Mark 4 (PKJV)

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  • 1 And again He began to teach by the sea side. And a large crowd was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea. Then the entire crowd was by the sea on the land.
  • 2 Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His doctrine:
  • 3 “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow.
  • 4 And it happened, as he sowed, some fell by the wayside, and the birds of the air came and devoured it.
  • 5 Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth.
  • 6 But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away.
  • 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
  • 8 But the other fell on good ground, and yielded fruit that sprang up, increased, and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
  • 9 And He said to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
  • 10 But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable.
  • 11 And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all these things come in parables,
  • 12 so that ‘Seeing they may see, and not perceive, and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest they should be converted at any time, and their sins be forgiven them.’”
  • 13 And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
  • 14 The sower sows the word.
  • 15 And these are those by the way side where the word is sown. But when they have heard, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.
  • 16 And likewise these are those which are sown on stony ground, who when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
  • 17 but they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when affliction or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.
  • 18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; those who hear the word,
  • 19 but the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
  • 20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, receive it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
  • 21 And He said to them, “Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand?
  • 22 Because, there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.
  • 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”
  • 24 Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.
  • 25 Because, whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”
  • 26 And He said, “The kingdom of God is like as if a man should scatter seed on the ground,
  • 27 and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.
  • 28 Because, the earth yields crops from herself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head.
  • 29 So when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
  • 30 Then He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what comparison shall we compare it?
  • 31 It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds that are in the earth;
  • 32 but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.”
  • 33 And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it.
  • 34 But He did not speak to them without a parable. And when they were alone, He expounded all things to His disciples.
  • 35 And the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.”
  • 36 Now when they had sent the crowd away, they took Him in the boat just as He was. And there were also with Him other little boats.
  • 37 And a large windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already full.
  • 38 But He was in the back of the boat, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
  • 39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
  • 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
  • 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “What type of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

(King James Version 2016 Edition, 2016)

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