Mark 4:21-41 Revised Standard Version

A Candle under a Bushel

21  And he said to them, "Is a lamp brought in to be put under a bushel, or under a bed, and not on a stand? 22  For there is nothing hid, except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. 23  If any man has ears to hear, let him hear." 24  And he said to them, "Take heed what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. 25  For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away."

The Parable of the Growing Seed

26  And he said, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground, 27  and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how. 28  The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29  But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

30  And he said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31  It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32  yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade."

Jesus' Use of Parables

33  With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34  he did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.

Jesus Calms a Storm

35  On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, "Let us go across to the other side." 36  And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37  And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38  But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care if we perish?" 39  And he awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40  He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?" 41  And they were filled with awe, and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?"

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