Mark 4:14
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New International Version
The farmer sows the word.

New Living Translation
The farmer plants seed by taking God's word to others.

English Standard Version
The sower sows the word.

New American Standard Bible
"The sower sows the word.

King James Bible
The sower soweth the word.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The sower sows the word.

International Standard Version
The farmer sows the word.

NET Bible
The sower sows the word.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“The sower, who sowed, sowed the word.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The farmer plants the word.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The sower is he who sows the word.

King James 2000 Bible
The sower sows the word.

American King James Version
The sower sows the word.

American Standard Version
The sower soweth the word.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that soweth, soweth the word.

Darby Bible Translation
The sower sows the word:

English Revised Version
The sower soweth the word.

Webster's Bible Translation
The sower soweth the word.

Weymouth New Testament
"What the sower sows is the Message.

World English Bible
The farmer sows the word.

Young's Literal Translation
He who is sowing doth sow the word;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:1-20 This parable contained instruction so important, that all capable of hearing were bound to attend to it. There are many things we are concerned to know; and if we understand not the plain truths of the gospel, how shall we learn those more difficult! It will help us to value the privileges we enjoy as disciples of Christ, if we seriously consider the deplorable state of all who have not such privileges. In the great field of the church, the word of God is dispensed to all. Of the many that hear the word of the gospel, but few receive it, so as to bring forth fruit. Many are much affected with the word for the present, who yet receive no abiding benefit. The word does not leave abiding impressions upon the minds of men, because their hearts are not duly disposed to receive it. The devil is very busy about careless hearers, as the fowls of the air go about the seed that lies above ground. Many continue in a barren, false profession, and go down to hell. Impressions that are not deep, will not last. Many do not mind heart-work, without which religion is nothing. Others are hindered from profiting by the word of God, by abundance of the world. And those who have but little of the world, may yet be ruined by indulging the body. God expects and requires fruit from those who enjoy the gospel, a temper of mind and Christian graces daily exercised, Christian duties duly performed. Let us look to the Lord, that by his new-creating grace our hearts may become good ground, and that the good seed of the word may produce in our lives those good words and works which are through Jesus Christ, to the praise and glory of God the Father.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. -The sower soweth the word. St. Matthew (Matthew 13:19) calls it "the word of the kingdom" - an expression equivalent to "the gospel of the kingdom," not merely moral truth, but spiritual and eternal.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The sower soweth the word. Though our Lord thought fit to give the above gentle rebuke to his disciples for their dulness; yet he condescends to favour them with an interpretation of the above parable, which here begins: by this it appears, that the seed in the parable, before delivered, and which fell on different sorts of ground, is the word of God, which was preached to hearers of different dispositions: the word is the word of life and truth; the word of peace and reconciliation; the word of faith and righteousness; the word of salvation; the word which publishes and declares all these to be in and by Jesus Christ.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. The sower soweth the word—or, as in Luke (Lu 8:11), "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God." But who is "the sower?" This is not expressed here because if "the word of God" be the seed, every scatterer of that precious seed must be regarded as a sower. It is true that in the parable of the tares it is said, "He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man," as "He that soweth the tares is the devil" (Mt 13:37, 38). But these are only the great unseen parties, struggling in this world for the possession of man. Each of these has his agents among men themselves; and Christ's agents in the sowing of the good seed are the preachers of the word. Thus, as in all the cases about to be described, the sower is the same, and the seed is the same; while the result is entirely different, the whole difference must lie in the soils, which mean the different states of the human heart. And so, the great general lesson held forth in this parable of the sower is, that however faithful the preacher, and how pure soever his message, the effect of the preaching of the word depends upon the state of the hearer's heart. Now follow the cases. See on [1426]Mr 4:4.

Mark 4:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Sower Explained
13And He said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand all the parables? 14"The sower sows the word. 15"These are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown; and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:3
Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed.

Mark 4:13
Then Jesus said to them, "Don't you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?

Mark 4:15
Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.

Luke 1:2
just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.
Treasury of Scripture

The sower sows the word.

sower. See on ver.

Mark 4:3 Listen; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:

Isaiah 32:20 Blessed are you that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither …

Matthew 13:19,37 When any one hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, …

Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

the word.

Mark 2:2 And straightway many were gathered together, so that there was no …

Colossians 1:5,6 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard …

1 Peter 1:23-25 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, …

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