Mark 4:26

“And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he said, So is the kingdome of God, as if a man should cast seede into the ground,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And He was saying, "The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed upon the earth;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he said, Such is the kingdom of God, as if a man put seed in the earth,
- Basic English Bible

And he said, Thus is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast the seed upon the earth,
- Darby Bible

And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
- Webster's Bible

Another saying of His was this: "The Kingdom of God is as if a man scattered seed over the ground:
- Weymouth Bible

He said, "The Kingdom of God is as if a man should cast seed on the earth,
- World English Bible

And he seide, So the kingdom of God is, as if a man caste seede in to the erthe,
- Wycliffe Bible

And he said, `Thus is the reign of God: as if a man may cast the seed on the earth,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Mark 4:26


4:26 So is the kingdom of God - The inward kingdom is like seed which a man casts into the ground - This a preacher of the Gospel casts into the heart. And he sleeps and rises night and day - That is, he has it continually in his thoughts. Meantime it springs and grows up he knows not how - Even he that sowed it cannot explain how it grows. For as the earth by a curious kind of mechanism, which the greatest philosophers cannot comprehend, does as it were spontaneously bring forth first the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear: so the soul, in an inexplicable manner, brings forth, first weak graces, then stronger, then full holiness: and all this of itself, as a machine, whose spring of motion is within itself. Yet observe the amazing exactness of the comparison. The earth brings forth no corn (as the soul no holiness) without both the care and toil of man, and the benign influence of heaven.


People's Bible Notes for Mark 4:26


Mr 4:26 So is the kingdom of God. This parable is given only by Mark, but its general lesson is enforced by parallel passages, e.g. Isa 55:10,11 Jas 5:7,8 1Pe 1:23-25. In the kingdom of grace, as in nature, we are laborers together with God; the results of our work depend on him, and for the perfection of these results he takes his own time (1Co 3:6-9). Hence, (1) it is ours to sow the seed (the truth), his to give it growth; (2) having sown, we are to wait for time and God to perfect it; (3) this he does according to the definite order of development--first the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear; (4) not until there has been time for the development, are we to expect to reap. The lesson is one of trust and hope. Should cast seed. The word of God, the Gospel.

Discussion for Mark 4:26

  • Ben Weaver for verse 26
    A few additional observations. Jesus taught these parables to people who were still outside,(v.11) and before the cross and Holy Spirit outpouring. Later, Paul says, we are translated into the kingdom, and coworkers with God.(Col.1:24)Although we cannot duplicate, or even understand the mystery of life and growth, Christians may be called to work with the word by prayer and faith in the name (as agents)of Jesus. This supernatural function in the spirit world is quite apart from our well-meant carnal systems of management. Our worldly programs and organizations (of church building) do not, in themselves have the spiritual life that only the word of God has. Lets be careful to plant, water, and harvest only His seed. The good seed of the gospel also prepares the soil, can stop Satan from stealing, and hinders carnal riches and cares from choking out the living seed. Jesus is that life-giving Spirit.(1 Cor. 15:45

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