Matthew 13:4
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New International Version
As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

King James Bible
And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

Darby Bible Translation
and as he sowed, some [grains] fell along the way, and the birds came and devoured them;

World English Bible
As he sowed, some seeds fell by the roadside, and the birds came and devoured them.

Young's Literal Translation
and in his sowing, some indeed fell by the way, and the fowls did come and devour them,

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Some seeds fell by the way side - The hard beaten path, where no plough had broken up the ground.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the way.

Matthew 13:18,19 Hear you therefore the parable of the sower...

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Toleration
(Preached at Christ Church, Marylebone, 1867, for the Bishop of London's Fund.) MATTHEW xiii. 24-30. The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the household came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He
Charles Kingsley—Discipline and Other Sermons

Ears and no Ears
'Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.--MATT. xiii. 8. This saying was frequently on our Lord's lips, and that in very various connections. He sometimes, as in the instance before us, appended it to teaching which, from its parabolic form, required attention to disentangle the spiritual truth implied. He sometimes used it to commend some strange, new revolutionary teaching to men's investigation--as, for instance, after that great declaration of the nullity of ceremonial worship, how that nothing
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Parable of the Tares, by Bishop Latimer, Preached on the 7Th of February, 1553.
MATTHEW XIII.--The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way, &c. This is a parable or similitude wherein our Saviour compared the kingdom of God, that is, the preaching of his word, wherein consisteth the salvation of mankind, unto a husbandman who sowed good seed in his field. But before we come unto the matter, you shall first learn to understand what this word parable, which
John Knox—The Pulpit Of The Reformation, Nos. 1, 2 and 3.

A Man Reaps More than He Sows.
A MAN REAPS MORE THAN HE SOWS. "But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold."--Matt. xiii: 8. If I sow a bushel, I expect to reap ten or twenty bushels. I can sow in one day what will take ten men to reap. The Spaniards have this proverb: "Sow a thought and reap an act. Sow an act, and reap a habit. Sow a habit, and reap a character. Sow a character and reap a destiny." And it takes a longer time to reap than to sow. I have heard
Dwight L. Moody—Sowing and Reaping

Cross References
Matthew 13:3
Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed.

Matthew 13:5
Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.

Mark 4:4
As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

Luke 8:5
"A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up.

Luke 18:35
As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.

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