A sower went out to sow seed, and some bore much fruit

Scripture references

Matthew 13:20–23 (ASV 1901)

20And he that was sown upon the rocky places, this is he that heareth the word, and straightway with joy receiveth it; 21yet hath he not root in himself, but endureth for a while; and when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, straightway he stumbleth. 22And he that was sown among the thorns, this is he that heareth the word; and the care of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23And he that was sown upon the good ground, this is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; who verily beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Mark 4:3–9 (ASV 1901)

3Hearken: Behold, the sower went forth to sow: 4and it came to pass, as he sowed, some seed fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured it. 5And other fell on the rocky ground, where it had not much earth; and straightway it sprang up, because it had no deepness of earth: 6and when the sun was risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 7And other fell among...

Mark 4:14–20 (ASV 1901)

14The sower soweth the word. 15And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; and when they have heard, straightway cometh Satan, and taketh away the word which hath been sown in them. 16And these in like manner are they that are sown upon the rocky places, who, when they have heard the word, straightway receive it with joy; 17and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, straightway they stumble. 18And o...

Luke 8:4–15 (ASV 1901)

4And when a great multitude came together, and they of every city resorted unto him, he spake by a parable: 5The sower went forth to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden under foot, and the birds of the heaven devoured it. 6And other fell on the rock; and as soon as it grew, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7And other fell amidst the thorns; and the thorns grew with it, and choked it. 8And other fell into the good ground, and grew, and brought forth fruit a hundredfold. As he said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, l...

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Like “bread cast upon the waters” returning “after many days,” Dr. Baedeker was encouraged to meet with a prisoner who had been blessed by his preaching many years before.