The Parable Of The Sower

11 He began to teach again by the sea And such a very large crowd gathered to Him that He got into a boat in the sea and sat down; and the whole crowd was by the sea on the land.

11 And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.

11 Again He began to teach by the sea, and a very large crowd gathered around Him. So He got into a boat on the sea and sat down, while the whole crowd was on the shore facing the sea.

11 Then Jesus began to teach again beside the sea. Such a large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while the entire crowd remained beside the sea on the shore.

11 Again Jesus began to teach beside the lake. And a very great crowd gathered about Him, so that He got into a ship in order to sit in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was at the lakeside on the shore.

22 And He was teaching them many things in parables, and was saying to them in His teaching,

22 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,

22 He taught them many things in parables, and in His teaching He said to them:

22 He began teaching them many things in parables. While he was teaching them he said,

22 And He taught them many things in parables (illustrations or comparisons put beside truths to explain them), and in His teaching He said to them:

33 "Listen to this! Behold, the sower went out to sow;

33 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:

33 "Listen! Consider the sower who went out to sow.

33 "Listen! A farmer went out to sow.

33 Give attention to this! Behold, a sower went out to sow.

44 as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up.

44 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.

44 As he sowed, this occurred: Some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

44 As he was sowing, some seeds fell along the path, and birds came and ate them up.

44 And as he was sowing, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

55 "Other seed fell on the rocky ground where it did not have much soil; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil.

55 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:

55 Other seed fell on rocky ground where it didn't have much soil, and it sprang up right away, since it didn't have deep soil.

55 Others fell on stony ground, where they didn't have a lot of soil. They sprouted at once, because the soil wasn't deep.

55 Other seed [of the same kind] fell on ground full of rocks, where it had not much soil; and at once it sprang up, because it had no depth of soil;

66 "And after the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.

66 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.

66 When the sun came up, it was scorched, and since it didn't have a root, it withered.

66 But when the sun came up, they were scorched. Since they didn't have any roots, they dried up.

66 And when the sun came up, it was scorched, and because it had not taken root, it withered away.

77 "Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop.

77 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.

77 Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it didn't produce a crop.

77 Others fell among thorn bushes, and the thorn bushes came up and choked them out, and they didn't produce anything.

77 Other seed [of the same kind] fell among thorn plants, and the thistles grew and pressed together and utterly choked and suffocated it, and it yielded no grain.

88 "Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold."

88 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.

88 Still others fell on good ground and produced a crop that increased 30, 60, and 100 times [what was sown]."

88 But others fell on good soil and produced a crop. They grew up, increased in size, and produced 30, 60, or 100 times what was sown."

88 And other seed [of the same kind] fell into good (well-adapted) soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing, and yielded up to thirty times as much, and sixty times as much, and even a hundred times as much as had been sown.

99 And He was saying, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

99 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

99 Then He said, "Anyone who has ears to hear should listen!"

99 He added, "Let the person who has ears to hear, listen!"

99 And He said, He who has ears to hear, let him be hearing [and let him consider, and comprehend].

The Reason For The Parables

1010 As soon as He was alone, His followers, along with the twelve, began asking Him about the parables.

1010 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.

1010 When He was alone with the Twelve, those who were around Him asked Him about the parables.

1010 When he was alone with the Twelve and those around him, they began to ask him about the parables.

1010 And as soon as He was alone, those who were around Him, with the Twelve [apostles], began to ask Him about the parables.

1111 And He was saying to them, "To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables,

1111 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:

1111 He answered them, "The secret does not mean "mystery" in the Eng sense; it means what we can know only by divine revelation. of the kingdom of God has been granted to you, but to those outside, everything comes in parables

1111 He told them, "The secret about the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside, everything comes in parables

1111 And He said to them, To you has been entrusted the mystery of the kingdom of God [that is, the secret counsels of God which are hidden from the ungodly]; but for those outside [ of our circle] everything becomes a parable,

1212 so that WHILE SEEING, THEY MAY SEE AND NOT PERCEIVE, AND WHILE HEARING, THEY MAY HEAR AND NOT UNDERSTAND, OTHERWISE THEY MIGHT RETURN AND BE FORGIVEN."

1212 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.

1212 so that they may look and look, yet not perceive; they may listen and listen, yet not understand; otherwise, they might turn back- and be forgiven. "

1212 so that "they may see clearly but not perceive, and they may hear clearly but not understand, otherwise they might turn around and be forgiven.'"

1212 In order that they may [indeed] look and look but not see and perceive, and may hear and hear but not grasp and comprehend, lest haply they should turn again, and it [ their willful rejection of the truth] should be forgiven them.

