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Mark 4:29

    Mark 4:29 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But when the fruit is ripe, straightway he putteth forth the sickle, because the harvest is come.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But when the grain is ready, he quickly sends men to get it cut, because the time for cutting has come.

    Webster's Revision

    But when the fruit is ripe, straightway he putteth forth the sickle, because the harvest is come.

    World English Bible

    But when the fruit is ripe, immediately he puts forth the sickle, because the harvest has come."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But when the fruit is ripe, straightway he putteth forth the sickle, because the harvest is come.

    Clarke's Commentary on Mark 4:29

    He putteth in the sickle - ΑποϚελλει, he sendeth out the sickle, i.e. the reapers; the instrument, by a metonomy, being put for the persons who use it. This is a common figure. It has been supposed that our Lord intimates here that, as soon as a soul is made completely holy, it is taken into the kingdom of God. But certainly the parable does not say so. When the corn is ripe, it is reaped for the benefit of him who sowed it; for it can be of little or no use till it be ripe: so when a soul is saved from all sin, it is capable of being fully employed in the work of the Lord: it is then, and not till then, fully fitted for the Master's use. God saves men to the uttermost, that they may here perfectly love him, and worthily magnify his name. To take them away the moment they are capable of doing this, would be, so far, to deprive the world and the Church of the manifestation of the glory of his grace. "But the text says, he immediately sendeth out the sickle; and this means that the person dies, and is taken into glory, as soon as he is fit for it." No, for there may be millions of cases, where, though to die would be gain, yet to live may be far better for the Church, and for an increase of the life of Christ to the soul. See Philippians 1:21, Philippians 1:24. Besides, if we attempt to make the parable speak here what seems to be implied in the letter, then we may say, with equal propriety, that Christ sleeps and wakes alternately; and that his own grace grows, he knows not how, in the heart in which he has planted it.

    On these two parables we may remark: -

    1. That a preacher is a person employed by God, and sent out to sow the good seed of his kingdom in the souls of men.

    2. That it is a sin against God to stay in the field and not sow.

    3. That it is a sin to pretend to sow, when a man is not furnished by the keeper of the granary with any more seed.

    4. That it is a high offense against God to change the Master's seed, to mix it, or to sow bad seed in the place of it.

    5. That he is not a seeds-man of God who desires to sow by the way side, etc., and not on the proper ground, i.e. he who loves to preach only to genteel congregations, to people of sense and fashion, and feels it a pain and a cross to labor among the poor and the ignorant.

    6. That he who sows with a simple, upright heart, the seed of his Master, shall (though some may be unfruitful) see the seed take deep root; and, notwithstanding the unfaithfulness and sloth of many of his hearers, he shall doubtless come with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. See Quesnel.

    Barnes' Notes on Mark 4:29

    Immediately he putteth in the sickle - This is the way with the farmer. As soon as the grain is ripe it is cut down. So it is often with the Christian. As soon as he is prepared for heaven he is taken there. But we are not to press this part of the parable, as if it meant that all are removed as soon as they are fit for heaven. Every parable contains circumstances thrown in to fill up the story, which cannot be literally interpreted. In this, the circumstance of sleeping and rising cannot be applied to Christ; and in like manner, the harvest, I suppose, is not to be literally interpreted. Perhaps the whole parable may be differently interpreted. The seed sown may mean the gospel which he was preaching. In Judea its beginnings were small; yet he would leave it, commit it to his disciples, and return to his Father. The gospel, in the meantime, left by him, would take root, spring up, and produce an abundant harvest. In due time he would return, send forth the angels, and gather in the harvest, and save his people forever. Compare the notes at Matthew 13:31-33.