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Matthew 13:4

    Matthew 13:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and as he sowed, some'seeds fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured them:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And while he did so, some seeds were dropped by the wayside, and the birds came and took them for food:

    Webster's Revision

    and as he sowed, some'seeds fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured them:

    World English Bible

    As he sowed, some seeds fell by the roadside, and the birds came and devoured them.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and as he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured them:

    Definitions for Matthew 13:4

    Fowls - Birds.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 13:4

    Some seeds fell by the way side - The hard beaten path, where no plough had broken up the ground.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 13:4

    Some seeds fell by the way-side - That is, the hard "path" or headland, which the plow had not touched, and where there was no opportunity for it to sink into the earth.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 13:4

    13:4 And while he sowed, some seeds fell by the highway side, and the birds came and devoured them - It is observable, that our Lord points out the grand hinderances of our bearing fruit, in the same order as they occur. The first danger is, that the birds will devour the seed. If it escape this, there is then another danger, namely, lest it be scorched, and wither away. It is long after this that the thorns spring up and choke the good seed. A vast majority of those who hear the word of God, receive the seed as by the highway side. Of those who do not lose it by the birds, yet many receive it as on stony places. Many of them who receive it in a better soil, yet suffer the thorns to grow up, and choke it: so that few even of these endure to the end, and bear fruit unto perfection: yet in all these cases, it is not the will of God that hinders, but their own voluntary perverseness.