Mark 4:31
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New International Version
It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth.

New Living Translation
It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds,

English Standard Version
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth,

Berean Study Bible
It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds sown upon the earth.

Berean Literal Bible
As a grain of mustard, which, when it has been sown upon the earth, is smallest of all the seeds that are upon the earth,

New American Standard Bible
"It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil,

King James Bible
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It's like a mustard seed that, when sown in the soil, is smaller than all the seeds on the ground.

International Standard Version
It's like a mustard seed planted in the ground. Although it's the smallest of all the seeds on earth,

NET Bible
It is like a mustard seed that when sown in the ground, even though it is the smallest of all the seeds in the ground--

New Heart English Bible
It's like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, though it is less than all the seeds that are on the earth,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“It is like a grain of mustard seed, which when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the herb seeds on the earth.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It's like a mustard seed planted in the ground. The mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds on earth.

New American Standard 1977
It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil,

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that are in the earth;

King James 2000 Bible
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:

American King James Version
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:

American Standard Version
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown upon the earth, though it be less than all the seeds that are upon the earth,

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is as a grain of mustard seed: which when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that are in the earth:

Darby Bible Translation
As to a grain of mustard [seed], which, when it is sown upon the earth, is less than all seeds which are upon the earth,

English Revised Version
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown upon the earth, though it be less than all the seeds that are upon the earth,

Webster's Bible Translation
It is like a grain of mustard-seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that are in the earth.

Weymouth New Testament
It is like a mustard-seed, which, when sown in the earth, is the smallest of all the seeds in the world;

World English Bible
It's like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, though it is less than all the seeds that are on the earth,

Young's Literal Translation
As a grain of mustard, which, whenever it may be sown on the earth, is less than any of the seeds that are on the earth;
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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!
Study Bible
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
30Then He asked, “To what can we compare the kingdom of God? With what parable shall we present it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds sown upon the earth. 32But after it is planted, it grows to be larger than all garden plants and puts forth great branches, so that the birds of the air nest in its shade.”…
Cross References
Matthew 13:31
Jesus put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man planted in his field.

Mark 4:30
Then He asked, "To what can we compare the kingdom of God? With what parable shall we present it?

Mark 4:32
But after it is planted, it grows to be larger than all garden plants and puts forth great branches, so that the birds of the air nest in its shade."

Luke 17:6
And the Lord answered, "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you.
Treasury of Scripture

It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:

like.

Matthew 13:31-33 Another parable put he forth to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven …

Luke 13:18,19 Then said he, To what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall …

mustard seed. Mustard, [sinapi,] is a well-known plant of the tetradynamia siliquosa class, distinguished by its yellow cruciform flowers, with expanding calyx, and its pods smooth, square, and close to the stem. Its seed was probably the smallest known to the Jews; and though its ordinary height does not exceed four feet, yet a species grows to the height of from three to five cubits, with a tapering, ligneous stalk, and spreading branches.

is less than.

Genesis 22:17,18 That in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply …

Psalm 72:16-19 There shall be an handful of corn in the earth on the top of the …

Isaiah 2:2,3 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of …

Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, …

Isaiah 49:6,7 And he said, It is a light thing that you should be my servant to …

Isaiah 53:2,12 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root …

Isaiah 54:1-3 Sing, O barren, you that did not bear; break forth into singing, …

Isaiah 60:22 A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: …

Ezekiel 17:22-24 Thus said the Lord GOD; I will also take of the highest branch of …

Daniel 2:34,35,44,45 You saw till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote …

Amos 9:11-15 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, …

Micah 4:1,2 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of …

Zechariah 2:11 And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall …

Zechariah 8:20-23 Thus said the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there …

Zechariah 12:8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and …

Zechariah 14:6-9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be …

Malachi 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same …

Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same …

Acts 4:4 However, many of them which heard the word believed; and the number …

Acts 5:14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of …

Acts 19:20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

Acts 21:20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said to him, …

Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying…

Revelation 20:1-6 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless …

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