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Mark: 4
1ON ANOTHER OCCASION he began to teach by the lake-side. The crowd that gathered round him was so large that he had to get into a boat on the lake, and there he sat, with the whole crowd on the beach right down to the water's edge. 2And he taught them many things by parables.

As he taught he said: 3'Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4And it happened that as he sowed, some seed fell along the footpath; and the birds came and ate it up. 5Some seed fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil, and it sprouted quickly because it had no depth of earth; 6but when the sun rose the young corn was scorched, and as it had no proper root it withered away. 7Some seed fell among thistles; but the thistles shot up and choked the corn, and it yielded no crop. 8And some of the seed fell into good soil, where it came up and grew, and bore fruit; and the yield was thirtyfold, sixtyfold, even a hundredfold.'
9He added, 'If you have ears to hear, then hear.'


Matthew: 13
1THAT SAME DAY Jesus went out and sat beside the lake, where so many people gathered round him that he had to get into a boat. 2He sat there, and all the people stood on the shore. 3He spoke to them in parables, at some length.

He said: 'A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seed fell along the footpath; and the birds came and ate it up. 5Some seed fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil; it sprouted quickly because it had no depth of earth, 6but when the sun rose the young corn was scorched, and as it had no root it withered away. 7Some seed fell among thistles; and the thistles shot up, and choked the corn. 8And some of the seed fell into good soil, where it bore fruit, yielding a hundredfold or, it might be, sixtyfold or thirtyfold. 9If you have ears, then hear.'


Luke: 8
4People were now gathering in large numbers, and as they made their way to him from one town after another, he said in a parable: 5'A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the footpath, where it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6Some seed fell on rock and, after coming up, withered for lack of moisture. 7Some seed fell in among thistles, and the thistles grew up with it and choked it. 8And some of the seed fell into good soil, and grew, and yielded a hundredfold.' As he said this he called out, 'If you have ears to hear, then hear.'

Notes: The most generally known harmonies of the Gospels are based upon the Huck-Lietzmann Synopsis (1936) of the three gospels and Sparks' Synopsis (1964) of four gospels. Many of the passages in these harmonies are too short to display in a useful manner on a web-page.
The katapi New Study Bible Synopsis of the Gospels is based upon the headings displayed in the New Study Bible reference table which in turn follows the headings printed in the United Bible Societies' New Testament in Greek. These sections are more useful for bible study. Columns are arranged so that the first column is your chosen heading from the bible passage list (highlighted). The harmonies that follow across the web-page are then in the normally accepted order.
For Old Testament references quoted by New Testament authors, you should either go back to the passage listing web-page and select the link on the 'version' column; or click on the column heading and search through the chapter for the relevant passage; than select the OT passage from the reference column.

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