Matthew 13 Bible in Basic English

The Parable of the Sower

13 1 On that day Jesus went out of the house and was seated by the seaside. 2 And great numbers of people came together to him, so that he got into a boat; and the people took up their position by the sea. 3 And he gave them teaching in the form of a story, saying, A man went out to put seed in the earth; 4 And while he did so, some seeds were dropped by the wayside, and the birds came and took them for food: 5 And some of the seed went among the stones, where it had not much earth, and straight away it came up because the earth was not deep: 6 And when the sun was high, it was burned; and because it had no root it became dry and dead. 7 And some seeds went among thorns, and the thorns came up and they had no room for growth: 8 And some, falling on good earth, gave fruit, some a hundred, some sixty, some thirty times as much. 9 He who has ears, let him give ear.

The Purpose of the Parables

10 And the disciples came and said to him, Why do you say things to them in the form of stories? 11 And he said to them in answer, To you is given the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 Because whoever has, to him will be given, and he will have more; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 13 For this reason I put things into the form of stories; because they see without seeing, and give ear without hearing, and the sense is not clear to them. 14 And for them the words of Isaiah have come true, Though you give ear, you will not get knowledge; and seeing, you will see, but the sense will not be clear to you: 15 For the heart of this people has become fat and their ears are slow in hearing and their eyes are shut; for fear that they might see with their eyes and give hearing with their ears and become wise in their hearts and be turned again to me, so that I might make them well. 16 But a blessing be on your eyes, because they see; and on your ears, because they are open. 17 For truly, I say to you that prophets and upright men had a desire to see the things which you see, and saw them not; and to have knowledge of the words which have come to your ears, and they had it not.

Jesus Explains the Parable of the Sower

18 Give ear, then, to the story of the man who put the seed in the earth. 19 When the word of the kingdom comes to anyone, and the sense of it is not clear to him, then the Evil One comes, and quickly takes away that which was put in his heart. He is the seed dropped by the wayside. 20 And that which went on the stones, this is he who, hearing the word, straight away takes it with joy; 21 But having no root in himself, he goes on for a time; and when trouble comes or pain, because of the word, he quickly becomes full of doubts. 22 And that which was dropped among the thorns, this is he who has the word; and the cares of this life, and the deceits of wealth, put a stop to the growth of the word and it gives no fruit. 23 And the seed which was put in good earth, this is he who gives ear to the word, and gets the sense of it; who gives fruit, some a hundred, some sixty, some thirty times as much.

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

24 And he gave them another story, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a man who put good seed in his field: 25 But while men were sleeping, one who had hate for him came and put evil seeds among the grain, and went away. 26 But when the green stem came up and gave fruit, the evil plants were seen at the same time. 27 And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, Sir, did you not put good seed in your field? how then has it evil plants? 28 And he said, Someone has done this in hate. And the servants say to him, Is it your pleasure that we go and take them up? 29 But he says, No, for fear that by chance while you take up the evil plants, you may be rooting up the grain with them. 30 Let them come up together till the getting in of the grain; and then I will say to the workers, Take up first the evil plants, and put them together for burning: but put the grain into my store-house.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

31 He put another story before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and put in his field: 32 Which is smaller than all seeds; but when it has come up it is greater than the plants, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of heaven come and make their resting-places in its branches.

The Parable of the Leaven

33 Another story he gave to them: The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took, and put in three measures of meal, till it was all leavened.

Jesus' Use of Parables

34 All these things Jesus said to the people in the form of stories; and without a story he said nothing to them: 35 That it might come true which was said by the prophet, Opening my mouth, I will give out stories; I will give knowledge of things kept secret from before all time.

Jesus Explains the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

36 Then he went away from the people, and went into the house; and his disciples came to him, saying, Make clear to us the story of the evil plants in the field. 37 And he made answer and said, He who puts the good seed in the earth is the Son of man; 38 And the field is the world; and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom; and the evil seeds are the sons of the Evil One; 39 And he who put them in the earth is Satan; and the getting in of the grain is the end of the world; and those who get it in are the angels. 40 As then the evil plants are got together and burned with fire, so will it be in the end of the world. 41 The Son of man will send out his angels, and they will take out of his kingdom everything which is a cause of error, and all those who do wrong, 42 And will put them into the fire; there will be weeping and cries of sorrow. 43 Then will the upright be shining as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him give ear.

The Hidden Treasure

44 The kingdom of heaven is like a secret store of wealth in a field, which a man came across and put back again; and in his joy he goes and gives all he has, to get that field.

The Pearl of Great Price

45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a trader searching for beautiful jewels. 46 And having come across one jewel of great price, he went and gave all he had in exchange for it.

The Net

47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net, which was put into the sea and took in every sort of fish: 48 When it was full, they took it up on the sands; and seated there they put the good into vessels, but the bad they put away. 49 So will it be in the end of the world: the angels will come and take out the bad from the good, 50 And will put them into the fire: there will be weeping and cries of sorrow.

Treasures New and Old

51 Are all these things now clear to you? They say to him, Yes. 52 And he said to them, For this reason every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house, who gives out from his store things new and old.

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

53 And when Jesus had come to the end of these stories he went away from there. 54 And coming into his country, he gave them teaching in their Synagogue, so that they were greatly surprised and said, Where did this man get this wisdom and these works of power? 55 Is not this the woodworker's son? is not his mother named Mary? and his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? from where, then, has he all these things? 57 And they were bitter against him. But Jesus said to them, A prophet is nowhere without honour but in his country and among his family. 58 And the works of power which he did there were small in number because they had no faith.

