Mark 4 (19.0 KiB, 202 hits)
Last updated 19th April 2012
1. And again He began to teach along the sea. And a great crowd gathered to Him, so that He entered into a boat and sat on the sea, and the whole crowd was by the sea on the land.
2. And He taught them many things in parables and He spoke to them in His teaching:
3. “Listen. Look, a sower went out to sow.
4. And it happened as he sowed that some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
5. And other seed fell on stony ground where it did not have much earth, and immediately it sprang up because it did not have deep earth.
6. And when the sun rose it was scorched and because it did not have roots it withered.
7. And other seed fell into the thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it did not grow any fruits.
8. And other seed fell onto the good soil and grew up and increased and grew fruits; some produced thirty fruits and some sixty fruits and some a hundred fruits.”
9. And He said:
“Let anyone who has ears listen to this!”
10. And when He was by Himself those who were around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parables.
11. And He said to them:
“To you the mystery of the Kingdom of God has been given. To those who are outside all things are in parables
12. so that “they might look and look and not see, and that they may hear and hear and not understand in case they turn and are forgiven.””
13. And He said to them:
“Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?!
14. The sower sows the word.
15. These are those along the way. When the word is sown and they hear it, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word sown in them.
16. And these are those sown on the stony ground: these are those who hear the word and immediately receive it joyfully.
17. However they do not have roots in themselves but are temporary. Then when affliction or persecution occurs because of the word they are immediately caused to stumble.
18. And others are those who are sown among the thorns. These are those who hear the word,
19. but the cares of this age and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word and it does not bear any fruit.
20. And these are those sown on the good soil, who hear the word and receive it and bear fruit: some thirty fruits and some sixty fruits and some a hundred fruits.”
21. Then He said to them:
“Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under the bed? Is it not brought to be put on a lamp stand?
22. For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, and there is nothing secret which will not be made open.
23. Let anyone who has ears to hear, hear this.”
24. And He said to them:
“Pay attention to what you hear. For with the measure that you measure it will be measured to you and more will be added to you.
25. For whoever has, to him more will be given. And whoever does not have, even what he does have will be taken away from him.”
26. And He said:
“The Kingdom of God is like this: like when a man scatters seed on the ground
27. and he sleeps and he gets up night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows in a way he does not know.
28. The earth bears fruit by itself, first the blade then the ear then the full grain in the ear.
29. When it produces grain, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
30. And He said:
“To what shall I liken the Kingdom of God or with what parable should I present it?
31. It is like a grain of mustard, which when it is sown on the earth, it is smaller than all the seeds on the earth.
32. And when it is sown, it grows and becomes greater than all the herbs and grows great branches, so that the birds of heaven can shelter under its shade.”
33. And with many such parables as these He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it.
34. He did not speak to them without a parable. But when they were alone He explained everything to His disciples.
35. And He said to them that day when it was evening:
“Let us go over to the other side.”
36. And sending away the crowd they took Him along as He was in the boat, and other boats were with them.
37. And there arose a great gale of wind and the waves were thrown into the boat, so that the boat was already being filled.
38. And He was in the prow sleeping on the cushion. And they woke Him and said to Him: “Master, does it not concern You that we are being destroyed?!”
39. And He arose and rebuked the wind and spoke to the sea:
“Be quiet, be still!”
And the wind dropped and there was a great calm.
40. And He said to them:
“Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?!”
41. And they were greatly afraid and said to one another:
“Who is this that even the wind and the sea obey Him?!”