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Luke 8:7

8:7 Other seed fell among the thorns, 1  and they grew up with it and choked 2  it.

Luke 8:14

8:14 As for the seed that 3  fell among thorns, these are the ones who hear, but 4  as they go on their way they are choked 5  by the worries and riches and pleasures of life, 6  and their fruit does not mature. 7 

1 sn Palestinian weeds like these thorns could grow up to six feet in height and have a major root system.

2 sn That is, crowded out the good plants.

3 tn Grk “What”; the referent (the seed) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

4 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “but” to indicate the contrast present in this context.

5 sn That is, their concern for spiritual things is crowded out by material things.

6 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.

7 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.

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