The parable of the sower,
Mark 4:1 And he began agayn to teache by the sea side. And he gathered together vnto him muche people, so greatly that he entred into a shyp, & sate in the sea, and all the people was by the sea side on the shoore. Mark 4:2 And he taughte them manye thynges in similitudes: and sayde vnto them in hys doctrine. Mark 4:3 Herken. Beholde, there went out a sower to sow. Mark 4:4 And it fortuned as he sowed, that some fell by the waye syde, & the fowles of the ayre came & deuoured it vp. Mark 4:5 Some fell on stony grounde, where it had not muche earth, & by & by sprang vp, because it had not depth of earthe, Mark 4:6 but assone as the sonne was vp it caught heath, and because it had not roting widdred awaye. Mark 4:7 And some fell among the thornes, and the thornes grew vp & choked it so that it gaue no frute. Mark 4:8 And some fell vpon good ground, & dyd yeld frute, some thyrty folde, some sixtie folde, and some an hundred folde. Mark 4:9 And he sayd vnto them: He that hath eares to heare, let hym heare. Mark 4:10 And when he was alone, they that were aboute hym with the .xij. axed hym of the similitude, Mark 4:11 & he sayd vnto them: To you it is geuen to knowe the mysterye of the kyngedome of God. But vnto them that are without: shal al thynges be done in similitudes: Mark 4:12 þt when they se, they shall se, and not dyscerne, and when they heare, they shal heare, and not vnderstand leste at any tyme they shoulde tourne: & theyr synnes shoulde be forgeuen them, Mark 4:13 and he said vnto them: Perceyue ye not thys similitude? howe then shoulde ye vnderstand all other similitudes?
and the meaning thereof.
Mark 4:14 The sower soweth the word, Mark 4:15 and they that are by the wayes side, where the worde is sowen, are they to whome assone as they haue hearde it, Satan cometh immediatly, & taketh awaye the worde that was sowen in theyr hartes. Mark 4:16 And lykewyse they that are sowen on the stonye grounde, are they which when they haue hearde the worde, atonce receyue it with gladnes, Mark 4:17 yet haue no rotes in them selues: and so endure but a tyme: and anone as trouble and persecucyon aryseth for the wordes sake, they fall immediatlye. Mark 4:18 And they that are sowen amonge the thornes; are suche as heare the worde, Mark 4:19 and the care of thys worlde & the dysceythfulnes of ryches & þe lustes of other thynges, enter in, and choke the worde: and it is made vnfrutefull. Mark 4:20 And those that were sowed in good grounde are they that heare the worde, & receyue it, & bryng forth frute, some thyrty fold, some sixtye folde, some an hundred folde.
We must communicate the light of our knowledge to others.
Mark 4:21 And he sayd vnto them: is the candle lighted, to be put vnder a bushell, or vnder the table, and not rather to be put on a candelstick? Mark 4:22 For there is nothyng so preuy, that shall not be opened: neyther so secrete, but that it shall come abroade. Mark 4:23 Yf any man haue eares to heare let hym heare. Mark 4:24 And he sayde vnto them: take hede what ye heare. With what measure ye mete, with the same shall it be measured vnto you agayne. And vnto you that heare, shall more be geuen. Mark 4:25 For vnto him that hath, shall it be geuen: and from hym that hath not shall be taken away: euen that he hath.
The parable of the seed growing secretly,
Mark 4:26 And he sayde: so is the kyngdome of God euen as yf a man shoulde sowe sede in the grounde, Mark 4:27 and shoulde slepe and ryse vp night and daye, and the sede shoulde spryng & grow vp, he not ware. Mark 4:28 For the earth bryngeth forth frute of her selfe: fyrst the blade, then þe eares, after that full corne in the eares. Mark 4:29 And assone as the frute is broughte forth, anone he thrusteth in the sykell, because the heruest is come.
and of the mustard seed.
Mark 4:30 And he sayde: where vnto shal we lyken þe kyngdome of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? Mark 4:31 It is lyke a grayne of mustarde sede, which when it is sowen in the earth, is the least of all seedes that be in the earth: Mark 4:32 but after that it is sowen, it groweth vp and is greatest of al herbes and beareth great braunches, so that the foules of the ayre maye dwell vnder the shadowe of it. Mark 4:33 And with many suche similitudes he preached the worde vnto them, after as they myghte heare it. Mark 4:34 And withoute similitude spake he nothyng vnto them. But when they were apart he expounded all thynges to hys disciples.
Christ stilleth the tempest on the sea.
Mark 4:35 And the same daye when euen was come he sayde vnto them: Let vs passe ouer vnto the other syde. Mark 4:36 And they lefte the people and toke hym euen as he was in the shyppe. And there were also with hym other shyppes. Mark 4:37 And there arose a greate storme of wynde and dashed the waues into the shyppe, so that it was full. Mark 4:38 And he was in the sterne a slepe on a pelowe. And they awoke hym, and sayde to hym: Mayster carest thou not that we peryshe? Mark 4:39 And he rose vp, and rebuked the wynd and sayed vnto the sea: peace and be styll. And the wynde alayed, and there folowed a great calme. Mark 4:40 And he sayde vnto them: Why are ye so fearfull? howe is it that ye haue no faythe? Mark 4:41 And they feared excedynglye, and sayed one to another: What felowe is thys. For both wynde and sea obeye hym.