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Mark 4 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Once again Jesus began teaching by the lakeshore. A very large crowd soon gathered around him, so he got into a boat. Then he sat in the boat while all the people remained on the shore.

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“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seed.

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Other seed fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seed sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow.

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Other seed fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants so they produced no grain.

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Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they sprouted, grew, and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

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Then he said, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

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He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secret[fn] of the Kingdom of God. But I use parables for everything I say to outsiders,

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so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled:
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Then Jesus said to them, “If you can’t understand the meaning of this parable, how will you understand all the other parables?

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The farmer plants seed by taking God’s word to others.

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The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away.

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The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy.

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But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.

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The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word,

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but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.

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And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

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Then Jesus asked them, “Would anyone light a lamp and then put it under a basket or under a bed? Of course not! A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light will shine.

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For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light.

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Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

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Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given[fn]—and you will receive even more.

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To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.”

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Jesus also said, “The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground.

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Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens.

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The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens.

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And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come.”

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Jesus said, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it?

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It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds,

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but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.”

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Jesus used many similar stories and illustrations to teach the people as much as they could understand.

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As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.”

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Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”

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When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.

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Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

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The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”
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Greek mystery.
Isa 6:9-10 (Greek version).
Or The measure you give will be the measure you get back.

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Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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