Matthew 13:4
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 them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them.

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

Berean Study Bible
As he was sowing, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.

Berean Literal Bible
And in his sowing, indeed some fell along the road, and the birds having come, devoured them.

New American Standard Bible
and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up.

King James Bible
And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

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

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 was sowing, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and ate them 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 seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.

New Heart English Bible
And as he sowed, some seeds fell by the roadside, and the birds came and devoured them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But as he sowed, some seed 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 as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and when he sowed, some of the seed fell beside the way, and the fowls came and devoured them up.

King James 2000 Bible
And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

American King James Version
And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

American Standard Version
and as he sowed, some'seeds fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured them:

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

Darby Bible Translation
and as he sowed, some [grains] fell along the way, and the birds came and devoured them;

English Revised Version
and as he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured them:

Webster's Bible Translation
And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them:

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
As he sowed, some seeds fell by the roadside, and the birds came and devoured them.

Young's Literal Translation
and in his sowing, some indeed fell by the way, and the fowls did come and devour them,
Study Bible
The Parable of the Sower
3And He told them many things in parables, saying, “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4As he was sowing, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5Some fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil. They sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:3
And He told them many things in parables, saying, "A farmer went out to sow his seed.

Matthew 13:5
Some fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil. They sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.

Mark 4:4
As he was sowing, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.

Luke 8:5
"A farmer went out to sow his seed. And as he was sowing, some seed fell along the path, where it was trampled, and the birds of the air devoured it.

Luke 18:35
As Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting beside the road, begging.

Treasury of Scripture

And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

the way.

Matthew 13:18,19
Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower…







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
αὐτὸν (auton)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 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.

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 [seeds]
(ha)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Nominative Neuter Plural
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
ἐλθόντα (elthonta)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 2064: To come, go.

[and] 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.

them.
αὐτά (auta)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Neuter 3rd Person Plural
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) The way side--i.e., on the skirts of the broad path that crossed the field. Here the surface was hard and smooth, the grain lay on the surface, the pigeons and other birds that followed the sower reaped an immediate harvest.

Verse 4. - And when (as, Revised Version) he sowed, some seeds (α} μέν). Here (cf. vers. 5, 7, 8) the seeds are, so to speak, each singled out. But in the parallel passages they are viewed as one whole (ο{ μέν). Fell by the wayside. Along the road (παρὰ τὴν ὁδόν), which evidently was at no mere corner of the field, but ran for some distance by or through it. And the fowls (birds, Revised Version, as in modern English) came and devoured them up. 13:1-23 Jesus entered into a boat that he might be the less pressed, and be the better heard by the people. By this he teaches us in the outward circumstances of worship not to covet that which is stately, but to make the best of the conveniences God in his providence allots to us. Christ taught in parables. Thereby the things of God were made more plain and easy to those willing to be taught, and at the same time more difficult and obscure to those who were willingly ignorant. The parable of the sower is plain. The seed sown is the word of God. The sower is our Lord Jesus Christ, by himself, or by his ministers. Preaching to a multitude is sowing the corn; we know not where it will light. Some sort of ground, though we take ever so much pains with it, brings forth no fruit to purpose, while the good soil brings forth plentifully. So it is with the hearts of men, whose different characters are here described by four sorts of ground. Careless, trifling hearers, are an easy prey to Satan; who, as he is the great murderer of souls, so he is the great thief of sermons, and will be sure to rob us of the word, if we take not care to keep it. Hypocrites, like the stony ground, often get the start of true Christians in the shows of profession. Many are glad to hear a good sermon, who do not profit by it. They are told of free salvation, of the believer's privileges, and the happiness of heaven; and, without any change of heart, without any abiding conviction of their own depravity, their need of a Saviour, or the excellence of holiness, they soon profess an unwarranted assurance. But when some heavy trial threatens them, or some sinful advantage may be had, they give up or disguise their profession, or turn to some easier system. Worldly cares are fitly compared to thorns, for they came in with sin, and are a fruit of the curse; they are good in their place to stop a gap, but a man must be well armed that has much to do with them; they are entangling, vexing, scratching, and their end is to be burned, Heb 6:8. Worldly cares are great hinderances to our profiting by the word of God. The deceitfulness of riches does the mischief; they cannot be said to deceive us unless we put our trust in them, then they choke the good seed. What distinguished the good ground was fruitfulness. By this true Christians are distinguished from hypocrites. Christ does not say that this good ground has no stones in it, or no thorns; but none that could hinder its fruitfulness. All are not alike; we should aim at the highest, to bring forth most fruit. The sense of hearing cannot be better employed than in hearing God's word; and let us look to ourselves that we may know what sort of hearers we are.
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