Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mark 4

My non-scholarly translation of Mark 4



{Words not in the Greek text I added for clarity}

(Words in the Greek text I viewed as parenthetical)

[The authenticity of these words is in question]

The Gospel According to Mark

Chapter 4

A Parable is Introduced
1 And again he began to teach by the sea, and a great crowd flocked to him, so that he set out on a boat in the sea and sat down. And the whole crowd was by the sea on the land. 2 And he was teaching them many things using parables, and in his teaching he was saying to them,

3 “Pay attention! Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And it just so happened, in the process of sowing, that some {seed} fell alongside the road, and a bird came and ate it up. 5 Some other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of soil. 6 But when the sun rose, it was scorched, and because it had no root - it withered away. 7 Some other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns rose up and choked it, and it produced no fruit. 8 But some seed fell on the good ground, and rising up and increasing it yielded fruit, producing thirty, sixty, and a hundred {times the norm}!

9 And he said,

“He who has an ear to hear - let him hear!”

The Parable is Explained
10 And once He was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. 11 And he said to them,

“The mystery of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to those outside, everything is in parables. 12 So that, ‘Seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand - lest they turn and be forgiven.’”

13 And he said to them,

“You don’t understand this parable? How will you understand all the {other} parables?

14 The sower sows the word.

15 And these are the ones alongside the road where the word is sown, when they hear - Satan immediately comes and takes away the word which was sown in them.

16 And these are the ones sown on rocky ground, the ones who, when they hear the word - immediately receive it with joy. 17 But they have no root in themselves, but are temporary. Then, tribulation and persecutions come because of the word, immediately causing them to stumble.

18 And others are the ones sown among the thorns - these are the ones who hear the word 19 and the cares of the world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desire for other things enter in and choke the word, and it become unfruitful.

20 And those that were sown on the good ground, are the ones who hear the word and receive it and bear fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixtyfold, and some a hundredfold!”

“Let him hear!”
21 And he said to them,

“Is a lamp brought out in order to be placed under a basket, or under a couch, and not in order to be placed on a stand? 22 For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest, nor is anything made secret, except in order to be manifested. 23 If anyone has ears to hear - let him hear!”

24 And he said to them,

“Be careful what you hear - by the measure you use, it will be measured to you and even more will be added to you. 25 For to whoever has, more will be given. And whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.

Sower of the Kingdom
26 And he said,

“The kingdom of God is like a man who tosses seed onto the ground. 27 Day and night he sleeps and rises, and the seed sprouts and grows - he doesn’t know how. 28 The earth bears fruit by itself, first it’s just the blade, then it begins to bud, then it ripens. 29 But when the fruit is ready, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest is at hand.”

The Mustard Seed
30 He continued,

“To what can I compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use {to describe} it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown on the earth, is smaller than all the seeds {sown} on the earth. 32 Yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the other garden plants, and produces large branches so that the birds of the air can dwell under it’s shadow.”

33 And with many such parables he spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it. 34 But he did not speak to them without parables, but on his own, he explained everything to his own disciples.

“Why are you afraid?”
35 On that day, when it had become evening, he said to them,

“Let us cross to the other side.”

36 And leaving the crowd, they received him into their boat as he was, and other boats were with them. 37 And a large wind storm arose, and the waves crashed into the boat, so that the boat was already filling up. 38 And he was in the stern of the boat, sleeping on a pillow. And they woke him and said,

“Teacher! It doesn’t bother you that we are perishing?!”

39 And getting up, he rebuked the wind and said to the sea,

“Silence, be quiet.”

And the wind stopped and it became very calm. 40 And he said to them,

“Why are you afraid? You still have no faith?”

41 And they were terrified and said to one another,

“Who is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

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