Everyday sayings of Jesus

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Falling on stony ground



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You’ve given it your best shot. You’ve tried reason, persuasion, warning… and even threats. None of it has worked. Your words have fallen on stony ground.

Jesus used this farming image to describe people who receive his teaching in a rather shallow way. He said that his words are like seeds which seem to take root for a while, but quickly dry up and die. The phrase appears in a story he told known as the parable of the sower…

A sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
Mark 4:3-9

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The salt of the earth… on the straight and narrow… a baptism of fire… many everyday sayings started with Jesus. Here are 30 of them. We’ve gathered the best known modern sayings and included some notes on what they mean and where you can find them in the accounts of Jesus’ life.

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arrow A baptism of fire

arrow The blind leading the blind

arrow Casting your pearls before swine

arrow Coming back from the dead

arrow Counting the cost

arrow A crown of thorns

arrow A den of thieves

arrow Do to others as you would have them do to you

arrow Doubting Thomas

arrow Falling on stony ground

arrow Going the extra mile

arrow A good samaritan

arrow Having a cross to bear

arrow Hiding your light under a bushel

arrow Jesus wept!

arrow Killing the fatted calf

arrow The kiss of Judas

arrow Left hand doesn't know what right hand is doing

arrow Man cannot live by bread alone

arrow A millstone around your neck

arrow Moving mountains

arrow On the straight and narrow

arrow The prodigal returns

arrow The salt of the earth

arrow Separating the sheep from the goats

arrow Sweating blood

arrow Thirty pieces of silver

arrow Turning the other cheek

arrow Until kingdom come

arrow A wolf in sheep's clothing

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