Mark 4:26
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New International Version
He also said, "This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.

New Living Translation
Jesus also said, "The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground.

English Standard Version
And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground.

New American Standard Bible
And He was saying, "The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil;

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"The kingdom of God is like this," He said. "A man scatters seed on the ground;

International Standard Version
He was also saying, "The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seeds on the ground.

NET Bible
He also said, "The kingdom of God is like someone who spreads seed on the ground.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he said, “Thus is the Kingdom of God like a man who cast seed in the ground.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seeds on the ground.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He also said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground

King James 2000 Bible
And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

American King James Version
And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

American Standard Version
And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed upon the earth;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said: So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the earth,

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, Thus is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast the seed upon the earth,

English Revised Version
And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed upon the earth;

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

Weymouth New Testament
Another saying of His was this: "The Kingdom of God is as if a man scattered seed over the ground:

World English Bible
He said, "The Kingdom of God is as if a man should cast seed on the earth,

Young's Literal Translation
And he said, 'Thus is the reign of God: as if a man may cast the seed on the earth,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:21-34 These declarations were intended to call the attention of the disciples to the word of Christ. By his thus instructing them, they were made able to instruct others; as candles are lighted, not to be covered, but to be placed on a candlestick, that they may give light to a room. This parable of the good seed, shows the manner in which the kingdom of God makes progress in the world. Let but the word of Christ have the place it ought to have in a soul, and it will show itself in a good conversation. It grows gradually: first the blade; then the ear; after that the full corn in the ear. When it is sprung up, it will go forward. The work of grace in the soul is, at first, but the day of small things; yet it has mighty products even now, while it is in its growth; but what will there be when it is perfected in heaven!

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 26-28. - This parable is recorded by St. Mark alone. It differs greatly from the parable of the sower, although both of them are founded upon the imagery of the seed cast into the ground. In both cases the seed represents the doctrine of the gospel; the field represents the hearers; the harvest the end of the world, or perhaps the death of each individual hearer. So is the kingdom of God, in its progress from its establishment to its completion. The sower casts seed upon the earth, not without careful preparation of the soil, but without further sowing. And then he pursues his ordinary business. He sleeps by night; he rises by day; he has leisure for other employment; his work as a sower is finished. Meanwhile the seed germinates and grows by its own hidden virtues, assisted by the earth, the sun, and the air, the sower knowing nothing of the mysterious process. First comes the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear. Such is the preaching of the gospel. Here, therefore, the sower represents human responsibility in the work. The vitality of the seed is independent of his labour. The earth develops the plant from the seed by those natural but mysterious processes through which the Creator is ever working. So in spiritual things, the sower commences the work, and the grace of God perfects it in the heart which receives these influences. The earth beareth fruit of herself. In like manner, by degrees, the faith of Christ increases through the preaching of the gospel; and the Church grows and expands. And what is true of the Church collectively is true also of each individual member of the Church. For the heart of each faithful Christian produces first the blade, when it conceives good desires and begins to put them into action; then the ear, when it brings them to good effect; and lastly the full corn in the ear, when it brings them to their full maturity and perfection. Hence our Lord in this parable intimates that they who labour for the conversion of souls ought, with much patience, to wait for the fruit of 'their labour, as the husbandman waits with much patience for the precious fruits of the earth.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he said,.... He went on saying the following parable, which was delivered at the same time that the parable of the sower was, though omitted by Matthew; and is here placed between that, and the other concerning the grain of mustard seed; which shows the time when it was spoken. The design of it is to set forth the nature of the word, and the ministration of it; the conduct of the ministers of the Gospel, when they have dispensed it; the imperceptibleness of its springing and growth; the fruitfulness of it, when it has taken root, without the help of man; the gradual increase of grace under the instrumentality of the word; and the gathering of gracious souls, when grace is brought to maturity:

so is the kingdom of God; such is the nature of the Gospel dispensation; and such are the things that are done in it, as may fitly be represented by the following;

as if a man should cast seed into the ground: by "the man", is not meant Christ, for he sleeps not; and besides, he knows how the seed springs and grows; but any Gospel minister, who is sent forth by Christ, bearing precious seed: and by seed is intended, not gracious persons, the children of the kingdom, as in the parable of the tares; nor the grace of God in them, though that is an incorruptible and an abiding seed; but the word of God, or Gospel of Christ, so called for its smallness, the diminutive character it bears, and contempt it is had in by some; and for its choiceness and excellency in itself, and in the account of others; and for its generative virtue under a divine influence: for the Gospel is like the manna, which was a small round thing, as a coriander seed; and as that was contemptible in the eyes of the Israelites, so the preaching of the Gospel is, to them that perish, foolishness; and yet it is choice and precious seed in itself, and to those who know the value of it, by whom it is preferred to thousands of gold and silver; and, as worthless and unpromising as it may seem to be, it has a divine virtue put into it; and, under the influence of powerful and efficacious grace, it is the means of regenerating souls, and produces fruit in them, which will remain unto everlasting life: though, as the seed is of no use this way, unless it is sown in the earth, and covered there; so is the Gospel of no use for regeneration, unless it is by the power of God let into the heart, and received there, where, through that power, it works effectually. By "casting" it into the earth, the preaching of the word is designed; which, like casting seed into the earth, is done with the same sort of seed only, and not with different sorts, with plenty of it, and at the proper time, whatever discouragements there may be, and with great skill and judgment, committing it to God to raise it up again: for the faithful dispensers of the word do not spread divers and strange doctrines; their ministry is all of apiece; they always sow the same like precious seed, without any mixture of the tares of error and heresy; and they do not deal it out in a narrow and niggardly way; they do not restrain and conceal any part of truth, but plentifully distribute it, and declare the whole counsel of God; and though there may be many discouragements attend them, many temptations arise to put off from sowing the word; the weather bad, storms and tempests arise, reproaches and persecutions come thick and fast, still they go on; using all that heavenly skill, prudence, and discretion God has given them, preaching the word in season, and out of season; and when they have done, they leave their work with the Lord, knowing that Paul may plant, and Apollos water, but it is God only that gives the increase: and by the "ground", into which it is cast, As meant the hearers of the word, who are of different sorts; some like the way side, others like the stony ground, and others like the thorny earth, and some like good ground, as here; whose hearts are broke up by the Spirit of God, the stoniness of them taken away, and they made susceptive of the good word.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

26, 27. So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep, and rise night and day—go about his other ordinary occupations, leaving it to the well-known laws of vegetation under the genial influences of heaven. This is the sense of "the earth bringing forth fruit of herself," in Mr 4:27.

Mark 4:26 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Seed Growing Secretly
26And He was saying, "The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; 27and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows-- how, he himself does not know.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:24
Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.

Mark 4:25
Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them."

Mark 4:27
Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.
Treasury of Scripture

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

So.

Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the …

Matthew 13:11,31,33 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know …

Luke 13:18 Then said he, To what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall …

as.

Mark 4:3,4,14 Listen; Behold, there went out a sower to sow…

Proverbs 11:18 The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him that sows righteousness …

Ecclesiastes 11:4,6 He that observes the wind shall not sow; and he that regards the …

Isaiah 28:24-26 Does the plowman plow all day to sow? does he open and break the …

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

Matthew 13:3,24 And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower …

Luke 8:5,11 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the …

John 4:36-38 And he that reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit to life eternal: …

John 12:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the …

1 Corinthians 3:6-9 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase…

James 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

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

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