The Parable Of The Sower Interpreted

1313 And He said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand all the parables?

1313 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

1313 Then He said to them: "Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand any of the parables?

1313 Then he told them, "You don't understand this parable, so how can you understand any of the parables?

1313 And He said to them, Do you not discern and understand this parable? How then is it possible for you to discern and understand all the parables?

1414 "The sower sows the word.

1414 The sower soweth the word.

1414 The sower sows the word.

1414 The farmer sows the word.

1414 The sower sows the Word.

1515 "These are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown; and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them.

1515 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

1515 These are the ones along the path where the word is sown: when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word sown in them.

1515 Some people are like the seeds along the path, where the word is sown. When they hear it, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.

1515 The ones along the path are those who have the Word sown [in their hearts], but when they hear, Satan comes at once and [by force] takes away the message which is sown in them.

1616 "In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy;

1616 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;

1616 And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, immediately they receive it with joy.

1616 Others are like the seeds sown on the stony ground. When they hear the word, at once they joyfully accept it,

1616 And in the same way the ones sown upon stony ground are those who, when they hear the Word, at once receive and accept and welcome it with joy;

1717 and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away.

1717 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.

1717 But they have no root in themselves; they are short-lived. When affliction or persecution comes because of the word, they immediately stumble.

1717 but since they don't have any roots, they last for only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes along because of the word, they immediately fall away.

1717 And they have no real root in themselves, and so they endure for a little while; then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away.

1818 "And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word,

1818 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,

1818 Others are sown among thorns; these are the ones who hear the word,

1818 Still others are like the seeds sown among the thorn bushes. These are the people who hear the word,

1818 And the ones sown among the thorns are others who hear the Word;

1919 but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

1919 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

1919 but the worries of this age, the seduction of wealth, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

1919 but the worries of life, the deceitful pleasures of wealth, and the desires for other things come in and choke the word so that it can't produce a crop.

1919 Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.

2020 "And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold."

2020 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

2020 But the ones sown on good ground are those who hear the word, welcome it, and produce a crop: 30, 60, and 100 times [what was sown]."

2020 Others are like the seeds sown on good soil. They hear the word, accept it, and produce crops 30, 60, or 100 times what was sown."

2020 And those sown on the good (well-adapted) soil are the ones who hear the Word and receive and accept and welcome it and bear fruit -- "some thirty times as much as was sown, some sixty times as much, and some [even] a hundred times as much.

The Parable Of The Lamp

2121 And He was saying to them, "A lamp is not brought to be put under a basket, is it, or under a bed? Is it not brought to be put on the lampstand?

2121 And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?

2121 He also said to them, "Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket or under a bed? Isn't it to be put on a lampstand?

2121 Then Jesus told them, "A lamp isn't brought indoors to be put under a basket or under a bed, is it? It's to be put on a lamp stand, isn't it?

2121 And He said to them, Is the lamp brought in to be put under a peck measure or under a bed, and not [to be put] on the lampstand?

2222 "For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light.

2222 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.

2222 For nothing is concealed except to be revealed, and nothing hidden except to come to light.

2222 Nothing is hidden except for the purpose of having it revealed, and nothing is secret except for the purpose of having it come to light.

2222 [ Things are hidden temporarily only as a means to revelation.] For there is nothing hidden except to be revealed, nor is anything [temporarily] kept secret except in order that it may be made known.

2323 "If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."

2323 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

2323 If anyone has ears to hear, he should listen!"

2323 If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen!

2323 If any man has ears to hear, let him be listening and let him perceive and comprehend.

2424 And He was saying to them, "Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides.

2424 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

2424 Then He said to them, "Pay attention to what you hear. By the measure you use, it will be measured and added to you.

2424 He went on to say to them, "Pay attention to what you're hearing! You will be evaluated by the same standard with which you do your evaluating, and still more will be given to you,

2424 And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you -- "and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.

2525 "For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him."

2525 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.

2525 For to the one who has, it will be given, and from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away."

2525 because whoever has something, will have more given to him. But whoever has nothing, even what he has will be taken away."

2525 For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away [ by force],

The Parable Of The Seed That Grows By Itself

2626 And He was saying, "The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil;

2626 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

2626 "The kingdom of God is like this," He said. "A man scatters seed on the ground;

2626 He was also saying, "The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seeds on the ground.

2626 And He said, The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed upon the ground,

2727 and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows--how, he himself does not know.

2727 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.

2727 he sleeps and rises-night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows-he doesn't know how.

2727 He sleeps and gets up night and day while the seeds sprout and grow, although he doesn't know how

2727 And then continues sleeping and rising night and day while the seed sprouts and grows and increases -- "he knows not how.

2828 "The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.

