Mark 4:4
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New International Version
As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

New Living Translation
As he scattered it across his field, some of the seed fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate it.

English Standard Version
And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.

Berean Study Bible
As he was sowing, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.

Berean Literal Bible
And it came to pass as he sowed, some fell along the road, and the birds came and devoured it.

New American Standard Bible
as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up.

King James Bible
And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As he sowed, this occurred: Some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

International Standard Version
As he was sowing, some seeds fell along the path, and birds came and ate them up.

NET Bible
And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.

New Heart English Bible
And it happened, as he sowed, some seed fell by the road, and the birds came and devoured it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And as he sowed, there was some that fell on the side of the road and a bird came and ate it.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Some seeds were planted along the road, and birds came and devoured them.

New American Standard 1977
and it came about that as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and it came to pass as he sowed some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the wayside, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.

American King James Version
And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.

American Standard Version
and it came to pass, as he sowed, some'seed fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And whilst he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the birds of the air came and ate it up.

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass as he sowed, one fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured it.

English Revised Version
and it came to pass, as he sowed, some seed fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured it.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass as he sowed, some fell by the way-side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it.

Weymouth New Testament
As he sows, some of the seed falls by the way-side, and the birds come and peck it up.

World English Bible
and it happened, as he sowed, some seed fell by the road, and the birds came and devoured it.

Young's Literal Translation
and it came to pass, in the sowing, some fell by the way, and the fowls of the heaven did come and devour it;
Study Bible
The Parable of the Sower
3“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4As he was sowing, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. 5Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:4
As he was sowing, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.

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

Mark 4:5
Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.
Treasury of Scripture

And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.

Mark 4:15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when …

Genesis 15:11 And when the fowls came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

Matthew 13:4,19 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls …

Luke 8:5,12 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the …

And it came to pass, as he sowed,.... Whilst he was preaching the, Gospel, casting about the precious seed of the word, he was laden with:

some fell by the way side; the common beaten path: the word was dispensed among some men comparable to it, on whom it lighted, but made no impression; there it lay, though not long, and was not inwardly received, and took no root, and consequently was of no effect:

and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up; the devils, who have their abode in the air, especially the prince of the posse of them; and the Syriac version reads it in the singular number, "and the fowl came"; that ravenous bird of prey, Satan, who goes about seeking what he may devour; and for this purpose attends where the word is preached, to hinder its usefulness as much as in him lies. 4. And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the wayside—by the side of the hard path through the field, where the soil was not broken up.

and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up—Not only could the seed not get beneath the surface, but "it was trodden down" (Lu 8:5), and afterwards picked up and devoured by the fowls. What means this? See on [1419]Mr 4:15.

Second Case: The Stony or rather, Rocky Ground. (Mr 4:5, 16).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.
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