The Parable of the Sower(A)

And (B)again He began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea. Then He taught them many things by parables, (C)and said to them in His teaching:

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And He said [a]to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

The Purpose of Parables(A)

10 (B)But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. 11 And He said to them, “To you it has been given to (C)know the [b]mystery of the kingdom of God; but to (D)those who are outside, all things come in parables, 12 so that

(E)‘Seeing they may see and not perceive,
And hearing they may hear and not understand;
Lest they should turn,
And their sins be forgiven them.’

The Parable of the Sower Explained(F)

13 And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?

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  1. Mark 4:9 NU, M omit to them
  2. Mark 4:11 secret or hidden truths

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