Mark 4:26
New International Version
He also said, "This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.

New Living Translation
Jesus also said, "The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground.

English Standard Version
And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground.

Berean Study Bible
Jesus also said, “The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed on the ground.

Berean Literal Bible
And He was saying, "The kingdom of God is thus, as a man should cast the seed upon the earth,

New American Standard Bible
And He was saying, "The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil;

King James Bible
And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

Christian Standard Bible
"The kingdom of God is like this," he said. "A man scatters seed on the ground.

Contemporary English Version
Again Jesus said: God's kingdom is like what happens when a farmer scatters seed in a field.

Good News Translation
Jesus went on to say, "The Kingdom of God is like this. A man scatters seed in his field.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"The kingdom of God is like this," He said. "A man scatters seed on the ground;

International Standard Version
He was also saying, "The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seeds on the ground.

NET Bible
He also said, "The kingdom of God is like someone who spreads seed on the ground.

New Heart English Bible
And he said, "The Kingdom of God is like someone who scatters seed on the earth,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he said, “Thus is the Kingdom of God like a man who cast seed in the ground.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seeds on the ground.

New American Standard 1977
And He was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil;

Jubilee Bible 2000
He also said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground

King James 2000 Bible
And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

American King James Version
And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

American Standard Version
And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed upon the earth;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said: So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the earth,

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, Thus is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast the seed upon the earth,

English Revised Version
And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed upon the earth;

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

Weymouth New Testament
Another saying of His was this: "The Kingdom of God is as if a man scattered seed over the ground:

World English Bible
He said, "The Kingdom of God is as if a man should cast seed on the earth,

Young's Literal Translation
And he said, 'Thus is the reign of God: as if a man may cast the seed on the earth,
Study Bible
The Seed Growing Secretly
25For whoever has will be given more. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” 26Jesus also said, “The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed on the ground. 27Night and day he sleeps and wakes, and the seed sprouts and grows, though he knows not how.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:24
Jesus presented another parable to them: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.

Mark 4:25
For whoever has will be given more, but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him."

Mark 4:27
Night and day he sleeps and wakes, and the seed sprouts and grows, though he knows not how.

Treasury of Scripture

And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

So.

Matthew 3:2
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 4:17
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 13:11,31,33
He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given…

as.

Mark 4:3,4,14
Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: …

Proverbs 11:18
The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.

Ecclesiastes 11:4,6
He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap…







Lexicon
[Jesus] also said,
ἔλεγεν (elegen)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

“The
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine 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.

kingdom
βασιλεία (basileia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 932: From basileus; properly, royalty, i.e. rule, or a realm.

of God
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

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

like
Οὕτως (Houtōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3779: Thus, so, in this manner. Or (referring to what precedes or follows).

a man
ἄνθρωπος (anthrōpos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

who scatters
βάλῃ (balē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 906: (a) I cast, throw, rush, (b) often, in the weaker sense: I place, put, drop. A primary verb; to throw.

seed
σπόρον (sporon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4703: Seed for sowing. From speiro; a scattering, i.e. seed.

on
ἐπὶ (epi)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.

the
τῆς (tēs)
Article - Genitive Feminine 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.

ground.
γῆς (gēs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1093: Contracted from a primary word; soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe.
(26) As if a man should cast seed into the ground.--What follows has the special interest of being the only parable peculiar to St. Mark, one therefore which had escaped the manifest eagerness of St. Matthew and St. Luke to gather up all that they could find of this form of our Lord's teaching. It runs to some extent parallel with the parable of the Sower, as though it had been given as another and easier lesson in the art of understanding parables; and if we assume a connection between St. Mark and St. Peter, it may be regarded as having in this way made a special impression on the mind of the Apostle. Like many other parables, it finds an interpretation in the analogous phenomena of the growth of the Kingdom (1) in the world at large, (2) in the heart of each individual. Speaking roughly, the Sower is, as before, either the Son of Man or the preacher of His word, and the ground falls under one or other of the heads just defined in the previous parable, with, perhaps, a special reference to the good ground.

Verses 26-28. - This parable is recorded by St. Mark alone. It differs greatly from the parable of the sower, although both of them are founded upon the imagery of the seed cast into the ground. In both cases the seed represents the doctrine of the gospel; the field represents the hearers; the harvest the end of the world, or perhaps the death of each individual hearer. So is the kingdom of God, in its progress from its establishment to its completion. The sower casts seed upon the earth, not without careful preparation of the soil, but without further sowing. And then he pursues his ordinary business. He sleeps by night; he rises by day; he has leisure for other employment; his work as a sower is finished. Meanwhile the seed germinates and grows by its own hidden virtues, assisted by the earth, the sun, and the air, the sower knowing nothing of the mysterious process. First comes the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear. Such is the preaching of the gospel. Here, therefore, the sower represents human responsibility in the work. The vitality of the seed is independent of his labour. The earth develops the plant from the seed by those natural but mysterious processes through which the Creator is ever working. So in spiritual things, the sower commences the work, and the grace of God perfects it in the heart which receives these influences. The earth beareth fruit of herself. In like manner, by degrees, the faith of Christ increases through the preaching of the gospel; and the Church grows and expands. And what is true of the Church collectively is true also of each individual member of the Church. For the heart of each faithful Christian produces first the blade, when it conceives good desires and begins to put them into action; then the ear, when it brings them to good effect; and lastly the full corn in the ear, when it brings them to their full maturity and perfection. Hence our Lord in this parable intimates that they who labour for the conversion of souls ought, with much patience, to wait for the fruit of 'their labour, as the husbandman waits with much patience for the precious fruits of the earth. 4:21-34 These declarations were intended to call the attention of the disciples to the word of Christ. By his thus instructing them, they were made able to instruct others; as candles are lighted, not to be covered, but to be placed on a candlestick, that they may give light to a room. This parable of the good seed, shows the manner in which the kingdom of God makes progress in the world. Let but the word of Christ have the place it ought to have in a soul, and it will show itself in a good conversation. It grows gradually: first the blade; then the ear; after that the full corn in the ear. When it is sprung up, it will go forward. The work of grace in the soul is, at first, but the day of small things; yet it has mighty products even now, while it is in its growth; but what will there be when it is perfected in heaven!
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