Matthew 13:20
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New International Version
The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.

New Living Translation
The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy.

English Standard Version
As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy,

Berean Study Bible
The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and promptly receives it with joy.

Berean Literal Bible
And the one having been sown upon the rocky places, this is the one hearing the word and immediately receiving it with joy.

New American Standard Bible
"The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;

King James Bible
But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And the one sown on rocky ground--this is one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy.

International Standard Version
As for what was sown on the stony ground, this is the person who hears the word and accepts it joyfully at once,

NET Bible
The seed sown on rocky ground is the person who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy.

New Heart English Bible
And what was sown on the rocky places, this is he who hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But that which was sown upon the rock is the one who hears the word, and immediately with joy he receives it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The seed planted on rocky ground [is the person who] hears the word and accepts it at once with joy.

New American Standard 1977
“And the one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word, and immediately receives it with joy;

Jubilee Bible 2000
But he that was planted in stony places, the same is he that hears the word and receives it immediately with joy;

King James 2000 Bible
But he that received the seed in stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it;

American King James Version
But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it;

American Standard Version
And he that was sown upon the rocky places, this is he that heareth the word, and straightway with joy receiveth it;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he that received the seed upon stony ground, is he that heareth the word, and immediately receiveth it with joy.

Darby Bible Translation
But he that is sown on the rocky places -- this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy,

English Revised Version
And he that was sown upon the rocky places, this is he that heareth the word, and straightway with joy receiveth it;

Webster's Bible Translation
But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and immediately with joy receiveth it;

Weymouth New Testament
He who has received the seed on the rocky ground is the man who hears the Message and immediately receives it with joy.

World English Bible
What was sown on the rocky places, this is he who hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it;

Young's Literal Translation
'And that sown on the rocky places, this is he who is hearing the word, and immediately with joy is receiving it,
Study Bible
The Parable of the Sower Explained
19When anyone hears the message of the kingdom but does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and promptly receives it with joy. 21But since he has no root, he remains for only a season. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.…
Cross References
Matthew 7:8
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 13:5
Some fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil. They sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.

Matthew 13:19
When anyone hears the message of the kingdom but does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.

Matthew 13:21
But since he has no root, he remains for only a season. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.
Treasury of Scripture

But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it;

received.

Matthew 13:5,6 Some fell on stony places, where they had not much earth: and immediately …

anon.

1 Samuel 11:13-15 And Saul said, There shall not a man be put to death this day: for …

2 Chronicles 24:2,6,14 And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all the …

Psalm 78:34-37 When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and inquired …

Psalm 106:12,13 Then believed they his words; they sang his praise…

Isaiah 58:2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation …

Ezekiel 33:31,32 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you …

Mark 4:16,17 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, …

Mark 6:20 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, …

John 5:35 He was a burning and a shining light: and you were willing for a …

Acts 8:13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued …

Galatians 4:14,15 And my temptation which was in my flesh you despised not, nor rejected; …

(20) Anon with joy receiveth it.--The second type of character stands in marked contrast with the first. Rapid change, strong emotion, a quicker show of conversion than in the case where it is more real.--such results, it need hardly be said, come under the notice of every earnest preacher. In proportion to the tendency of any system--such as the revivalist meetings of one school, the mission services of another--to cause excitement, are those results likely to be frequent.

Verse 20. - And anon; and straightway (Revised Version, καὶ εὐθύς). But he that receiveth the seed into stony places,.... Such a hearer, who is like to the stony ground on which the seed fell, is one that is not an accidental hearer of the word, as the former, but a settled constant hearer of it; and not one that is careless and negligent, but diligent and attentive, and has some understanding of what he hears;

the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it: he is one that not only constantly attends upon it, but he receives it; he gives an assent to it, he believes in it historically, makes a profession of his faith in it, and holds it for a while, being under some convictions of the truth of it: and having some speculative notions of it, and light in his understanding and judgment in it, he has some flashes of natural affection for it, and delivers some outward expressions of pleasure and delight in it, like Herod, and the hearers of John the Baptist; but has no heart work, and so is like to the rock in stony ground; the natural hardness of his heart continues, it remains unbroken by the word, without any true sense of sin, and repentance for it, and destitute of spiritual life, and of true faith, love, and joy: hence, as his profession is taken up in haste, immediately, upon a flash of affection, and a little head knowledge, it does not last long, nor prove honourable. 13:1-23 Jesus entered into a boat that he might be the less pressed, and be the better heard by the people. By this he teaches us in the outward circumstances of worship not to covet that which is stately, but to make the best of the conveniences God in his providence allots to us. Christ taught in parables. Thereby the things of God were made more plain and easy to those willing to be taught, and at the same time more difficult and obscure to those who were willingly ignorant. The parable of the sower is plain. The seed sown is the word of God. The sower is our Lord Jesus Christ, by himself, or by his ministers. Preaching to a multitude is sowing the corn; we know not where it will light. Some sort of ground, though we take ever so much pains with it, brings forth no fruit to purpose, while the good soil brings forth plentifully. So it is with the hearts of men, whose different characters are here described by four sorts of ground. Careless, trifling hearers, are an easy prey to Satan; who, as he is the great murderer of souls, so he is the great thief of sermons, and will be sure to rob us of the word, if we take not care to keep it. Hypocrites, like the stony ground, often get the start of true Christians in the shows of profession. Many are glad to hear a good sermon, who do not profit by it. They are told of free salvation, of the believer's privileges, and the happiness of heaven; and, without any change of heart, without any abiding conviction of their own depravity, their need of a Saviour, or the excellence of holiness, they soon profess an unwarranted assurance. But when some heavy trial threatens them, or some sinful advantage may be had, they give up or disguise their profession, or turn to some easier system. Worldly cares are fitly compared to thorns, for they came in with sin, and are a fruit of the curse; they are good in their place to stop a gap, but a man must be well armed that has much to do with them; they are entangling, vexing, scratching, and their end is to be burned, Heb 6:8. Worldly cares are great hinderances to our profiting by the word of God. The deceitfulness of riches does the mischief; they cannot be said to deceive us unless we put our trust in them, then they choke the good seed. What distinguished the good ground was fruitfulness. By this true Christians are distinguished from hypocrites. Christ does not say that this good ground has no stones in it, or no thorns; but none that could hinder its fruitfulness. All are not alike; we should aim at the highest, to bring forth most fruit. The sense of hearing cannot be better employed than in hearing God's word; and let us look to ourselves that we may know what sort of hearers we are.
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