Mark 4:28
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New International Version
All by itself the soil produces grain--first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.

New Living Translation
The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens.

English Standard Version
The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.

New American Standard Bible
"The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.

King James Bible
For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The soil produces a crop by itself--first the blade, then the head, and then the ripe grain on the head.

International Standard Version
the ground produces grain by itself—first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.

NET Bible
By itself the soil produces a crop, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For the earth produces fruit itself; first shall be the blade and afterward the ear, then finally the full wheat in the ear.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The ground produces grain by itself. First the green blade appears, then the head, then the head full of grain.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the earth brings forth fruit of herself: first the blade, then the ear, after that the full grain in the ear.

King James 2000 Bible
For the earth brings forth fruit of itself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full grain in the ear.

American King James Version
For the earth brings forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

American Standard Version
The earth beareth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the earth of itself bringeth forth fruit, first the blade, then the ear, afterwards the full corn in the ear.

Darby Bible Translation
The earth bears fruit of itself, first [the] blade, then an ear, then full corn in the ear.

English Revised Version
The earth beareth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the earth bringeth forth fruit of itself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

Weymouth New Testament
Of itself the land produces the crop-- first the blade, then the ear; afterwards the perfect grain is seen in the ear.

World English Bible
For the earth bears fruit: first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.

Young's Literal Translation
for of itself doth the earth bear fruit, first a blade, afterwards an ear, afterwards full corn in the ear;
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!

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself,.... Without any further help, or cultivation from the husbandman; though under the influence of the sun, dews, and showers of rain from heaven: this is said, not to denote that man of himself, upon hearing the word, can bring forth the fruit of grace in himself; he cannot regenerate himself, nor quicken, nor convert himself; he cannot believe in Christ, nor love the Lord of himself; nor repent of his sin, nor begin, or carry on the good work; he can neither sanctify his heart, nor mortify the deeds of the body; or even bring forth the fruits of good works, when converted. For all these things are owing to the Spirit, power, and grace of God: men are regenerated according to the abundant mercy of God, of water and of the Spirit, by the word of truth, through the sovereign will and pleasure of God; and they are quickened, who before were dead in trespasses and sins, and were as dry bones, by the Spirit of God breathing upon them: conversion in the first production, is the Lord's work; "turn thou me, and I shall be turned": faith in Christ is not of ourselves, it is the gift of God; and so is repentance unto life; love is one of the fruits of the Spirit, and in short, the whole work of grace is not by might, nor by power of man, but by the Spirit of the Lord of hosts; who begins and carries on, and performs it until the day of Christ: the work of sanctification, is therefore called the sanctification of the Spirit; and it is through him the deeds of the body are mortified: and indeed, without Christ, believers themselves can do nothing at all; even cannot perform good works, or do any action that is truly and spiritually good. But the design is to show, that as the earth without human power, without the husbandman, under the influence of the heavens, brings forth fruit; so without human power, without the Gospel minister, the word having taken root under divine influence, through the sun of righteousness, the dews of divine grace, and operations of the blessed Spirit, it rises up and brings forth fruit:

first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear; which, as it very aptly describes the progress of the seed from first to last; so it very beautifully represents the gradual increase of the work of grace, under the instrumentality of the word, accompanied with the Spirit and power of God. Grace at first appearance is very small, like the small green spire, when it first shoots out of the earth: light into a man's self, his heart, his state and condition, in the knowledge of Christ, and the doctrines of the Gospel, is but very small; he is one of little faith, and weak in the exercise of it: faith is but at first a small glimmering view of Christ, a venture upon him, a peradventure there may be life and salvation for such an one in him; it comes at length to a reliance and leaning upon him; and it is some time before the soul can walk alone by faith on him: its experience of the love of God is but small, but in process of time there is a growth and an increase; light increases, which shines more and more unto the perfect day; faith grows stronger and stronger; experience of the love of God is enlarged; and the believer wades in these waters of the sanctuary; not only as at first up to the ankles, but to the knees and loins; when at length they are a broad river to swim in, and which cannot be passed over.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

28. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear—beautiful allusion to the succession of similar stages, though not definitely marked periods, in the Christian life, and generally in the kingdom of God.

Mark 4:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Seed Growing Secretly
27and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows-- how, he himself does not know. 28"The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. 29"But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."
Cross References
Mark 4:27
Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.

Mark 4:29
As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come."
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For the earth brings forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

the earth.

Genesis 1:11,12 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding …

Genesis 2:4,5,9 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they …

Genesis 4:11,12 And now are you cursed from the earth, which has opened her mouth …

Isaiah 61:11 For as the earth brings forth her bud, and as the garden causes the …

first.

Mark 4:31,32 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the …

Psalm 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that …

Psalm 92:13,14 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in …

Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more …

Ecclesiastes 3:1,11 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under …

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth …

Philippians 1:6,9-11 Being confident of this very thing, that he which has begun a good …

Colossians 1:10 That you might walk worthy of the Lord to all pleasing, being fruitful …

1 Thessalonians 3:12,13 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, …

blade.

Matthew 13:26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared …

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