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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CommentaryClarke'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.
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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
Of Avoiding Heresies and Superstitions, and what is the Only True Catholic Church.
On Earthly Things
Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.
As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come."
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