Luke 8:15
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New International Version
But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

New Living Translation
And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God's word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.

English Standard Version
As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.

New American Standard Bible
"But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.

King James Bible
But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the seed in the good ground--these are the ones who, having heard the word with an honest and good heart, hold on to it and by enduring, bear fruit.

International Standard Version
But the ones on the good soil are the people who hear the word but also hold on to it with good and honest hearts, producing a crop through endurance."

NET Bible
But as for the seed that landed on good soil, these are the ones who, after hearing the word, cling to it with an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with steadfast endurance.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But these which are on the good ground are those who hear the word with a pure and good heart, and they hold onto it and they yield fruit with patience.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The seeds that were planted on good ground are people who also hear the word. But they keep it in their good and honest hearts and produce what is good despite what life may bring.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But that on the good ground are those who in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it and bring forth fruit with patience.

King James 2000 Bible
But that on the good ground are they, who in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

American King James Version
But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

American Standard Version
And that in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But that on the good ground, are they who in a good and perfect heart, hearing the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit in patience.

Darby Bible Translation
But that in the good ground, these are they who in an honest and good heart, having heard the word keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

English Revised Version
And that in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Webster's Bible Translation
But that on the good ground are they, who in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Weymouth New Testament
But as for that in the good ground, it means those who, having listened to the Message with open minds and in a right spirit, hold it fast, and patiently yield a return.

World English Bible
That in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it tightly, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Young's Literal Translation
And that in the good ground: These are they, who in an upright and good heart, having heard the word, do retain it, and bear fruit in continuance.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:4-21 There are many very needful and excellent rules and cautions for hearing the word, in the parable of the sower, and the application of it. Happy are we, and for ever indebted to free grace, if the same thing that is a parable to others, with which they are only amused, is a plain truth to us, by which we are taught and governed. We ought to take heed of the things that will hinder our profiting by the word we hear; to take heed lest we hear carelessly and slightly, lest we entertain prejudices against the word we hear; and to take heed to our spirits after we have heard the word, lest we lose what we have gained. The gifts we have, will be continued to us or not, as we use them for the glory of God, and the good of our brethren. Nor is it enough not to hold the truth in unrighteousness; we should desire to hold forth the word of life, and to shine, giving light to all around. Great encouragement is given to those who prove themselves faithful hearers of the word, by being doers of the work. Christ owns them as his relations.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the Word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. In this portraiture of the fourth class of our Lord's great life-picture of hearers of and inquirers concerning religion, the Greek words rendered in the Authorized Version "honest" and "good" ("in an honest and good heart ") were words well known and in familiar use among the widely spread Greek-speaking peoples for whom especially St. Luke's Gospel was compiled. Professor Bruce ('Parabolic Teaching of Christ,' ch. 1.) remarks that "the man who united the two qualities expressed by the term 'honest' (better rendered 'noble') and 'good,' represented the beau-ideal of manhood. He was one whose aim was noble, and who was generously devoted to his aim. The expression rendered 'honest' (better translated 'noble,' καλός) has reference to aims or chief ends, and describes one whose mind is raised above moral vulgarity, and is bent, not on money-making and such low pursuits, but on the attainment of wisdom, holiness, and righteousness. The epithet rendered 'good' (ἀγαθός) denotes generous self-abandonment in the prosecution of lofty ends; large-heartedness, magnanimous, overflowing devotion." Mary of Bethany, with her devoted love and her generous friendship; the centurion Cornelius, with his fervent piety and his noble generosity towards a despised and hated race; Barnabas, with his splendid liberality, his utter absence of care for self, his bright, loving trust in human nature, his true charity, "bearing all things, hoping all things;" - are good examples, drawn from different sexes and from varied races, and out of diverse paths of life, of these true inquirers, who not only hear the Word, but keep it.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But that on the good ground are they,.... The seed that fell on good ground design such hearers,

which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it: who hear with an honest and good intention, and faithfully keep it, and hold it fast:

and bring forth fruit with patience; with great constancy, suffering much for the sake of it; and the more they suffer, the more fruitful they are. See this explanation of the parable more largely insisted on in the following notes. See Gill on Matthew 13:19, Matthew 13:20, Matthew 13:21, Matthew 13:22, Matthew 13:23



Luke 8:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Sower
14"The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 15"But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.
Cross References
Luke 8:14
The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.

Luke 8:16
"No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.

Romans 2:7
To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.

Romans 8:25
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Treasury of Scripture

But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

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Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that …

Deuteronomy 30:6 And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of …

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of …

Jeremiah 32:29 And the Chaldeans, that fight against this city, shall come and set …

Ezekiel 36:26,27 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within …

Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: …

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: …

James 1:16-19 Do not err, my beloved brothers…

1 Peter 2:1,2 Why laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and …

keep.

Luke 11:28 But he said, Yes rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, …

Job 23:11,12 My foot has held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined…

Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, …

Psalm 119:11,127-129 Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you…

Proverbs 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments:

Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found, and I did eat them; and your word was to me …

John 14:15,21-24 If you love me, keep my commandments…

John 15:10 If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as …

1 Corinthians 7:19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping …

Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which …

James 1:22-25 But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves…

1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

bring.

Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.

Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and …

Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you …

Romans 7:4 Why, my brothers, you also are become dead to the law by the body …

Galatians 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

Philippians 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus …

Philippians 3:13-15 Brothers, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing …

Colossians 1:6,10 Which is come to you, as it is in all the world; and brings forth …

Hebrews 6:11,12 And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to …

Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will …

James 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and …

James 5:7,8 Be patient therefore, brothers, to the coming of the Lord. Behold, …

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