New Living Translation (©2007)
Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
“And he shall sleep and arise by night and by day and the seed grows and lengthens while he is unaware.”
As God unseen, yet by the use of proper means, makes the grass to flourish, so God unseen, but by proper means, nourishes the soul, and the plants of piety spring up, and bloom, and bear fruit.
….and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how; it is a mystery in nature, how the seed under the clods, where it dies before it is quickened, should spring and grow up, and bring forth fruit; and so it is in grace, how the word of God first operates on a sinner’s heart, and becomes the ingrafted word there; the time when, and much less the manner how, grace, by this means, is implanted in the heart, are not known to a soul itself, and still less to the ministers of the word, who sometimes never know any thing of it; and when they do, not till some time after: this work is done secretly, and powerfully, under the influence of divine grace, without their knowledge, though by them as instruments; so that though the sowing and planting are theirs, all the increase is God’s:
….this may encourage attendance on the ministry of the word, and teach us to ascribe the work of conversion entirely to the power and grace of God.
The growth of God’s Word/Kingdom in the Book of Acts:
Acts 4:29-31: grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word.
Acts 5:42: and daily in the temple and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
Acts 6:7: and the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Acts 8:14: the disciples at Jerusalem heard that Samaria received the Word of God.
Acts 8:25: And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem.
Acts 9:22: Saul increased the more in strength, proving that this is the very Christ.
Acts 11:20: preaching the Lord Jesus
Acts 12:24: but the word of God grew and multiplied
Acts 19:20: so mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.