4:1 And again he began to teach by the seaside. And there is gathered to him a very great multitude, so that he entered into a boat, and sat in the sea; and all the multitude were by the sea on the land.
4:2 And he taught them many things in parables, and said to them in his teaching,
4:3 Listen: Look, the sower went forth to sow:
4:4 and it came to pass, as he sowed, some [seed] fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured it.
4:5 And other [seed] fell on the rocky [ground], where it did not have much earth; and right away it sprang up, because it had no deepness of earth:
4:6 and when the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
4:7 And other [seed] fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
4:8 And others fell into the good ground, and yielded fruit, growing up and increasing; and brought forth, thirtyfold, and sixtyfold, and a hundredfold.
4:9 And he said, Who has ears to hear, let him hear.
4:10 And when he was alone, those who were about him with the twelve asked of him the parables.
4:11 And he said to them, To you+ is given the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to those who are outside, all things are done in parables:
4:12 that seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest perhaps they should turn again, and it should be forgiven them.
4:13 And he says to them, Do you+ not know this parable? And how will you+ know all the parables?
4:14 The sower sows the word.
4:15 And these are those by the wayside, where the word is sown; and when they have heard, right away Satan comes, and takes away the word which has been sown in them.
4:16 And these are those who are sown on the rocky [places], who, when they have heard the word, right away receive it with joy;
4:17 and they have no root in themselves, but endure for awhile; then, when tribulation or persecution rises because of the word, right away they stumble.
4:18 And others are those who are sown among the thorns; these are those who have heard the word,
4:19 and the cares of the age, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
4:20 And those are the ones who were sown on the good ground: such as hear the word, and accept it, and bear fruit, thirtyfold, and sixtyfold, and a hundredfold.
4:21 And he said to them, Is the lamp brought to be put under the bushel, or under the bed, [and] not to be put on the lampstand?
4:22 For there is nothing hid, except that it should be manifested; neither was [anything] made secret, but that it should come to light.
4:23 If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.
4:24 And he said to them, Take heed what you+ hear: with what measure you+ mete it will be measured to you+; and more will be given to you+.
4:25 For he who has, to him will be given: and he who has not, from him will be taken away even that which he has.
4:26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed on the earth;
4:27 and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he doesn't know how.
4:28 The earth bears fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
4:29 But when the fruit is [ready to] deliver, right away he puts forth the sickle, because the harvest has come.
4:30 And he said, How shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or in what parable shall we set it forth?
4:31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown on the earth, though it is less than all the seeds that are on the earth,
4:32 yet when it is sown, grows up, and becomes greater than all the herbs, and puts out great branches; so that the birds of the heaven can lodge under its shadow.
4:33 And with many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it;
4:34 and without a parable he did not speak to them: but privately to his own disciples he expounded all things.
4:35 And on that day, when evening came, he says to them, Let us go over to the other side.
4:36 And leaving the multitude, they take him with them, even as he was, in the boat. And other boats were with him.
4:37 And there rises a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the boat, insomuch that the boat was now filling.
4:38 And he himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion: and they wake him, and say to him, Teacher, don't you care that we perish?
4:39 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.
4:40 And he said to them, Why are you+ fearful? Have you+ not yet faith?
4:41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
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