2828 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

2828 The soil produces a crop by itself-first the blade, then the head, and then the ripe grain on the head.

2828 the ground produces grain by itself first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.

2828 The earth produces [acting] by itself -- "first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.

2929 "But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."

2929 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

2929 But as soon as the crop is ready, he sends for the sickle, because harvest has come."

2929 But when the grain is ripe, he immediately starts cutting with his sickle because the harvest time has come."

2929 But when the grain is ripe and permits, immediately he sends forth [the reapers] and puts in the sickle, because the harvest stands ready.

The Parable Of The Mustard Seed

3030 And He said, "How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it?

3030 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?

3030 And He said: "How can we illustrate the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use to describe it?

3030 He was also saying, "How can we show what the kingdom of God is like, or what parable can we use to describe it?

3030 And He said, With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use to illustrate and explain it?

3131 "It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil,

3131 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:

3131 It's like a mustard seed that, when sown in the soil, is smaller than all the seeds on the ground.

3131 It's like a mustard seed planted in the ground. Although it's the smallest of all the seeds on earth,

3131 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all seeds upon the earth;

3232 yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that THE BIRDS OF THE AIR can NEST UNDER ITS SHADE."

3232 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.

3232 And when sown, it comes up and grows taller than all the vegetables, and produces large branches, so that the birds of the sky can nest in its shade."

3232 when it's planted it comes up and becomes larger than all the garden plants. It grows such large branches that the birds in the sky can nest in its shade."

3232 Yet after it is sown, it grows up and becomes the greatest of all garden herbs and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air are able to make nests and dwell in its shade.

Using Parables

3333 With many such parables He was speaking the word to them, so far as they were able to hear it;

3333 And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it.

3333 He would speak the word to them with many parables like these, as they were able to understand.

3333 With many other parables like these, Jesus kept speaking his message to them according to their ability to understand.

3333 With many such parables [Jesus] spoke the Word to them, as they were able to hear and to comprehend and understand.

3434 and He did not speak to them without a parable; but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples.

3434 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.

3434 And He did not speak to them without a parable. Privately, however, He would explain everything to His own disciples.

3434 He did not tell them anything without using a parable, though he explained everything to his disciples in private.

3434 He did not tell them anything without a parable; but privately to His disciples ( those who were peculiarly His own) He explained everything [fully].

Calming Of A Storm

3535 On that day, when evening came, He said to them, "Let us go over to the other side."

3535 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.

3535 On that day, when evening had come, He told them, "Let's cross over to the other side [of the lake]."

3535 That day, when evening had come, he told them, "Let's cross to the other side."

3535 On that same day [when] evening had come, He said to them, Let us go over to the other side [of the lake].

3636 Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him.

3636 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.

3636 So they left the crowd and took Him along since He was [already] in the boat. And other boats were with Him.

3636 So they left the crowd and took him away in a boat without making any special preparations. Other boats were with him.

3636 And leaving the throng, they took Him with them, [just] as He was, in the boat [in which He was sitting]. And other boats were with Him.

3737 And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up.

3737 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

3737 A fierce windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking over the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped.

3737 A violent windstorm came up, and the waves began breaking into the boat, so that the boat was rapidly becoming swamped.

3737 And a furious storm of wind [ of hurricane proportions] arose, and the waves kept beating into the boat, so that it was already becoming filled.

3838 Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?"

3838 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

3838 But He was in the stern, sleeping on the cushion. So they woke Him up and said to Him, "Teacher! Don't you care that we're going to die?"

3838 But Jesus was in the back of the boat, asleep on a cushion. So they woke him up and asked him, "Teacher, don't you care that we're going to die?"

3838 But He [Himself] was in the stern [of the boat], asleep on the [leather] cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, Master, do You not care that we are perishing?

3939 And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Hush, be still." And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.

3939 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

3939 He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Silence! Be still!" The wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

3939 Then he got up, rebuked the wind, and told the sea, "Calm down! Be still!" Then the wind stopped blowing, and there was a great calm.

3939 And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased ( sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was [immediately] a great calm ( a perfect peacefulness).

4040 And He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?"

4040 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

4040 Then He said to them, "Why are you fearful? Do you still have no faith?"

4040 He asked them, "Why are you such cowards? Don't you have any faith yet?"

4040 He said to them, Why are you so timid and fearful? How is it that you have no faith (no firmly relying trust)?

4141 They became very much afraid and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?"

4141 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

4141 And they were terrified and asked one another, "Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey Him!"

4141 Overcome with fear, they kept saying to one another, "Who is this man? Even the wind and the sea obey him!"

4141 And they were filled with great awe and feared exceedingly and said one to another, Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey Him?



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