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.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Matthew 13:1-9.
See the parable of the sower explained in the notes at Matthew 13:1-9.
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 Mr 4:15.
Second Case: The Stony or rather, Rocky Ground. (Mr 4:5, 16).See Poole on "Mark 4:3"
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.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.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)4. by the way side] i. e. on the hard footpath, or road, passing through the cultivated land.
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