The parable of the sower,
Mark 4:1 And he beganne againe to teach by the Sea side: and there was gathered vnto him a great multitude, so that he entred into a ship, and sate in the Sea: and the whole multitude was by the Sea on the land. Mark 4:2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said vnto them in his doctrine, Mark 4:3 Hearken, Behold, there went out a sower to sow: Mark 4:4 And it came to passe as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the foules of the aire came, & deuoured it vp. Mark 4:5 And some fell on stonie ground, where it had not much earth: and immediately it sprang vp, because it had no depth of earth. Mark 4:6 But when the Sunne was vp, it was scorched, and because it had no roote, it withered away. Mark 4:7 And some fell among thornes, and the thornes grew vp, and choked it, and it yeelded no fruite. Mark 4:8 And other fell on good ground, and did yeeld fruite that sprang vp, and increased, and brought foorth some thirtie, & some sixtie, & some an hundred. Mark 4:9 And he said vnto them, He that hath eares to heare, let him heare. Mark 4:10 And when hee was alone, they that were about him, with the twelue, asked of him the parable. Mark 4:11 And he said vnto them, Unto you it is giuen to know the mystery of the kingdome of God: but vnto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: Mark 4:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceiue, and hearing they may heare, and not vnderstand, lest at any time they should be conuerted, and their sinnes should be forgiuen them. Mark 4:13 And he said vnto them, Know ye not this parable? And how then will you know all parables?
and the meaning thereof.
Mark 4:14 The Sower soweth the word. Mark 4:15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sowen, but when they haue heard, Satan commeth immediately, and taketh away the word that was sowen in their hearts. Mark 4:16 And these are they likewise which are sowen on stonie ground, who when they haue heard the word, immediately receiue it with gladnesse: Mark 4:17 And haue no roote in themselues, and so endure but for a time: afterward when affliction or persecution ariseth for the words sake, immediately they are offended. Mark 4:18 And these are they which are sowen among thorns: such as heare the word, Mark 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulnesse of riches, and the lusts of other things entring in, choke the word, and it becommeth vnfruitfull. Mark 4:20 And these are they which are sowen on good ground, such as heare the word, and receiue it, & bring foorth fruit, some thirty fold, some sixtie, and some an hundred.
We must communicate the light of our knowledge to others.
Mark 4:21 And he said vnto them, Is a candle brought to be put vnder a bushell, or vnder a bed? & not to be set on a candlesticke? Mark 4:22 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested: neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. Mark 4:23 If any man haue eares to heare, let him heare. Mark 4:24 And he said vnto them, Take heed what you heare: With what measure ye mete, it shalbe measured to you: And vnto you that heare, shal more be giuen. Mark 4:25 For he that hath, to him shall be giuen: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken, euen that which he hath.
The parable of the seed growing secretly,
Mark 4:26 And he said, So is the kingdome of God, as if a man should cast seede into the ground, Mark 4:27 And should sleepe, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring, and grow vp, he knoweth not how. Mark 4:28 For the earth bringeth foorth fruite of herselfe, first the blade, then the eare, after that the full corne in the eare. Mark 4:29 But when the fruite is brought foorth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the haruest is come.
and of the mustard seed.
Mark 4:30 And he said, Wherunto shal we liken the kingdome of God? Or with what comparison shall we compare it? Mark 4:31 It is like a graine of mustard seed: which when it is sowen in the earth, is lesse then all the seedes that be in the earth. Mark 4:32 But when it is sowen, it groweth vp, and becommeth greater then all herbes, & shooteth out great branches, so that the fowles of the aire may lodge vnder the shadow of it. Mark 4:33 And with many such parables spake hee the word vnto them, as they were able to heare it. Mark 4:34 But without a parable spake he not vnto them, and when they were alone, hee expounded all things to his disciples.
Christ stilleth the tempest on the sea.
Mark 4:35 And the same day, when the Euen was come, he saith vnto them, Let vs passe ouer vnto the other side. Mark 4:36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they tooke him, euen as he was in the ship, and there were also with him other litle ships. Mark 4:37 And there arose a great storme of wind, and the waues beat into the ship, so that it was now full. Mark 4:38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship asleepe on a pillow: and they awake him, and say vnto him, Master, carest thou not, that we perish? Mark 4:39 And hee arose, and rebuked the winde, and said vnto the sea, Peace, be still: and the winde ceased, and there was a great calme. Mark 4:40 And he said vnto them, Why are ye so fearefull? How is it that you haue no faith? Mark 4:41 And they feared exceedingly, and saide one to another, What maner of man is this, that euen the winde and the sea obey him?