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English Majority Text Version 2009

New Testament



4:1And again He began to teach beside the sea. And a large crowd was gathered to Him, so that He got aboard into the boat, and sat on the sea; and all the crowd was upon the land by the sea.
4:2And He was teaching them many [things] by parables, and said to them in His teaching:
4:3"Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow.
4:4And it happened, as he sowed, that some [seed] fell alongside the road; and the birds came and devoured it.
4:5And some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth.
4:6But when the sun rose it was scorched, and because it had no root it was withered up.
4:7And some [seed ]fell into the thorns; and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
4:8But other [seed ]fell on good ground, and it was yielding fruit coming up and growing, and it was producing-some thirty[fold], some sixty[,] and some a hundred."
4:9And He said, "He that has ears to hear, let him hear!"
4:10But when He was by himself, those around Him together with the twelve asked Him about the parable.
4:11And He said to them, "Unto you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come to be [spoken] in parables,
4:12so that 'Seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, and their sins be forgiven them.' "
4:13And He said to them, "Do you not know this parable? How then will you know all the parables?
4:14The sower sows the word.
4:15And these are the [seeds] beside the road where the word is sown, and whenever they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which was sown in their hearts.
4:16And these are similarly the [seeds] being sown on stony ground which, whenever they hear the word, immediately they receive it with joy;
4:17and they have no root in themselves, but are shortlived. Afterward, when trials or persecution arise because of the word, immediately they fall away.
4:18And these are the [seeds] being sown in the thorns; they are the [ones] who are hearing the word,
4:19and the anxieties of this age, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things coming in choke out the word, and it becomes fruitless.
4:20And these are the [seeds] sown on good ground, such as who hear the word and welcome it, and bear fruit: some thirty [fold], some sixty, and some a hundred."
4:21And He said to them, "A lamp is not brought so that it may be put under a measuring basket or under a bed, [is it?] [Is it] not[ brought] so that it may be put on a lampstand?
4:22For there is nothing hidden which shall not be made manifest, nor was it hidden but that it might come to light.
4:23If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."
4:24Then He said to them, "Watch what you hear. By what measure you measure, it will be measured out to you; and [more] will be added to you who hear.
4:25For whoever has, [more] will be given to him; and he who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him."
4:26And He said, "Thus is the kingdom of God as if a man should cast the seed on the ground,
4:27and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and should grow, he himself does not know how.
4:28For the earth produces fruit of itself: first a shoot, then a head of grain, then full wheat in the head of grain.
4:29But whenever the fruit permits, immediately he sends forth the sickle, because the harvest has come."
4:30Then He said, "To what shall we compare the kingdom of God? Or by what sort of parable shall we illustrate it?
4:31It is like a mustard seed, which whenever it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on the earth;
4:32but whenever it is sown, it comes up and becomes greater than all the garden vegetables, and produces great branches, so that the birds of heaven are able to nest under its shade."
4:33And by many such parables He would speak the word to them, just as they were able to hear it.
4:34And apart from a parable He did not speak to them, however, privately to His disciples, he would explain all things.
4:35On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, "Let us go across to the other side."
4:36And leaving the crowd, they took Him along as He was in the boat. And other little boats were also with Him.
4:37And there was a severe windstorm, and the waves dashed up into the boat, so that it was already filling up.
4:38But He was in the stern, sleeping upon the cushion. And they awakened Him and said to Him, "Teacher! Does it not matter to You that we are perishing?"
4:39And having awakened He rebuked the wind, and He said to the sea, "Peace, be still."And the wind abated and there was a great calm.
4:40But He said to them, "Why are you so fearful? How [is it that] you do not have faith?"
4:41And they feared exceedingly, and were saying to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!"
English Majority Text Version

English Majority Text Version


Welcome to the third edition of The English Majority Text Version (EMTV) of the Holy Bible. This latest edition has Greek explanatory notes throughout the Bible, to aid the reader in understanding the meanings in some select places of the original Koine Greek. Also, the third edition finds itself closer to the Robinson/Pierpoint printed edition of the Byzantine majority text, rather than the Hodges/Farstad text, which the EMTV was translated from. You will notice these differences in John 7:53-8:11, as well as the entire book of Revelation.

The English Majority Text Version draws from the work of both Dr.’s Hodges and Farstad, and their text, “The Greek New Testament According to the Majority Text,” as well as from Dr. Wilbur Pickering, ThM. PhD., and the EMTV has incorporated his hard work in the field of producing evidence of just what does constitute a majority reading, and, as a result of his work, and the work of others, John 7:53-8:11, and the book of Revelation reflect these variant readings. This is one of the great things about having a Bible that is translated from the majority of the trustworthy Byzantine manuscripts that are in existence—the much greater probability of accuracy.

On the other side of the fence, most modern Bibles are translated from a few scant manuscripts (literally), and more often than not they do not even agree with each other. Not so with a Bible that is translated out of the majority! The experts in linguistics who have put these readings together, and diligently compared the manuscripts, had hundreds and hundreds of manuscripts to compare. It is my prayer that this work will bring honor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to our God and Father; because all of this, all that we do, we do to know Him better, and to better understand His word, which He has given to mankind. “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar. (Prove 30:5,6). Peace of Christ to you all. In His service, Paul W Esposito Stauros Ministries