Mark 4:29
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New International Version
As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come."

New Living Translation
And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come."

English Standard Version
But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Berean Study Bible
And as soon as the grain is ripe, he swings the sickle, because the harvest has come."

Berean Literal Bible
And when the fruit offers itself, he sends the sickle immediately, for the harvest has come."

New American Standard Bible
"But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."

King James Bible
But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But as soon as the crop is ready, he sends for the sickle, because the harvest has come."

International Standard Version
But when the grain is ripe, he immediately starts cutting with his sickle because the harvest time has come."

NET Bible
And when the grain is ripe, he sends in the sickle because the harvest has come."

New Heart English Bible
But when the fruit is ripe, immediately he puts forth the sickle, because the harvest has come."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But whenever the fruit ripens, immediately the sickle is brought because the harvest has arrived.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As soon as the grain is ready, he cuts it with a sickle, because harvest time has come."

New American Standard 1977
“But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he puts in the sickle because the harvest is come.

King James 2000 Bible
But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

American King James Version
But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

American Standard Version
But when the fruit is ripe, straightway he putteth forth the sickle, because the harvest is come.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

Darby Bible Translation
But when the fruit is produced, immediately he sends the sickle, for the harvest is come.

English Revised Version
But when the fruit is ripe, straightway he putteth forth the sickle, because the harvest is come.

Webster's Bible Translation
But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

Weymouth New Testament
But no sooner is the crop ripe, than he sends the reapers, because the time of harvest has come."

World English Bible
But when the fruit is ripe, immediately he puts forth the sickle, because the harvest has come."

Young's Literal Translation
and whenever the fruit may yield itself, immediately he doth send forth the sickle, because the harvest hath come.'
Study Bible
The Seed Growing Secretly
28All by itself the earth produces a crop—first the stalk, then the head, then grain that ripens within. 29And as soon as the grain is ripe, he swings the sickle, because the harvest has come.” 30Then He asked, “To what can we compare the kingdom of God? With what parable shall we present it?…
Cross References
Joel 3:13
Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread, for the wine press is full; The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great.

Mark 4:28
All by itself the earth produces a crop--first the stalk, then the head, then grain that ripens within.

Revelation 14:15
Then another angel came out of the temple, calling in a loud voice to the One seated on the cloud, "Swing Your sickle and reap, because the time has come to harvest; for the crop of the earth is ripe."

Revelation 14:18
Still another angel, with authority over the fire, came from the altar and called out in a loud voice to the angel with the sharp sickle, "Swing your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the vine of the earth, because its grapes are ripe."
Treasury of Scripture

But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

brought forth. or, ripe.

Job 5:26 You shall come to your grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn …

2 Timothy 4:7,8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith…

he putteth.

Isaiah 57:1,2 The righteous perishes, and no man lays it to heart: and merciful …

Joel 3:13 Put you in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; …

Matthew 13:30,40-43 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest …

Revelation 14:13-17 And I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, Write, Blessed are …

(29) He putteth in the sickle.--From one point of view, here again, the harvest is the end of the world (Matthew 13:39), and the putting in the sickle is the coming of Christ to judge. (Comp. the use of the same image in Revelation 14:14-18.) From the other, the harvest is the end of each man's life, and the sickle is in the hands of the Angel of Death.

Verse 29. - But when the fruit is ripe (ὅταν δὲ παραδῷ ὁ καρπὸς). The verb here is active; it might be rendered delivereth up, or alloweth. It is a peculiar expression, though evidently meaning "when the fruit is ready." He putteth forth the sickle, because the harvest is come. As soon as Christ's work is completed, whether in the Church or in the individual, "immediately" the sickle is sent forth. As soon as a Christian is ready for heaven, God calls him away; and therefore we may infer that it is unwise, if not sinful, for a Christian, pressed it may be with sickness or trouble, to be eager in wishing to leave this world. "It is one thing to be willing to go when God pleases; it is another thing to speak as though we wished to hasten our departure." "When the fruit is ripe, immediately he putteth forth the sickle." If therefore, the sickle is not yet sent forth, it is because the fruit is not yet fully ripe. The afflictions of the faithful are God's means to ripen them for heaven. They are the dressing which the Lord of the vineyard employs to make the tree more fruitful, to make the Christian more fruitful in grace, and more ripe for glory. But when the fruit is brought forth,.... Unto perfection, and is fully ripe; signifying that when grace is brought to maturity, and faith is performed with power, and the good work begun is perfected; then, as the husbandman,

immediately he putteth the sickle; and cuts it down, and gathers it in;

because the harvest is come; at death or at the end of the world, which the harvest represents: when all the elect of God are called by grace, and grace in them is brought to its perfection, and they have brought forth all the fruit they were ordained to bear, they will then be all gathered in; either by Christ himself who comes into his garden, and gathers his lilies by death; or by the angels, the reapers, at the close of time, who will gather the elect from the four winds; or the ministers of the Gospel, who shall come again with joy, bringing their sheaves with them; being able to observe with pleasure a greater increase, and more fruit of their labours, than they knew of, or expected. 29. But when the fruit is brought forth—to maturity

immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come—This charmingly points to the transition from the earthly to the heavenly condition of the Christian and the Church.

Parable of the Mustard Seed (Mr 4:30-32).

For the exposition of this portion, see on [1432]Mt 13:31, 32.4:21-34 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!
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