Parable of the Seed

26 And He was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; 27 and he goes to bed at night and gets up daily, and the seed sprouts and grows—how, he himself does not know. 28 The soil produces crops by itself; first the stalk, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. 29 Now when the crop permits, he immediately [a](A)puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Parable of the Mustard Seed

30 (B)And He was saying, “How shall we [b](C)picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is the smallest of all the seeds that are upon the soil, 32 yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants, and forms large branches, with the result that (D)the birds of the sky can nest under its shade.”

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Footnotes

  1. Mark 4:29 Lit sends forth
  2. Mark 4:30 Lit compare