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The Purpose of Parables



Mark 4:10-34



10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve, asked him of the parable.


11 And he said unto them, To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, but unto them that are without, all things be done in parables,


12 That they seeing, may see, and not discern, and they hearing, may hear, and not understand, lest at any time they should turn, and their sins should be forgiven them.


13 Again he said unto them, Perceive ye not this parable? How then should ye understand all other parables?


14 The sower soweth the word.


15 And these are they that receive the seed by the wayside, in whom the word is sown; but when they have heard it, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.


16 And likewise they that receive the seed in stony ground, are they, which when they have heard the word, straightway receive it with gladness.


17 Yet have they no root in themselves, and endure but a time; for when trouble and persecution ariseth for the word, immediately they be offended.


18 Also they that receive the seed among the thorns, are such as hear the word,


19 But the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things enter in, and choke the word, and it is unfruitful.


20 But they that have received seed in good ground, are they that hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, one corn thirty, another sixty, and some a hundred.


21 Also he said unto them, Is the candle light to be put under a bushel, or under the bed, and not to be put on a candlestick?


22 For there is nothing hid, that shall not be opened, neither is there a secret, but that it shall come to light.


23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.


24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear. With what measure you mete, it shall be measured unto you; and unto you that hear, shall more be given.


25 For unto him that hath, shall it be given, and from him that hath not, shall be taken away, even that he hath.


26 Also he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed in the ground,


27 And should sleep, and rise up night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he not knowing how.


28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself, first the blade, then the ears, after that full corn in the ears.


29 And as soon as the fruit sheweth itself, anon he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.


30 He said moreover, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what comparison shall we compare it?


31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which when it is sown in the earth, is the least of all seeds that be in the earth;


32 But after that it is sown, it groweth up, and is greatest of all herbs, and beareth great branches, so that the fowls of the heaven may build under the shadow of it.


33 And with many such parables he preached the word unto them, as they were able to hear it.


34 And without parables spake he nothing unto them; but he expounded all things to his disciples apart.




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