New American Standard Bible
and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows-- how, he himself does not know.
King James Bible
And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.
Darby Bible Translation
and should sleep and rise up night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he does not know how.
World English Bible
and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he doesn't know how.
Young's Literal Translation
and may sleep, and may rise night and day, and the seed spring up and grow, he hath not known how;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And should sleep, and rise night and day - Should sleep in the night and rise by day, for so the expression is to be understood. That is, should live in his usual way, without exerting any influence over the growing grain. By this we are not to infer that men are to use no diligence in the obtaining and in the growth of piety; but the illustration shows only that as we cannot tell how grain grows, so we cannot tell the mode in which piety increases in the heart.
He knoweth not how - This is still true. After all the researches of philosophers, no one has been able to tell the way in which grain grows. They can observe one fact after another; they can see the changes; they can see the necessity of rains and suns, of care and shelter, but beyond this they cannot go. So in religion. We can mark the change; we can see the need of prayer, and self-examination, and searching the Scriptures, and the ordinances of religion, but we cannot tell in what way the religious principle is developed and strengthened. As God unseen, yet by the use of proper means, makes the grass to flourish, so God unseen, but by proper means, nourishes the soul, and the plants of piety spring up, and bloom, and bear fruit. Compare the notes at John 3:8.
LibraryLamps and Bushels
'And Jesus 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?'--Mark iv. 21. The furniture of a very humble Eastern home is brought before us in this saying. In the original, each of the nouns has the definite article attached to it, and so suggests that in the house there was but one of each article; one lamp, a flat saucer with a wick swimming in oil; one measure for corn and the like; one bed, raised slightly, but sufficiently to admit …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Toiling Christ
Chapter: 4:21-25 Lamp and Stand
And He was saying, "The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil;
"The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.
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