The Parable of the Sower Explained

13 Then(A) He said to them: “Don’t you understand this parable?(B) How then will you understand any of the parables? 14 The sower sows(C) the word.(D) 15 These[a] are the ones along the path(E) where the word is sown: when they hear, immediately Satan(F) comes and takes away the word(G) sown in them.[b] 16 And these are[c] the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, immediately they receive it with joy.(H) 17 But they have no root in themselves; they are short-lived. When pressure(I) or persecution comes because of the word, they immediately stumble.(J) 18 Others are sown among thorns; these are the ones who hear the word, 19 but the worries(K) of this age,(L) the seduction[d](M) of wealth,(N) and the desires(O) for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.(P) 20 But the ones sown on good ground are those who hear the word,(Q) welcome it, and produce a crop:(R) 30, 60, and 100 times what was sown.”

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  1. Mark 4:15 Some people
  2. Mark 4:15 Other mss read in their hearts
  3. Mark 4:16 Other mss read are like
  4. Mark 4:19 Or pleasure, or deceitfulness

The Parable of the Sower Explained

11 “This is the meaning of the parable:[a](A) The seed is the word of God.(B) 12 The seed along the path are those who have heard and then the Devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the seed on the rock are those who, when they hear, welcome the word with joy. Having no root, these believe for a while and depart in a time of testing.(C) 14 As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who, when they have heard, go on their way and are choked with worries, riches, and pleasures of life,(D) and produce no mature fruit. 15 But the seed in the good ground—these are the ones who,[b] having heard the word with an honest and good heart, hold on to it and by enduring,(E) bear fruit.

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  1. Luke 8:11 Lit But this is the parable:
  2. Luke 8:15 Or these are the kind who