Mark 4:4
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New International Version
As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, 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.

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

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;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The fowls - Του ουρανου, of the air, is the common reading; but it should be omitted, on the authority of nine uncial MSS., upwards of one hundred others, and almost all the versions. Bengel and Griesbach have left it out of the text. It seems to have been inserted in Mark, from Luke 8:5.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Mark 4:15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan comes immediately...

Genesis 15:11 And when the fowls came down on the carcasses, 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...

Luke 8:5,12 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down...

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
Matthew 13:4
As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

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

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

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