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4:1 And again he began to teach by the sea side. And there is gathered unto him a very great multitude, so that he entered into a boat, and sat in the sea; and all the multitude were by the sea on the land.
4:2 And he taught them many things in parables, and said unto them in his teaching,
4:3 Hearken: Behold, the sower went forth to sow:
4:5 And other fell on the rocky [ground], where it had not much earth; and straightway it sprang up, because it had no deepness of earth:
4:6 and when the sun was risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
4:9 And he said, Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
4:10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parables.
4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you is given the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all things are done in parables:
4:13 And he saith unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how shall ye know all the parables?
4:14 The sower soweth the word.
4:15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; and when they have heard, straightway cometh Satan, and taketh away the word which hath been sown in them.
4:16 And these in like manner are they that are sown upon the rocky [places], who, when they have heard the word, straightway receive it with joy;
4:17 and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, straightway they stumble.
4:18 And others are they that are sown among the thorns; these are they that have heard the word,
4:19 and the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
4:23 If any man hath ears to hear, let him hear.
4:24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete it shall be measured unto you; and more shall be given unto you.
4:25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he hath.
4:26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed upon the earth;
4:29 But when the fruit is ripe, straightway he putteth forth the sickle, because the harvest is come.
4:30 And he said, How shall we liken the kingdom of God? or in what parable shall we set it forth?
4:31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown upon the earth, though it be less than all the seeds that are upon the earth,
4:32 yet when it is sown, groweth up, and becometh greater than all the herbs, and putteth out great branches; so that the birds of the heaven can lodge under the shadow thereof.
4:33 And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it;
4:38 And he himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion: and they awake him, and say unto him, Teacher, carest thou not that we perish?
4:40 And he said unto them, Why are ye fearful? have ye not yet faith?