Mark 4:4
New International Version
As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

New Living Translation
As he scattered it across his field, some of the seed fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate it.

English Standard Version
And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.

Berean Study Bible
And as he was sowing, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.

Berean Literal Bible
And it came to pass as he sowed, some fell along the road, and the birds came and devoured it.

New American Standard Bible
as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up.

King James Bible
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.

Christian Standard Bible
As he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.

Contemporary English Version
While the farmer was scattering the seed, some of it fell along the road and was eaten by birds.

Good News Translation
As he scattered the seed in the field, some of it fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As he sowed, this occurred: Some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

International Standard Version
As he was sowing, some seeds fell along the path, and birds came and ate them up.

NET Bible
And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.

New Heart English Bible
And it happened, as he sowed, some seed fell by the road, and the birds came and devoured it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And as he sowed, there was some that fell on the side of the road and a bird came and ate it.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Some seeds were planted along the road, and birds came and devoured them.

New American Standard 1977
and it came about that as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up.

Jubilee Bible 2000
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.

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the wayside, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
and it came to pass, as he sowed, some'seed fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And whilst he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the birds of the air came and ate it up.

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass as he sowed, one fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured it.

English Revised Version
and it came to pass, as he sowed, some seed fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured it.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass as he sowed, some fell by the way-side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it.

Weymouth New Testament
As he sows, some of the seed falls by the way-side, and the birds come and peck it up.

World English Bible
and it happened, as he sowed, some seed fell by the road, and the birds came and devoured it.

Young's Literal Translation
and it came to pass, in the sowing, some fell by the way, and the fowls of the heaven did come and devour it;
Study Bible
The Parable of the Sower
3“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4As he was sowing, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. 5Some fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:4
As he was sowing, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.

Mark 4:3
"Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.

Mark 4:5
Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.

Treasury of Scripture

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.

Mark 4:15
And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

Genesis 15:11
And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.

Matthew 13:4,19
And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: …







Lexicon
As
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.

he was sowing,
σπείρειν (speirein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 4687: To sow, spread, scatter. Probably strengthened from spao; to scatter, i.e. Sow.

some [seed]
(ho)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

fell
ἔπεσεν (epesen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4098: A reduplicated and contracted form of peto; probably akin to petomai through the idea of alighting; to fall.

along
παρὰ (para)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 3844: Gen: from; dat: beside, in the presence of; acc: alongside of.

the
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative 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.

path,
ὁδόν (hodon)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3598: A way, road, journey, path. Apparently a primary word; a road; by implication, a progress; figuratively, a mode or means.

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

the
τὰ (ta)
Article - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

birds
πετεινὰ (peteina)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 4071: A bird, fowl. Neuter of a derivative of petomai; a flying animal, i.e. Bird.

came
ἦλθεν (ēlthen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2064: To come, go.

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

devoured
κατέφαγεν (katephagen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2719: To eat up, eat till it is finished, devour, squander, annoy, injure. From kata and esthio; to eat down, i.e. Devour.

it.
αὐτό (auto)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Neuter 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.
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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