4:1 And he began again to teach by the a sea side: and there
was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered
into a ship, and sat b in the sea; and the whole multitude
was by the sea on the land.
(a) Seaside of Tiberias.
(b) In a ship which was launched into the sea.
4:31 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
(1) The same doctrine of the Gospel is sown everywhere, but it
it does not have the same success indeed because of the
fault of man, but yet by the just judgment of God.
4:10 And when he was c alone, they that were d about him
with the twelve asked of him the parable.
(c) Literally, "solitary".
(d) They that followed him at his heels.
4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the
mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are e
without, all [these] things are done in parables:
(e) That is to say, to strangers, and such ones as are not
4:19 And the cares f of this world, and the deceitfulness of
riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke
the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
(f) Which pertain to this life.
4:212 And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put
under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a
(2) Although the light of the gospel is rejected by the world,
yet it ought to be lit, if for no other reason than this,
that the wickedness of the world might be revealed.
4:243 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with
what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto
you that hear shall more be given.
(3) The more liberally that we share such gifts as God has
given us with our brethren, the more bountiful God will be
4:264 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man
should cast seed into the ground;
(4) The Lord sows and reaps in a manner unknown to men.
4:27 And g should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed
should spring and grow up, he h knoweth not how.
(g) That is, when he has finished sowing should wait both
day and night not doubting that the seed should spring
forth, which grows both by day and night.
(h) It is the duty of the ministers to work the ground with
all diligence, and accredit the success to God: for the
mighty work of the seed coming to blade and ear is
mysterious, and is only known by the fruit that comes.
4:28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit i of herself; first
the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the
(i) By a certain power which moves itself.
4:305 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of
God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?
(5) God uses a method that men never do, beginning with the
least and ending with the greatest.
4:33 And with many such parables spake he the word unto them,
k as they were able to hear [it].
(k) According to the ability of the hearers.
4:34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they
were alone, he l expounded all things to his disciples.
(l) Literally, "loosed", as you would say, explained to
them the hard riddles.
4:376 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves
beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
(6) They that sail with Christ, although he seems to sleep ever
so soundly when they are in danger, yet they are preserved
by him in due time, being awakened.
4:40 And he said unto them, m Why are ye so fearful? how is it
that ye have no faith?
(m) How does it come to pass that you have no faith?