Mark 4:17
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

These are they - Probably our Lord here refers to the people to whom he had just now preached, and who, it is likely, did not profit by the word spoken.

Where the word is sown - Instead of this clause, four copies of the Itala read the place thus - They who are sown by the way side, are they Who Receive The Word Negligently. There are thousands of this stamp in the Christian world. Reader, art thou one of them?

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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 you 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 has gained, when God takes away his soul...

Matthew 12:31 Why I say to you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven to men...

Luke 12:10 And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him...

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed;

John 15:2-7 Every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, he purges it...

2 Timothy 1:15 This you know, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

2 Timothy 2:17,18 And their word will eat as does a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus...

2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed to Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us...

when.

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

Matthew 13:21 Yet has he not root in himself, but endures for a while: for when tribulation or persecution rises because of the word...

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

1 Corinthians 10:12,13 Why let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall...

Galatians 6:12 As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised...

1 Thessalonians 3:3-5 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto...

2 Timothy 4:16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

Hebrews 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose you, shall he be thought worthy, who has trodden under foot the Son of God...

Revelation 2:10,13 Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried...

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October 1 Evening
Grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.--EPH. 4:15. First the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.--Till we all come to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. They measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he that commendeth himself is approved,
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

Four Soils for one Seed
'And when He was alone, they that were about Him with the twelve asked of Him the parable. 11. And He said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12. That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. 13. And He said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Of Avoiding Heresies and Superstitions, and what is the Only True Catholic Church.
But since many heresies have existed, and the people of God have been rent into divisions at the instigation of demons, the truth must be briefly marked out by us, and placed in its own peculiar dwelling-place, that if any one shall desire to draw the water of life, he may not be borne to broken cisterns [898] which hold no water, but may know the abundant fountain of God, watered by which he may enjoy perpetual light. Before all things, it is befitting that we should know both that He Himself and
Lactantius—The divine institutes

On Earthly Things
The earth is man himself; in the gospel: another has fallen into the good earth. The same in a bad part about the sinner: you devour the earth all the days of your life. [Mark 4:18; Genesis 3:14] The dry lands are the flesh of a fruitless man; in Ecclesiastes, to work in a dry land with evil and sorrow. [Ecclesiastes 37:3] The dust is a sinner or the vanity of the flesh; in the psalm: like the dust, which the wind blows about. [Ps. 1:4 Vulgate] The mud is the gluttony of sinners; in the psalm: tear
St. Eucherius of Lyons—The Formulae of St. Eucherius of Lyons

Cross References
Matthew 11:6
Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me."

Matthew 13:21
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.

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

Mark 4:18
Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word;

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