison? 31 It is like a kernel of a mustard-seed, which, whenever it is sown upon the earth, though it is least compared to all the seeds that are upon the earth, 32 yet whenever it is sown, it shoots up and becomes greater than all the herbs and produces great branches; so-that the birds of the heaven are able to nest under its shadow.
33 And he was speaking the word to them with many such parables, as they were able to hear it. 34 But he was not speaking to them without a parable, but privately he was interpreting all things for his disciples. {Mat 13:36-53.} {Mar 4:35-41 & Mat:8:18-27 & Luk 8:22-25 Sea of Galilee.} 35 And after it became evening in that day, he says to them, We should go through to the area beyond-that. 36 And having left the crowd, they take him with them, as he was in the ship. But also other small-boats were with him. 37 And there becomes a great gale of wind, and the waves were putting water into the ship, so-that the ship now was being filled with water. 38 And he himself was upon the stern, sleeping upon the cushion, and they arouse him from his sleep and say to him, Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?
39 And he was aroused and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Be silent. Hush. And the wind paused and there became a great calm. 40 And he said to them, Why are you* so cowardly? How do you* not have faith? 41 And they feared with a great fear, and were saying to one another, Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea are obeying* him?
{Mar 5:1-21 & Mat 8:28-34 & Luk 8:26-40 Gergesa.}

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