Matthew 13:5
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New International Version
Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.

New Living Translation
Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow.

English Standard Version
Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil,

New American Standard Bible
"Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil.

King James Bible
Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Others fell on rocky ground, where there wasn't much soil, and they sprang up quickly since the soil wasn't deep.

International Standard Version
Other seeds fell on stony ground, where they did not have a lot of soil. They sprouted at once because the soil wasn't deep.

NET Bible
Other seeds fell on rocky ground where they did not have much soil. They sprang up quickly because the soil was not deep.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And others fell on the rock where there was not much soil, and within the hour it sprouted because there was no depth of soil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Other seeds were planted on rocky ground, where there was little soil. The plants sprouted quickly because the soil wasn't deep.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth; and forthwith they sprang up because they had no deepness of earth;

King James 2000 Bible
Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and immediately they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

American King James Version
Some fell on stony places, where they had not much earth: and immediately they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

American Standard Version
and others fell upon the rocky places, where they had not much earth: and straightway they sprang up, because they had no deepness of earth:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And other some fell upon stony ground, where they had not much earth: and they sprung up immediately, because they had no deepness of earth.

Darby Bible Translation
and others fell upon the rocky places where they had not much earth, and immediately they sprang up out of [the ground] because of not having [any] depth of earth,

English Revised Version
and others fell upon the rocky places, where they had not much earth: and straightway they sprang up, because they had no deepness of earth:

Webster's Bible Translation
Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

Weymouth New Testament
Some falls on rocky ground, where it has but scanty soil. It quickly shows itself above ground, because it has no depth of earth;

World English Bible
Others fell on rocky ground, where they didn't have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of earth.

Young's Literal Translation
and others fell upon the rocky places, where they had not much earth, and immediately they sprang forth, through not having depth of earth,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - Some (and others, Revised Version) fell upon stony places; the rocky places (Revised Version). Where the underlying rock was hardly, if at all, covered by soil. Such spots would be common in the fields of Palestine, as in those of all mountainous countries. Where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprang up (ἐξανέτειλεν). They shot up quicker than the thorns in ver. 7 (ἀνέβησαν). Because they had no deepness of earth.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Some fell upon stony places,.... Such a place as the Jews call a barren, stony place, a place from whence, they say, they take stones, and , and which , "is not fit for sowing" (d); and such were those places and spots of ground, that some of these seeds fell upon; and design such hearers, in whom the natural hardness of their hearts continues, and who remain unbroken by the word, and are without any true sense of sin, and repentance for it.

Where they had not much earth, to cover them and take root in: this is expressive of such persons who have slight convictions of sin, and awakenings of the natural conscience; some little, light, and speculative notions of the word, in the understanding and judgment; some flashes of natural affection for it, and outward expressions of delight and pleasure in it; some show of grace, and a form of godliness, but no real heart work.

And forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth; to strike their roots downwards: and through the reflection of the heat, upon the rocks and stones, they quickly broke through the thin surface of the earth over them, and appeared above ground before the usual time of the springing up of seed: which may not only denote the immediate reception of the word by these hearers, and their quick assent to it; but their sudden and hasty profession of it, without taking due time to consider the nature and importance thereof; and the seeming cheerfulness in which they did both receive and profess it; though it was only outward and hypocritical, and more on account of the manner of preaching it, than the word itself, and through a selfish principle in them; and did not arise from any real experience of the power of it on their souls, or true spiritual pleasure in it: nor could it be otherwise, since their stony hearts were not taken away, nor hearts of flesh given them; wherefore the word had no place in them, and made no real impression on them; they remained dead in trespasses and sins; the word was not the savour of life unto life unto them, or the Spirit that giveth life; they did not become living and lively stones; they continued as insensible as ever of their state and condition by nature, of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, of the danger they were in, and of their need of Christ, and salvation by him; they were as hard, and obdurate, and as inflexible, as ever, without any real contrition for sin, or meltings of soul through the influence of the love and grace of God; and as backward as ever to submit to the righteousness of Christ, being stout hearted, and far from it; and being no more cordially willing to be subject to the sceptre of his kingdom, or to serve him in righteousness and holiness, than they ever were; for the word falling upon them, made no change in them; their hearts were as hard as ever, notwithstanding the seeming and hasty reception of it; though they did not refuse to hearken to the word externally, did not put away the shoulder, or stop their ears, yet their hearts were still like an adamant stone: nothing but the mighty power of God, and his efficacious grace, can break the rocky heart in pieces; or give an heart of flesh, a sensible, soft, and flexible one, with which a man truly repents of sin, believes in Christ, and becomes subject to him.

(d) T. Bab. Erachin, fol. 32. 1. & Gloss. in ib. & Bava Bathra, fol. 156. 2. & Gloss. in ib.



Matthew 13:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Sower
4and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. 5"Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. 6"But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:4
As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

Matthew 13:6
But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.

Mark 4:5
Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.

Mark 4:16
Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy.
Treasury of Scripture

Some fell on stony places, where they had not much earth: and immediately they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

Matthew 13:20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that …

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Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within …

Amos 6:12 Shall horses run on the rock? will one plow there with oxen? for …

Zechariah 7:12 Yes, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should …

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