Mark 4:28
New International Version
All by itself the soil produces grain--first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.

New Living Translation
The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens.

English Standard Version
The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.

Berean Study Bible
All by itself the earth produces a crop—first the stalk, then the head, then grain that ripens within.

Berean Literal Bible
Of itself, the earth brings forth fruit--first a plant, then an ear, then full grain in the ear.

New American Standard Bible
"The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.

King James Bible
For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

Christian Standard Bible
The soil produces a crop by itself--first the blade, then the head, and then the full grain on the head.

Contemporary English Version
It is the ground that makes the seeds sprout and grow into plants that produce grain.

Good News Translation
The soil itself makes the plants grow and bear fruit; first the tender stalk appears, then the head, and finally the head full of grain.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The soil produces a crop by itself--first the blade, then the head, and then the ripe grain on the head.

International Standard Version
the ground produces grain by itself—first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.

NET Bible
By itself the soil produces a crop, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.

New Heart English Bible
The earth bears fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For the earth produces fruit itself; first shall be the blade and afterward the ear, then finally the full wheat in the ear.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The ground produces grain by itself. First the green blade appears, then the head, then the head full of grain.

New American Standard 1977
“The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the earth brings forth fruit of herself: first the blade, then the ear, after that the full grain in the ear.

King James 2000 Bible
For the earth brings forth fruit of itself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full grain in the ear.

American King James Version
For the earth brings forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

American Standard Version
The earth beareth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the earth of itself bringeth forth fruit, first the blade, then the ear, afterwards the full corn in the ear.

Darby Bible Translation
The earth bears fruit of itself, first [the] blade, then an ear, then full corn in the ear.

English Revised Version
The earth beareth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the earth bringeth forth fruit of itself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

Weymouth New Testament
Of itself the land produces the crop-- first the blade, then the ear; afterwards the perfect grain is seen in the ear.

World English Bible
For the earth bears fruit: first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.

Young's Literal Translation
for of itself doth the earth bear fruit, first a blade, afterwards an ear, afterwards full corn in the ear;
Study Bible
The Seed Growing Secretly
27Night and day he sleeps and wakes, and the seed sprouts and grows, though he knows not how. 28All by itself the earth produces a crop— first the stalk, then the head, then grain that ripens within. 29And as soon as the grain is ripe, he swings the sickle, because the harvest has come.”…
Cross References
Mark 4:27
Night and day he sleeps and wakes, and the seed sprouts and grows, though he knows not how.

Mark 4:29
And as soon as the grain is ripe, he swings the sickle, because the harvest has come."

Treasury of Scripture

For the earth brings forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

the earth.

Genesis 1:11,12
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so…

Genesis 2:4,5,9
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, …

Genesis 4:11,12
And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; …

first.

Mark 4:31,32
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: …

Psalm 1:3
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Psalm 92:13,14
Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God…

blade.

Matthew 13:26
But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.







Lexicon
All by itself
αὐτομάτη (automatē)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 844: Of its own accord. From autos and the same as maten; self-moved, i.e. Spontaneous.

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.

earth
γῆ (gē)
Noun - Nominative 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.

produces a crop—
καρποφορεῖ (karpophorei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2592: To bear fruit. From karpophoros; to be fertile.

first
πρῶτον (prōton)
Adverb - Superlative
Strong's Greek 4412: First, in the first place, before, formerly. Neuter of protos as adverb; firstly.

[the] stalk,
χόρτον (chorton)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5528: Grass, herbage, growing grain, hay. Apparently a primary word; a 'court' or 'garden', i.e. herbage or vegetation.

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

[the] head,
στάχυν (stachyn)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4719: A head of grain. From the base of histemi; a head of grain.

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

grain
σῖτον (siton)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4621: Wheat, grain. Also plural irregular neuter sita of uncertain derivation; grain, especially wheat.

[that] ripens
πλήρης (plērēs)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4134: Full, abounding in, complete, completely occupied with. From pletho; replete, or covered over; by analogy, complete.

within.
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.
(28) The earth bringeth forth fruit of herself.--Stress is laid on the spontaneity of growth; and the lesson drawn from it is obviously one at once of patience and of faith. It is not well in the spiritual husbandry, either of the nations of the world or of individual souls, to be taking up the seeds to see whether they are growing. It is wiser to sow the seed, and to believe that sun and rain will quicken it. Thus, the words find an interesting parallel, like, and yet different, in the precept of Ecclesiastes 11:6, "In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand."

First the blade, then the ear.--Following the same lines as before, we have (1) three stages in the growth of the Church of Christ in the field of the world, and (2) three like stages representing the influence of the new truth on thoughts, purposes, acts, in the individual soul.

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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