Mark 4 ©

1 Christ declares the state of the Kingdom of God by several similitudes; first of a sower, whose seed fell upon different grounds. 10 Relates the cause why He speaks by parables. 15 And interprets the foregoing parable in particular to His disciples. 21 Afterwards of a candle that is set on a candlestick. 24 Of the measure wherewith men mete out. 26 Of the seed that grows up to its ripeness but by degrees. 30 Of the mustard seed. 35 Passes over the sea with His disciples, is awaked while sleeping in the ship and stills the tempest.


AND hea began again to teach by 1the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.


And he taught them many things by 2parables, and said unto them 3in his doctrine,


Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:


And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.


And some fell on stony ground, where it had 4not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:


But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had 5no root, it withered away.


And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.


And 6other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and 7some sixty, and 8some an hundred.


And he said unto them, 9He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.


Andb when he was alone, they 10that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.


And he said unto them, Untoc you it is given 11to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: butd unto them 12that are without, all these things are done in parables:


13Thate seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.


And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?


¶Thef sower soweth 14the word.


And these 15are they by the way side, 16where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.


And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;


And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, 17immediately they are offended.


And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,


Andg the cares of this 18world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of 19other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.


And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.


¶Andh he said unto them, 20Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under 21a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?


Fori there is 22nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.


If any man have ears to hear, let him 23hear.


And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: withj what 24measure ye mete,k it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.


Forl he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.


¶And he said, So is the 25kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;


And should 26sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and 27grow up, he knoweth not how.


For the earth bringeth forth fruit 28of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.


But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest 29is come.


¶Andm he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?


It is like a grain 30of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is 31less than all the seeds that be in the earth:


But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh 32greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.


Andn with many such parables spake he 33the word unto them, 34as they were able to hear it.


But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.


Ando the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over 35unto the other side.


And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.


And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.


And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, 36Master, 37carest thou not that we perish?


And he arose, and rebukedp the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.


And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have 38no faith?


And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?