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Matthew 13:20

    Matthew 13:20 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And he that was sown upon the rocky places, this is he that heareth the word, and straightway with joy receiveth it;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And that which went on the stones, this is he who, hearing the word, straight away takes it with joy;

    Webster's Revision

    And he that was sown upon the rocky places, this is he that heareth the word, and straightway with joy receiveth it;

    World English Bible

    What was sown on the rocky places, this is he who hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And he that was sown upon the rocky places, this is he that heareth the word, and straightway with joy receiveth it;

    Definitions for Matthew 13:20

    Anon - Immediately.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 13:20

    But he that received the seed into stony places - is he - That is, is a fit emblem of that man who, hearing the Gospel, is affected with its beauty and excellency, and immediately receiveth it with joy - is glad to hear what God has done to make man happy.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 13:20

    But he that received the seed into stony places - Jesus explains this as denoting those who hear the gospel; who are caught with it as something new or pleasing; who profess to be greatly delighted with it, and who are full of zeal for it.

    Yet they have no root in themselves. They are not true Christians. Their hearts are not changed. They have not seen their guilt and danger, and the true excellency of Christ. They are not "really" attached to the gospel; and when they are tried and persecution comes, they fall - as the rootless grain withers before the scorching rays of the noonday sun.

    Anon - "Quickly," or "readily."

    With joy receiveth it - They are under deep distress for sin; they are apprehensive of danger; they hear the offer of mercy, and they seem to themselves to embrace the gospel. It offers them peace, pardon, salvation, and religion assumes for a time a lovely aspect. They imagine that they are pardoned, and they have a temporary peace and joy. Their anxieties subside. Their fears are gone. They are for a time happy. "The mere subsiding of anxious feeling from any cause will make the mind for a time happy." They have only to imagine, therefore, that their sins are forgiven, to produce a certain kind of peace and joy. But there is no ground of permanent joy, as there is in true pardon, and soon their joy subsides, and all evidence of piety disappears. There is no strength of principle to resist temptation; there is no real love of the Saviour; and in times of trial and persecution they show that they have no true religion, and fall away.

    By and by - Mark, "Immediately." That is, it soon occurs, or this is an effect which may be expected soon to follow.

    Is offended - Stumbles or falls, for this is the meaning of the word "offend" in the New Testament. See the notes at Matthew 5:29. Persecution and trial are placed in his path, and he falls as he would over a "stumbling-block." He has no strength of principle - no real confidence in God - no true religion. Mere excited animal feeling is all that he ever had, and that is not sufficient to sustain him when the trial comes.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 13:20

    13:20 The seed sown on stony places, therefore sprang up soon, because it did not sink deep, Mt 13:5. He receiveth it with joy - Perhaps with transport, with ecstacy: struck with the beauty of truth, and drawn by the preventing grace of God.