Mark 4:1-20 Darby’s Translation

The Parable of the Sower

4 1  And again he began to teach by the sea. And a great crowd was gathered together to him, so that going on board ship he sat in the sea, and all the crowd were close to the sea on the land. 2  And he taught them many things in parables. And he said to them in his doctrine, 3  Hearken: Behold, the sower went forth to sow. 4  And it came to pass as he sowed, one fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured it. 5  And another fell on the rocky ground, where it had not much earth, and immediately it sprung up out [of the ground] because it had no depth of earth; 6  and when the sun arose it was burnt up, and because of its not having any root, it withered. 7  And another fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 8  And another fell into the good ground, and yielded fruit, growing up and increasing; and bore, one thirty, and one sixty, and one a hundred. 9  And he said, He that has ears to hear, let him hear. 10  And when he was alone, those about him with the twelve asked him [as to] the parables. 11  And he said to them, To you is given [to know] the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to them who are without, all things are done in parables, 12  that beholding they may behold and not see, and hearing they may hear and not understand, lest it may be, they should be converted and they should be forgiven. 13  And he says to them, Do ye not know this parable? and how will ye be acquainted with all the parables? 14  The sower sows the word: 15  and these are they by the wayside where the word is sown, and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16  And these are they in like manner who are sown upon the rocky places, who when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy, 17  and they have no root in themselves, but are for a time: then, tribulation arising, or persecution on account of the word, immediately they are offended. 18  And others are they who are sown among the thorns: these are they who have heard the word, 19  and the cares of life, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things, entering in, choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20  And these are they who have been sown on the good ground, such as hear the word and receive it, and bear fruit; one thirty, and one sixty, and one a hundred [fold].


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