Mark 4:3
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New International Version
"Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.

New Living Translation
"Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seed.

English Standard Version
“Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow.

Berean Study Bible
"Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.

Berean Literal Bible
"Listen! Behold, the one sowing went out to sow.

New American Standard Bible
"Listen to this! Behold, the sower went out to sow;

King James Bible
Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Listen! Consider the sower who went out to sow.

International Standard Version
"Listen! A farmer went out to sow.

NET Bible
"Listen! A sower went out to sow.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Listen; behold, a sower went out to sow.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Listen! A farmer went to plant seed.

New American Standard 1977
“Listen to this! Behold, the sower went out to sow;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hearken; Behold, the sower went out to sow;

King James 2000 Bible
Listen; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:

American King James Version
Listen; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:

American Standard Version
Hearken: Behold, the sower went forth to sow:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear ye: Behold, the sower went out to sow.

Darby Bible Translation
Hearken: Behold, the sower went forth to sow.

English Revised Version
Hearken: Behold, the sower went forth to sow:

Webster's Bible Translation
Hearken; Behold, a sower went out to sow:

Weymouth New Testament
"Listen: the sower goes out to sow.

World English Bible
"Listen! Behold, the farmer went out to sow,

Young's Literal Translation
'Hearken, lo, the sower went forth to sow;
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

Verses 3-8. - Hearken (Ακούετε). This word is introduced in St. Mark's narrative only; and it is very suitable to the warning at ver. 9, "he hath ears to hear, let him hear. The sower went forth to sow. The scope of this beautiful parable is this: Christ teaches us that he is the Sower, that is, the great Preacher of the gospel among men.

1. But not all who hear the gospel believe it and receive it; just as some of the seed sown fell by the wayside, on the hard footpath, where it could not penetrate the ground, but lay upon the surface, and so was picked up by the birds.

2. Again, not all who hear and believe persevere in the faith; some fall away; like the seed sown on rocky ground, which springs up indeed, but for want of depth of soil puts forth no root, and is soon scorched by the rising sun, and, being without root, withers away.

3. But further, not all who show faith bring forth the fruit of good works; like the seed sown among the thorns, which, growing up together with it, choked it (συνέπνιξαν αὐτὸ); such is the meaning. St. Luke has the words (συμφυεῖσαι αἱ ἄκανθαι ἀπέπνιξαν), "the thorns grew up with it and choked it."

4. But, lastly, there are those who receive the gospel in the love of it, and bring forth fruit, not, however, in equal measures, but some thirtyfold, some sixty, some a hundred; and this on account of the greater influences of grace, or on account of the more ready co-operation of the free-will of man with the sovereign grace of God. The whole parable marks a gradation. In the first case the seed produces nothing; in the second it produces only the blade; in the third it is near the point of producing fruit, but fails to bring forth to perfection; in the fourth it yields fruit, but in different measures.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Hearken, behold, there went out a sower to sow. By whom is meant Jesus Christ, who came forth from God as a teacher, and went out into the land of Judea to preach the Gospel, which is sowing spiritual things among men; and this may be also applicable to any faithful minister of the word.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

Mr 4:3, 14. The Sower, the Seed, and the Soil.

3. Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow—What means this? See on [1418]Mr 4:14.

First Case: The Wayside. (Mr 4:4, 15).

Mark 4:3 Additional Commentaries
The Parable of the Sower
2And He was teaching them many things in parables, and was saying to them in His teaching, 3"Listen to this! Behold, the sower went out to sow; 4as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:3
Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed.

Mark 4:2
He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said:

Mark 4:4
As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
Treasury of Scripture

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Mark 4:9,23 And he said to them, He that has ears to hear, let him hear…

Mark 7:14,16 And when he had called all the people to him, he said to them, Listen …

Deuteronomy 4:1 Now therefore listen, O Israel, to the statutes and to the judgments, …

Psalm 34:11 Come, you children, listen to me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Psalm 45:10 Listen, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear; forget also …

Proverbs 7:24 Listen to me now therefore, O you children, and attend to the words of my mouth.

Proverbs 8:32 Now therefore listen to me, O you children: for blessed are they …

Isaiah 46:3,12 Listen to me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house …

Isaiah 55:1,2 Ho, every one that thirsts, come you to the waters, and he that has …

Acts 2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and …

Hebrews 2:1-3 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which …

James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

Revelation 2:7,11,29 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches; …


Mark 4:14,26-29 The sower sows the word…

Ecclesiastes 11:6 In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening withhold not your …

Isaiah 28:23-26 Give you ear, and hear my voice; listen, and hear my speech…

Matthew 13:3,24,26 And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower …

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

John 4:35-38 Say not you, There are yet four months, and then comes harvest? behold, …

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

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