As for the seed that 1 fell among thorns, these are the ones who hear, but 2 as they go on their way they are choked 3 by the worries and riches and pleasures of life, 4 and their fruit does not mature. 5
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1 tn Grk “What”; the referent (the seed) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
2 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “but” to indicate the contrast present in this context.
3 sn That is, their concern for spiritual things is crowded out by material things.
4 sn On warnings about the dangers of excessive material attachments, described here as the worries and riches and pleasures of life, see Luke 12:12-21; 16:19-31.
5 tn The verb τελεσφορέω (telesforew) means “to produce mature or ripe fruit” (L&N 23.203). Once again the seed does not reach its goal.