Mark 4:31
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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,

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:

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:

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;

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Vincent's Word Studies

When it is sown (ὅταν σπαρῇ)

This phrase is repeated in Mark 4:32. Here the emphasis is on ὅταν, when. It is small at the time when it is sown. In Mark 4:32 the emphasis is on σπαρῇ, it is sown. It begins to grow great from the time when it is sown.

That are upon the earth

A little detail peculiar to Mark.

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like.

Matthew 13:31-33 Another parable put he forth to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took...

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

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 your seed as the stars of the heaven...

Psalm 72:16-19 There shall be an handful of corn in the earth on the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon...

Isaiah 2:2,3 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains...

Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to order it...

Isaiah 49:6,7 And he said, It is a light thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel...

Isaiah 53:2,12 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he has no form nor comeliness...

Isaiah 54:1-3 Sing, O barren, you that did not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you that did not travail with child...

Isaiah 60:22 A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.

Ezekiel 17:22-24 Thus said the Lord GOD; I will also take of the highest branch of the high cedar, and will set it...

Daniel 2:34,35,44,45 You saw till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image on his feet that were of iron and clay...

Amos 9:11-15 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins...

Micah 4:1,2 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains...

Zechariah 2:11 And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the middle of you...

Zechariah 8:20-23 Thus said the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities...

Zechariah 12:8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David...

Zechariah 14:6-9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark...

Malachi 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles...

Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added to them about three thousand souls.

Acts 4:4 However, many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.

Acts 5:14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)

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, You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe...

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 pit and a great chain in his hand...

Cross References
Matthew 13:31
He put another parable before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.

Mark 4:30
And he said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it?

Mark 4:32
yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade."

Luke 17:6
And the Lord said, "If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.

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