New Living Translation
Jesus also said, "The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who 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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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
4:26 So is the kingdom of God - The inward kingdom is like seed which a man casts into the ground - This a preacher of the Gospel casts into the heart. And he sleeps and rises night and day - That is, he has it continually in his thoughts. Meantime it springs and grows up he knows not how - Even he that sowed it cannot explain how it grows. For as the earth by a curious kind of mechanism, which the greatest philosophers cannot comprehend, does as it were spontaneously bring forth first the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear: so the soul, in an inexplicable manner, brings forth, first weak graces, then stronger, then full holiness: and all this of itself, as a machine, whose spring of motion is within itself. Yet observe the amazing exactness of the comparison. The earth brings forth no corn (as the soul no holiness) without both the care and toil of man, and the benign influence of heaven.
Library"Peace, be Still"
It had been an eventful day in the life of Jesus. Beside the Sea of Galilee He had spoken His first parables, by familiar illustrations again explaining to the people the nature of His kingdom and the manner in which it was to be established. He had likened His own work to that of the sower; the development of His kingdom to the growth of the mustard seed and the effect of leaven in the measure of meal. The great final separation of the righteous and the wicked He had pictured in the parables of …
Ellen Gould White—The Desire of Ages
The First Great Group of Parables.
The Seed Growing Secretly.
Ancient Versions of the Old Testament.
Here is another story Jesus told: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field.
To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them."
Night and day, while he's asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens.
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