Gospel of Mark chapter 4


Mark 4

1. Again he began teaching on the seashore, and great crowds gathered to him, as he climbed and sat in the fishing vessel at sea, and all the crowd stood on land, on the seashore.
2. And he taught them through many parables, and he declared through his knowledge,
3. "Listen, behold, the sower went out to sow.
4. "And as he sowed [the seed,] there was some that fell by the side of the road, and the birds came and ate it.
5. "Some, however, fell on stone, where there was not much soil, and in its hour, it dried up, for there was no depth to the soil.
6. "And as the sun rose up, then the heat, and because it had no root, it withered.
7. "And some other [seed] fell among thorns, and the thorns rose up and choked it, and it did not bear fruit.
8. "Some fell on good soil, and it grew and became big and gave much fruit, some thirty and some sixty and some one hundred [folds.]"
9. And he said, "Whoever has ears that hear, listen."
10. When they were by themselves, they asked him, those that were with him, together with his Twelve, about the parables.
11. And Eashoa said to them, "To you has been given the doctrine of the Kingdom of Allaha, but for the outsiders*, everything happens through parables,
12. "So that,
'As for seeing, they do see,
but do not discern,
And hearing, they do hear,
but without comprehending,
So as not to repent,
and as I may forgive their sins.' "
13. And he said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? And how will you [then] understand all the parables?

14. "The sower who sows, is the sower of the manifestation.
15. "Those that are on the side of the road, are the ones in whom the manifestation is sown and when they hear it, at once Satan comes and takes away the manifestation that was sown in their heart.
16. "Those that were sown over the stone, are the ones that when they hear the manifestation, at once accept it with joy,
17. "And they have no root in their soul, except they are seasonal, and when tribulation occurs, or rejection because of the Milta, they quickly get confused.
18. "And those that are sown among the thorns, are those that hear the manifestation,
19. "And the yoke of the world here, and the crushing weight of wealth and various pleasures, overwhelm and choke out the manifestation, and it becomes fruitless.

20. "And those that were sown in good soil, are the ones that hear the manifestation and accept it and produce fruit, thirty fold and sixty fold and one hundred fold."

21. And he said, "Why, is a lamp lit and set under a bucket or beneath a bed? Is it not set on a lamp stand*?
22. "For there is nothing hidden that is not revealed, and it was not hidden so as not to be revealed.
23. "If a human being has ears that hear, listen."

24. And he said to them, "Listen to what I am telling you. By the measure that you measure, it will be measured to you, and you will be further rewarded, if you listen.*
25. "For whoever has, it will be given to him, and whoever has not, even that which he has will be taken away from him."

26. And he said, "Such is the Kingdom of Allaha, like a man* who casts seed on the soil,
27. "And he sleeps and rises in the night and in the day, and the seed germinates and grows tall, while he is unaware.
28. "For the earth brings it to life*, and before, it is a shoot, and after that, foliage, until finally the foliage is full of grain.
29. "When it is in full fruition, at once there comes the sickle, for the harvest has arrived."

30. And he said, "What does the Kingdom of Allaha resemble? And by what parable shall we relate it?
31. "It is like a mustard seed, which when sown in the soil, is the smallest of all the plants on earth,
32. "And when it is sown, it climbs and becomes bigger than all the vegetables, and it makes a great number of branches, so that it is possible for birds to make their nests in its shade."
33. By such parables as these, Eashoa spoke with them, parables to which they were able to listen,
34. And without parables, he did not speak with them. To his disciples, however, between themselves and to them, he explained everything.
35. And he said to them that day, in the evening, "Let us make the crossing.*"
36. And they left the crowds, and they found him while he was in the vessel. And there were other boats with them.
37. And there was a great storm and wind, and the waves fell into the vessel and it was nearly becoming full.
38. However, Eashoa slept on a cushion in the back of the vessel. And they came and woke him up and said to him, "Our Master, are you not concerned that we are perishing?"
39. And he rose and rebuked the wind and told the sea, "Quiet! Be still!" And the winds became still and there was great calm.
40. And he said to them, "Why were you so afraid? And why is there no faith in you?"
41. And a great fear came upon them.* And they said one to another, "Who is he, that the winds and sea obey him?"

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*4:11 Lit. Ar. id.: Also, "backward ones."
*4:21 Lit. Ar. id.: "Minaret."
*4:24 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "See what hear you. By that measure that you measure, will be measured to you and increased for you, to those that listen."
*4:26 Lit. Ar. id: "Human being."
*4:28 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Fruition."
*4:35 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Let us cross the crossing."
*4:41 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And they feared a great fear."