Mark 4:26
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New International Version
He also said, "This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.

King James Bible
And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, Thus is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast the seed upon the earth,

World English Bible
He said, "The Kingdom of God is as if a man should cast seed on the earth,

Young's Literal Translation
And he said, 'Thus is the reign of God: as if a man may cast the seed on the earth,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

So is the kingdom of God - This parable is mentioned only by Mark, a proof that Mark did not abridge Matthew. Whitby supposes it to refer to the good ground spoken of before, and paraphrases is thus: - "What I have said of the seed sown upon good ground, may be illustrated by this parable. The doctrine of the kingdom, received in a good and honest heart, is like seed sown by a man in his ground, properly prepared to receive it; for when he hath sown it, he sleeps and wakes day after day, and, looking on it, he sees it spring and grow up through the virtue of the earth in which it is sown, though he knows not how it doth so; and when he finds it ripe, he reaps it, and so receives the benefit of the sown seed. So is it here: the seed sown in the good and honest heart brings forth fruit with patience; and this fruit daily increaseth, though we know not how the Word and Spirit work that increase; and then Christ the husbandman, at the time of the harvest, gathers in this good seed into the kingdom of heaven." I see no necessity of inquiring how Christ may be said to sleep and rise night and day; Christ being like to this husbandman only in sowing and reaping the seed.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 13:11,31,33 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given...

Luke 13:18 Then said he, To what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it?


Mark 4:3,4,14 Listen; Behold, there went out a sower to sow...


Proverbs 11:18 The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him that sows righteousness shall be a sure reward.

Ecclesiastes 11:4,6 He that observes the wind shall not sow; and he that regards the clouds shall not reap...

Isaiah 28:24-26 Does the plowman plow all day to sow? does he open and break the clods of his ground...

Isaiah 32:20 Blessed are you that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the donkey.

Matthew 13:3,24 And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow...

Luke 8:5,11 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down...

John 4:36-38 And he that reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit to life eternal: that both he that sows and he that reaps may rejoice together...

John 12:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it stays alone: but if it die...

1 Corinthians 3:6-9 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase...

James 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

1 Peter 1:23-25 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and stays for ever...

October 1 Evening
Grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.--EPH. 4:15. First the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.--Till we all come to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. They measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he that commendeth himself is approved,
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

Four Soils for one Seed
'And when He was alone, they that were about Him with the twelve asked of Him the parable. 11. And He said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12. That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. 13. And He said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Of Avoiding Heresies and Superstitions, and what is the Only True Catholic Church.
But since many heresies have existed, and the people of God have been rent into divisions at the instigation of demons, the truth must be briefly marked out by us, and placed in its own peculiar dwelling-place, that if any one shall desire to draw the water of life, he may not be borne to broken cisterns [898] which hold no water, but may know the abundant fountain of God, watered by which he may enjoy perpetual light. Before all things, it is befitting that we should know both that He Himself and
Lactantius—The divine institutes

On Earthly Things
The earth is man himself; in the gospel: another has fallen into the good earth. The same in a bad part about the sinner: you devour the earth all the days of your life. [Mark 4:18; Genesis 3:14] The dry lands are the flesh of a fruitless man; in Ecclesiastes, to work in a dry land with evil and sorrow. [Ecclesiastes 37:3] The dust is a sinner or the vanity of the flesh; in the psalm: like the dust, which the wind blows about. [Ps. 1:4 Vulgate] The mud is the gluttony of sinners; in the psalm: tear
St. Eucherius of Lyons—The Formulae of St. Eucherius of Lyons

Cross References
Matthew 13:24
Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.

Mark 4:25
Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them."

Mark 4:27
Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.

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