Matthew 13:1-30 American Standard Version

The Parable of the Sower

13 On that day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. 2  And there were gathered unto him great multitudes, so that he entered into a boat, and sat; and all the multitude stood on the beach. 3  And he spake to them many things in parables, saying, Behold, the sower went forth to sow; 4  and as he sowed, some [seeds] fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured them: 5  and others fell upon the rocky places, where they had not much earth: and straightway they sprang up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6  and when the sun was risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7  And others fell upon the thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked them: 8  and others fell upon the good ground, and yielded fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9  He that hath ears, let him hear.

The Purpose of the Parables

10  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11  And he answered and said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12  For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he hath. 13  Therefore speak I to them in parables; because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14  And unto them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall in no wise understand; And seeing ye shall see, and shall in no wise perceive: 15  For this people's heart is waxed gross, And their ears are dull of hearing, And their eyes they have closed; Lest haply they should perceive with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And should turn again, And I should heal them. 16  But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear. 17  For verily I say unto you, that many prophets and righteous men desired to see the things which ye see, and saw them not; and to hear the things which ye hear, and heard them not.

Jesus Explains the Parable of the Sower

18  Hear then ye the parable of the sower. 19  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, [then] cometh the evil [one], and snatcheth away that which hath been sown in his heart. This is he that was sown by the way side. 20  And he that was sown upon the rocky places, this is he that heareth the word, and straightway with joy receiveth it; 21  yet hath he not root in himself, but endureth for a while; and when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, straightway he stumbleth. 22  And he that was sown among the thorns, this is he that heareth the word; and the care of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23  And he that was sown upon the good ground, this is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; who verily beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

24  Another parable set he before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man that sowed good seed in his field: 25  but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away. 26  But when the blade sprang up and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27  And the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? whence then hath it tares? 28  And he said unto them, An enemy hath done this. And the servants say unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29  But he saith, Nay; lest haply while ye gather up the tares, ye root up the wheat with them. 30  Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather up first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn.

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