Mark 4 ©
The parable of the sower. Why Christ taught in parables. The exposition of the parable. The light of knowledge is given to be communicated to others. The kingdom of God likened to the seed which groweth imperceptibly: and to a grain of mustard seed. Christ stilleth a tempest by his word.
dHearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and ethe fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
And hsome fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
aIf any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
¶And he said, lWhereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:
But when it is sown, it mgroweth up, and becometh ngreater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.