The Holy Bible - The New King James Version - Mark
- And again He began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered
to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole
multitude was on the land facing the sea.
- Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His
- "Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow.
- And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the
birds of the air came and devoured it.
- Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and
immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth.
- But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it
- And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and
it yielded no crop.
- But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up,
increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred."
- And He said to them, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"
- But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about
- 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 things come in parables,
- So that 'Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear
and not understand; Lest they should turn, And their sins be forgiven them.' "
- And He said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? How then will
you understand all the parables?
- The sower sows the word.
- And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they
hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their
- These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the
word, immediately receive it with gladness;
- And they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time.
Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word's sake,
immediately they stumble.
- Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the
- And the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires
for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
- But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word,
accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred."
- Also 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?
- For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything
been kept secret but that it should come to light.
- If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."
- 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.
- For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have,
even what he has will be taken away from him."
- And He said, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the
- And should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and
grow, he himself does not know how.
- For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head,
after that the full grain in the head.
- But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the
harvest has come."
- Then He said, "To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what
parable shall we picture it?
- It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller
than all the seeds on earth;
- 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
- And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to
- But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone,
He explained all things to His disciples.
- On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, "Let us cross
over to the other side."
- Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as
He was. And other little boats were also with Him.
- And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it
was already filling.
- But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said
to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?"
- 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.
- But He said to them, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no
- And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, "Who can this be,
that even the wind and the sea obey Him!"
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