Chapter 4Mark


1 And again he began to teach by the sea. And a great crowd is gathered unto him, so that he entered into a boat, and sat in the sea; and all the crowd were close by the sea on the land. 2 And he taught them many things in parables, and said to them in his :teaching, 3 Hearken: Lo, the sower went forth to sow: 4 and it came to pass, as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured it. 5 And other fell on the rocky ground, and where it had not much earth; and straightway it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: 6 and when the sun was risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, withered away. 7 And other fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 8 And others fell into the good :ground, and yielded fruit growing up and increasing; and brought forth [unto] thirty and [in] sixty and [in] hundred. 9 And he said, Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. 10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parables. 11 And he said to them, To you is given the mystery of the kingdom of :God: but to those without, :all things are done in parables:
12 that looking they may look, and not see, and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest haply they should turn again, and it be forgiven them. 13 And he saith to them, Know ye not this :parable? and how shall ye know all the parables? 14 The sower soweth the word. 15 And these are they by the wayside, where the word is sown; and when they should hear, straightway cometh :Satan, and taketh away the word :sown in them. 16 And these likewise are they sown upon the rocky places, who, when they should hear the word, straightway receive it with joy; 17 and have no root in themselves, but endure a while; then when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, straightway they stumble. 18 And others are they sown among the thorns; these are they that have heard the word, 19 and the cares of the age, and the deceitfulness of :riches, and the lusts of :other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. 20 And those are they that were sown upon the good :ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bear fruit [in] thirty and [in] sixty and [in] hundred. 21 And he said to them [that], †Is the lamp brought to be put under the bushel, or under the bed, and not to be put on the stand? 22 For nothing is hid, save that it be manifested; neither was anything made secret, but that it come to light. 23 If any hath ears to hear, let him hear. 24 And he said to them, Look to what ye hear: with what measure ye measure it shall be measured to you; and shall be added to you. 25 For who hath, to him shall be given: and who hath not, from him shall be taken away even what he hath. 26 And he said, So is the kingdom of :God, as if a man cast :seed upon the earth; 27 and sleep and rise night and day, and the seed spring up and grow, himself knoweth not how. 28 The earth beareth fruit of herself; first a blade, then an ear, then full grain in the ear. 29 But when the fruit is ripe, straightway he putteth forth the sickle, because the harvest is come. 30 And he said, How shall we liken the kingdom of :God? or in what parable shall we set it forth? 31 Like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown upon the earth, though it is a lesser among all the seeds of those on the earth, 32 yet when it is sown, groweth up, and becometh greater than all the herbs, and putteth out great branches; so that the birds of the heaven can lodge under its :shadow. 33 And with many such parables spake he the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34 and without parable spake he not to them: but privately to his private :disciples he expounded all things.

35 And on that :day, when evening was come, he saith to them, Let us go over unto the other side. 36 And leaving the crowd, they take him with them, as he was, in the boat. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great storm of wind ariseth, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was now filling. 38 And himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion: and they rouse him, and say to him, Teacher, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he awoke, and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Quiet, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 And he said to them, Why are ye fearful? have ye not yet faith? 41 And they feared a great fear, and said one to another, Who then is this, that both the wind obeys him and the sea?