(Mat 13:18) Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower [Gk: to scatter].
1. parable = Gk: a similitude, i.e. (symbolic) fictitious narrative (of common life conveying a moral): comparison, figure, proverb.
2. (Mark 4:13,14) And he said unto them, Know [Gk: understand] ye not this parable? and how then will ye know [Gk: understand] all parables? The sower soweth the word.
3. (Luke 8:11) Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
THE WAY SIDE
(Mat 13:19) When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth [Gk: comprehends: considers] it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side [Gk: road side].
1. (Mark 4:15) And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
2. (Luke 8:12) Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
(Mat 13:20,21) But he that received the seed into stony places [Gk: rock-like places], the same is he that heareth the word, and anon [Gk: immediately] with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth [endures] for a while: for when tribulation [Gk: pressure: affliction, trouble] or persecution [Gk: to pursue: press toward] ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended [Gk: entrapped, tripped up, (fig.) stumbles: enticed to sin].
1. (Rom 15:12) And again, Isaiah saith, There shall be a root of Jesse [Isa 11:10], and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.
2. (Rev 5:5) And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
3. (Rev 22:16) I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
4. (Mark 4:16,17) And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.
5. (Luke 8:13) They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation [Gk: testing] fall away [Gk: to remove, instigate to revolt; to desist, desert: depart, withdraw self].
(Mat 13:22) He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care [Gk: distractions] of this world, and the deceitfulness [Gk: delusions] of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful [Gk: barren].
1. choke = Gk: to strangle completely, i.e. (lit.) to drown, or (fig.) to crowd:--choke, throng ///// denoting union; with or together, i.e. by association, companionship, resemblance, possession, etc.: beside, with. In comp, it has similar applications, including Completeness ///// AND ///// to wheeze, i.e. to throttle or strangle (drown): choke, take by the throat.
2. (Mark 4:18,19) And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in [into you], choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
3. (Luke 8:14) And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection [Gk: to be a bearer to completion (maturity), i.e. to ripen fruit].
(Mat 13:23) But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
1. (Mark 4:20) And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
2. (Luke 8:15) But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it [Gk: to hold down (fast): keep (in memory), possess, retain, seize on], and bring forth fruit with patience [Gk: cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy: enduring, patient continuance (waiting)].
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