Matthew 13:21
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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
Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

Darby Bible Translation
but has no root in himself, but is for a time only; and when tribulation or persecution happens on account of the word, he is immediately offended.

World English Bible
yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while. When oppression or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.

Young's Literal Translation
and he hath not root in himself, but is temporary, and persecution or tribulation having happened because of the word, immediately he is stumbled.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Yet hath he not root in himself - His soul is not deeply convinced of its guilt and depravity; the fallow ground is not properly ploughed up, nor the rock broken. When persecution, etc., ariseth, which he did not expect, he is soon stumbled - seeks some pretext to abandon both the doctrine and followers of Christ. Having not felt his own sore, and the plague of his heart, he has not properly discovered that this salvation is the only remedy for his soul: thus he has no motive in his heart strong enough to counteract the outward scandal of the cross; so he endureth only for the time in which there is no difficulty to encounter, no cross to bear.

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root.

Matthew 13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

Matthew 7:22,23,26,27 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils...

Job 19:28 But you should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?

Proverbs 12:3,12 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved...

Luke 8:13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe...

John 6:26,61-65 Jesus answered them and said, Truly, truly, I say to you, You seek me, not because you saw the miracles...

John 6:70,71 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil...

John 15:5-7 I am the vine, you are the branches: He that stays in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit...

Acts 8:21-23 You have neither part nor lot in this matter: for your heart is not right in the sight of God...

Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by love.

Galatians 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

2 Peter 1:8,9 For if these things be in you, and abound...

1 John 2:19,20 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...

dureth.

Matthew 10:22 And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.

Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.

Job 27:8-10 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when God takes away his soul...

Psalm 36:3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he has left off to be wise, and to do good.

Hosea 6:4 O Ephraim, what shall I do to you? O Judah, what shall I do to you? for your goodness is as a morning cloud...

Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life:

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

for.

Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven...

Matthew 10:37-39 He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me...

Matthew 16:24-26 Then said Jesus to his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me...

Mark 4:17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution rises for the word's sake...

Mark 8:34-36 And when he had called the people to him with his disciples also, he said to them, Whoever will come after me, let him deny himself...

Mark 13:12,13 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents...

Luke 9:23-25 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me...

Luke 14:26-33 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters...

Luke 21:12-18 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons...

John 12:25,26 He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal...

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

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.

Hebrews 10:35-39 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward...

Revelation 2:13 I know your works, and where you dwell, even where Satan's seat is: and you hold fast my name, and have not denied my faith...

is.

Matthew 13:57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house.

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

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...

Matthew 26:31,33 Then said Jesus to them, All you shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd...

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.

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Toleration
(Preached at Christ Church, Marylebone, 1867, for the Bishop of London's Fund.) MATTHEW xiii. 24-30. The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the household came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He
Charles Kingsley—Discipline and Other Sermons

Ears and no Ears
'Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.--MATT. xiii. 8. This saying was frequently on our Lord's lips, and that in very various connections. He sometimes, as in the instance before us, appended it to teaching which, from its parabolic form, required attention to disentangle the spiritual truth implied. He sometimes used it to commend some strange, new revolutionary teaching to men's investigation--as, for instance, after that great declaration of the nullity of ceremonial worship, how that nothing
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Parable of the Tares, by Bishop Latimer, Preached on the 7Th of February, 1553.
MATTHEW XIII.--The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way, &c. This is a parable or similitude wherein our Saviour compared the kingdom of God, that is, the preaching of his word, wherein consisteth the salvation of mankind, unto a husbandman who sowed good seed in his field. But before we come unto the matter, you shall first learn to understand what this word parable, which
John Knox—The Pulpit Of The Reformation, Nos. 1, 2 and 3.

A Man Reaps More than He Sows.
A MAN REAPS MORE THAN HE SOWS. "But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold."--Matt. xiii: 8. If I sow a bushel, I expect to reap ten or twenty bushels. I can sow in one day what will take ten men to reap. The Spaniards have this proverb: "Sow a thought and reap an act. Sow an act, and reap a habit. Sow a habit, and reap a character. Sow a character and reap a destiny." And it takes a longer time to reap than to sow. I have heard
Dwight L. Moody—Sowing and Reaping

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

Matthew 13:20
The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.

Mark 4:17
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.

James 3:2
We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

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