Mark 4:21-41 Bible in Basic English

A Candle under a Bushel

21  And he said to them, When the light comes in, do people put it under a vessel, or under the bed, and not on its table? 22  There is nothing covered which will not be seen openly, and nothing has been made secret which will not come to light. 23  If any man has ears, let him give ear. 24  And he said to them, Take care what you give ear to: in the same measure as you give you will get, and more will be given to you. 25  He who has, to him will be given: and he who has not, from him will be taken even that which he has.

The Parable of the Growing Seed

26  And he said, Such is the kingdom of God, as if a man put seed in the earth, 27  And went to sleep and got up, night and day, and the seed came to growth, though he had no idea how. 28  The earth gives fruit by herself; first the leaf, then the head, then the full grain. 29  But when the grain is ready, he quickly sends men to get it cut, because the time for cutting has come.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

30  And he said, What picture may we give of the kingdom of God, or with what story may we make it clear? 31  It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is put in the earth, is smaller than all the seeds on the earth, 32  But when it is planted, it comes up, and becomes taller than all the plants, and puts out great branches, so that the birds of heaven are able to take rest in its shade.

Jesus' Use of Parables

33  And with a number of such stories he gave them his teaching, as they were able to take it: 34  And without a story he said nothing to them: but privately to his disciples he made all things clear.

Jesus Calms a Storm

35  And on that day, when the evening had come, he said to them, Let us go over to the other side. 36  And going away from the people, they took him with them, as he was, in the boat. And other boats were with him. 37  And a great storm of wind came up, and the waves came into the boat, so that the boat was now becoming full. 38  And he himself was in the back of the boat, sleeping on the cushion: and they, awaking him, said, Master, is it nothing to you that we are in danger of destruction? 39  And he came out of his sleep, and gave strong orders to the wind, and said to the sea, Peace, be at rest. And the wind went down, and there was a great calm. 40  And he said to them, Why are you full of fear? have you still no faith? 41  And their fear was great, and they said one to another, Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea do his orders?

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