Mark 4:27
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New International Version
Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.

King James Bible
And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.

Darby Bible Translation
and should sleep and rise up night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he does not know how.

World English Bible
and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he doesn't know how.

Young's Literal Translation
and may sleep, and may rise night and day, and the seed spring up and grow, he hath not known how;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

And should sleep and rise night and day - That is, he should sleep by night, and rise by day; for so the words are obviously to be understood.

He knoweth not how - How a plant grows is a mystery in nature, which the wisest philosopher in the universe cannot fully explain.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

and grow.

Ecclesiastes 8:17 Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun...

Ecclesiastes 11:5 As you know not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child...

John 3:7,8 Marvel not that I said to you, You must be born again...

1 Corinthians 15:37,38 And that which you sow, you sow not that body that shall be, but bore grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain...

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brothers, as it is meet, because that your faith grows exceedingly...

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

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

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

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