Bible: Mark 4:30-34

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

4:30 He also asked, “To what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use to present it? 4:31 It is like a mustard seed 1  that when sown in the ground, even though it is the smallest of all the seeds in the ground 4:32 when it is sown, it grows up, 2  becomes the greatest of all garden plants, and grows large branches so that the wild birds 3  can nest in its shade.” 4 

The Use of Parables

4:33 So 5  with many parables like these, he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear. 4:34 He did not speak to them without a parable. But privately he explained everything to his own disciples.

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