Mark 4:30
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New Living Translation
Jesus said, "How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it?

King James Bible
And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, How should we liken the kingdom of God, or with what comparison should we compare it?

World English Bible
He said, "How will we liken the Kingdom of God? Or with what parable will we illustrate it?

Young's Literal Translation
And he said, 'To what may we liken the reign of God, or in what simile may we compare it?

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"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.
(Beside the Sea of Galilee.) Subdivision C. Parable of the Seed Growing Itself. ^B Mark IV. 26-29. ^b 26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed upon the earth; 27 and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he knoweth not how. [In the kingdom of grace, as well as in the kingdom of nature, we are laborers together with God. As preachers, teachers, or friends we sow the seed of the kingdom and God brings it to perfection (I. Cor. iii.
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

The Seed Growing Secretly.
"And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come."--MARK iv. 26-29. This is the only parable that is peculiar to Mark. The subjects contained in
William Arnot—The Parables of Our Lord

Ancient Versions of the Old Testament.
In the present chapter only those versions of the Old Testament are noticed which were made independently of the New. Versions of the whole Bible, made in the interest of Christianity, are considered in the following part. I. THE GREEK VERSION CALLED THE SEPTUAGINT. 1. This is worthy of special notice as the oldest existing version of the holy Scriptures, or any part of them, in any language; and also as the version which exerted a very large influence on the language and style of the New Testament;
E. P. Barrows—Companion to the Bible

Cross References
Matthew 13:24
Here is another story Jesus told: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field.

Matthew 13:31
Here is another illustration Jesus used: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field.

Matthew 13:32
It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches."

Mark 4:31
It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds,

Luke 13:18
Then Jesus said, "What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it?

Luke 13:19
It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds make nests in its branches."

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