Mark 4:17
New International Version
But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.

New Living Translation
But since they don't have deep roots, they don't last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God's word.

English Standard Version
And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.

Berean Study Bible
But they themselves have no root, and they remain for only a season. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.

Berean Literal Bible
and they have no root in themselves, but are temporary. Then tribulation or persecution having arisen on account of the word, immediately they fall away.

New American Standard Bible
and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away.

King James Bible
And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.

Christian Standard Bible
But they have no root; they are short-lived. When distress or persecution comes because of the word, they immediately fall away.

Contemporary English Version
But they don't have roots, and they don't last very long. As soon as life gets hard or the message gets them in trouble, they give up.

Good News Translation
But it does not sink deep into them, and they don't last long. So when trouble or persecution comes because of the message, they give up at once.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But they have no root in themselves; they are short-lived. When pressure or persecution comes because of the word, they immediately stumble.

International Standard Version
but since they don't have any roots, they last for only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes along because of the word, they immediately fall away.

NET Bible
But they have no root in themselves and do not endure. Then, when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately they fall away.

New Heart English Bible
And they have no root in themselves, but are short-lived. Then, when oppression or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they stumble.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And they have no root in themselves, but they abide for a while, and when there is distress or persecution because of the word, they are soon subverted.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But they don't develop any roots. They last for a short time. When suffering or persecution comes along because of the word, they immediately fall [from faith].

New American Standard 1977
and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away.

Jubilee Bible 2000
but have no root in themselves and are temporal; afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.

King James 2000 Bible
And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution arises for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.

American King James Version
And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution rises for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.

American Standard Version
and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, straightway they stumble.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they have no root in themselves, but are only for a time: and then when tribulation and persecution ariseth for the word they are presently scandalized.

Darby Bible Translation
and they have no root in themselves, but are for a time: then, tribulation arising, or persecution on account of the word, immediately they are offended.

English Revised Version
and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, straightway they stumble.

Webster's Bible Translation
And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they relapse.

Weymouth New Testament
but they have no root within them. They last for a time; then, when suffering or persecution comes because of the Message, they are immediately overthrown.

World English Bible
They have no root in themselves, but are short-lived. When oppression or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they stumble.

Young's Literal Translation
and have not root in themselves, but are temporary; afterward tribulation or persecution having come because of the word, immediately they are stumbled.
Study Bible
The Parable of the Sower Explained
16Others are like the seeds sown on rocky places. They hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17But they themselves have no root, and they remain for only a season. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18Still others are like the seeds sown among the thorns. They hear the word,…
Cross References
Matthew 11:6
Blessed is the one who does not fall away on account of Me."

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.

Mark 4:16
Others are like the seeds sown on rocky places. They hear the word and at once receive it with joy.

Mark 4:18
Still others are like the seeds sown among the thorns. They hear the word,

Treasury of Scripture

And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution rises for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.

have.

Mark 4:5,6
And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: …

Job 19:28
But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?

Job 27:8-10
For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? …

when.

Matthew 11:6
And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

Matthew 13:21
Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

Matthew 24:9,10
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake…







Lexicon
But
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

they themselves have
ἔχουσιν (echousin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

no
οὐκ (ouk)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

root,
ῥίζαν (rhizan)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4491: A root, shoot, source; that which comes from the root, a descendent. Apparently a primary word; a 'root'.

[and]
ἀλλὰ (alla)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

they remain
εἰσιν (eisin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

for only a season.
πρόσκαιροί (proskairoi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4340: For a season, temporary. From pros and kairos; for the occasion only, i.e. Temporary.

When
εἶτα (eita)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 1534: A particle of succession, then, moreover.

trouble
θλίψεως (thlipseōs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2347: Persecution, affliction, distress, tribulation. From thlibo; pressure.

or
(ē)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2228: Or, than. A primary particle of distinction between two connected terms; disjunctive, or; comparative, than.

persecution
διωγμοῦ (diōgmou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1375: Chase, pursuit; persecution. From dioko; persecution.

comes
γενομένης (genomenēs)
Verb - Aorist Participle Middle - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

because of
διὰ (dia)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

the
τὸν (ton)
Article - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

word,
λόγον (logon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3056: From lego; something said; by implication, a topic, also reasoning or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, the Divine Expression.

they quickly fall away.
σκανδαλίζονται (skandalizontai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4624: From skandalon; to entrap, i.e. Trip up (transitively) or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure).
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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