Mark 4:28
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New International Version
All by itself the soil produces grain--first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.

King James Bible
For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

Darby Bible Translation
The earth bears fruit of itself, first [the] blade, then an ear, then full corn in the ear.

World English Bible
For the earth bears fruit: first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.

Young's Literal Translation
for of itself doth the earth bear fruit, first a blade, afterwards an ear, afterwards full corn in the ear;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Bringeth forth - of herself - Αυτοματη. By its own energy, without either the influence or industry of man. Similar to this is the expression of the poet: -

Namque aliae, Nullis Homlnum Cogentibus, ipsae

Sponte Sua veniunt.

Virg. Geor. l. ii. v. 10

"Some (trees) grow of their own accord, without the labor of man."

All the endlessly varied herbage of the field is produced in this way.

The full corn - Πληρη σιτον, Full wheat; the perfect, full-grown, or ripe corn. Lucian uses κενος καρπος, Empty fruit, for imperfect, or unripe fruit. See Kypke.

The kingdom of God, which is generated in the soul by the word of life, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, is first very small; there is only a blade, but this is full of promise, for a good blade shows there is a good seed at bottom, and that the soil in which it is sown is good also. Then the ear - the strong stalk grows up, and the ear is formed at the top; the faith and love of the believing soul increase abundantly; it is justified freely through the redemption that is in Christ; it has the ear which is shortly to be filled with the ripe grain, the outlines of the whole image of God. Then the full corn. The soul is purified from all unrighteousness; and, having escaped the corruption that is in the world, it is made a partaker of the Divine nature, and is filled with all the fullness of God.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the earth.

Genesis 1:11,12 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind...

Genesis 2:4,5,9 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created...

Genesis 4:11,12 And now are you cursed from the earth, which has opened her mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand...

Isaiah 61:11 For as the earth brings forth her bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth...


Mark 4:31,32 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth...

Psalm 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither...

Psalm 92:13,14 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God...

Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more to the perfect day.

Ecclesiastes 3:1,11 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven...

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come to us as the rain...

Philippians 1:6,9-11 Being confident of this very thing, that he which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ...

Colossians 1:10 That you might walk worthy of the Lord to all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

1 Thessalonians 3:12,13 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you...


Matthew 13:26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

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

Mark 4:29
As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come."

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