8:8 But 1 other seed fell on good soil and grew, 2 and it produced a hundred times as much grain.” 3 As he said this, 4 he called out, “The one who has ears to hear had better listen!” 5
8:15 But as for the seed that landed on good soil, these are the ones who, after hearing 6 the word, cling to it 7 with an honest and good 8 heart, and bear fruit with steadfast endurance. 9
1 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “but” to indicate the contrast present in the final stage of the parable.
2 tn Grk “when it grew, after it grew.”
4 tn Grk “said these things.”
5 tn The translation “had better listen!” captures the force of the third person imperative more effectively than the traditional “let him hear,” which sounds more like a permissive than an imperative to the modern English reader. This was Jesus’ common expression to listen and heed carefully (cf. Matt 11:15; 13:9, 43; Mark 4:9, 23; Luke 14:35).
6 tn The aorist participle ἀκούσαντες (akousante") has been taken temporally, reflecting action antecedent (prior to) that of the main verb.
7 sn There is a tenacity that is a part of spiritual fruitfulness.
8 sn In an ancient context, the qualifier good described the ethical person who possessed integrity. Here it is integrity concerning God’s revelation through Jesus.