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Mark: 4
13 So he said, 'You do not understand this parable?
How then are you to understand any parable?
14 The sower sows the word.
15 Those along the footpath are people in whom the word is sown, but no sooner have they heard it than Satan comes and carries off the word which has been sown in them.
16 It is the same with those who receive the seed on rocky ground; as soon as they hear the word, they accept it with joy, 17 but it strikes no root in them; they have no staying-power; then, when there is trouble or persecution on account of the word, they fall away at once.
18 Others is again receive the seed among thistles; they hear the word, 19 but worldly cares and the false glamour of wealth and all kinds of evil desire come in and choke the word, and it proves barren.
20 And there are those who receive the seed in good soil; they hear the word and welcome it; and they bear fruit thirtyfold, sixty-fold, or a hundredfold.'
Matthew: 13
18 'You, then, may hear the parable of the sower. 19 When a man hears the word that tells of the Kingdom but fails to understand it, the evil one comes and carries off what has been sown in his heart. There you have the seed sown along the footpath. 20 The seed sown on rocky ground stands for the man who, on hearing the word, accepts it at once with joy; 21 but as it strikes no root in him he has no staying-power, and when there is trouble or persecution on account of the word he falls away at once. 22 The seed sown among thistles represents the man who hears the word, but worldly cares and the false glamour of wealth choke it, and it proves barren. 23 But the seed that fell into good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it, who accordingly bears fruit, and yields a hundredfold or, it may be, sixtyfold or thirtyfold.'
Luke: 8
11 'This is what the parable means. The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the footpath are the men who hear it, and then the devil comes and carries off the word from their hearts for fear they should believe and be saved. 13 The seed sown on rock stands for those who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but have no root; they are believers for a while, but in the time of testing they desert.

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.
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