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Some Women Accompany Jesus

8 1 And it came about, after a short time, that he went through town and country giving the good news of the kingdom of God, and with him were the twelve, 2 And certain women who had been made free from evil spirits and diseases, Mary named Magdalene, from whom seven evil spirits had gone out, 3 And Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod's chief house-servant, and Susanna and a number of others, who gave him of their wealth for his needs.

The Parable of the Sower

4 And when a great number of people came together, and men from every town went out to him, he gave them teaching in the form of a story: 5 A man went out to put in seed, and while he was doing it, some was dropped by the wayside and it was crushed under foot, and was taken by the birds of heaven. 6 And some went on the rock, and when it came up it became dry and dead because it had no water. 7 And some went among thorns, and the thorns came up with it and it had no room for growth. 8 And some falling on good earth, came up and gave fruit a hundred times as much. And with these words he said in a loud voice, He who has ears, let him give ear. 9 And his disciples put questions to him about the point of the story. 10 And he said, To you is given knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God; but to the others, they are given in stories, so that seeing, they may not see, and though they give hearing, the sense will not be clear to them. 11 Now this is the point of the story: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the side of the road are those who have given hearing; then the Evil One comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not have faith and get salvation. 13 And those on the rock are those who with joy give hearing to the word; but having no root, they have faith for a time, and when the test comes they give up. 14 And those which went among thorns are those who have given hearing, and go on their way, but they are overcome by cares and wealth and the pleasures of life, and they give no fruit. 15 And those in the good earth are those who, having given ear to the word, keep it with a good and true heart, and in quiet strength give fruit.

A Light under a Vessel

16 No man, when the light is lighted, puts a cover over it, or puts it under a bed, but he puts it on its table, so that those who come in may see the light. 17 For nothing is put out of view which will not be made clear, and nothing is secret of which the knowledge will not come to light. 18 So take care how you give hearing, for to him who has will be given, and from him who has not will be taken even what he seems to have.

Jesus' Mother and Brethren

19 And his mother and his brothers came to him, and they were not able to get near him because of the great number of people. 20 And someone said to him, Your mother and your brothers are outside desiring to see you. 21 But he said to them in answer, My mother and my brothers are those who have knowledge of the word of God and do it.

Jesus Calms a Storm

22 Now it came about on one of those days that he got into a boat with his disciples; and he said to them, Let us go over to the other side of the water: and they put out the boat. 23 But while they were sailing he went to sleep: and a storm of wind came down on the sea, and the boat became full of water and they were in danger. 24 Then they came to him and, awaking him out of his sleep, said, Master, Master, destruction is near. And he, when he was awake, gave orders to the wind and the rolling waves, and the storm came to an end, and all was calm. 25 And he said to them, Where is your faith? And fear and wonder overcame them, and they said to one another, Who then is this, who gives orders even to the winds and the water and they do what he says?

The Gadarene Demoniac Healed

26 And they came to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 And when he had come to the land, there came to him a certain man from the town who had evil spirits; and for a long time he had had no clothing on, and was not living in a house but in the place of the dead. 28 And when he saw Jesus, he gave a loud cry and went down on the earth before him and in a loud voice said, What have I to do with you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Do not be cruel to me. 29 For he gave an order to the evil spirit to come out of the man. For frequently it would take a grip of him: and he was kept under control, and prisoned with chains; but parting the chains in two, he would be sent by the driving of the evil spirit into waste places. 30 And Jesus said to him, What is your name? And he said, Legion; for a number of spirits had gone into him. 31 And they made a request to him that he would not give them an order to go away into the deep. 32 Now there was a great herd of pigs in that place, getting food on the mountain: and the evil spirits made a request to him that he would let them go into the pigs, and he let them. 33 And the evil spirits came out of the man and went into the pigs: and the herd went rushing down a sharp slope into the water and came to destruction. 34 And when the men who took care of them saw what had come about, they went quickly and gave news of it in the town and the country. 35 And they went out to see what had taken place, and they came to Jesus and saw the man out of whom the evil spirits had gone, seated, clothed and with full use of his senses, at the feet of Jesus; and fear came on them. 36 And those who had seen it gave them an account of how the man who had the evil spirits was made well. 37 And all the people of the country of the Gerasenes made a request to him to go away from them; for they were in great fear: and he got into a boat and went back. 38 But the man from whom the evil spirits had gone out had a great desire to be with him, but he sent him away, saying, 39 Go back to your house and let them have news of all the great things which God has done for you. And he went away, giving word through all the town of the great things which Jesus had done for him.

Jairus' Daughter and the Woman Who Touched Jesus' Garment

40 And when Jesus went back, the people were glad to see him, for they were all waiting for him. 41 Then there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler in the Synagogue: and he went down at the feet of Jesus, desiring him to come to his house; 42 For he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was near to death. But while he was on his way, the people were pushing to be near him. 43 And a woman, who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had given all her money to medical men, and not one of them was able to make her well, 44 Came after him and put her hand on the edge of his robe, and straight away the flowing of her blood was stopped. 45 And Jesus said, Who was touching me? And when they all said, It is not I, Peter and those who were with him said, Master, the people are pushing round you on every side. 46 But Jesus said, Someone was touching me, for I had the feeling that power had gone out from me. 47 And when the woman saw that she was not able to keep it secret, she came, shaking with fear, and falling down before him she made clear before all the people the reason for her touching him, and how she was made well straight away. 48 And he said to her, Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace. 49 While he was still talking, someone came from the house of the ruler of the Synagogue, saying, Your daughter is dead; do not go on troubling the Master. 50 But Jesus at these words said to him, Have no fear, only have faith, and she will be made well. 51 And when he came to the house he did not let any man go in with him, but only Peter and John and James, and the father of the girl and her mother. 52 And all the people were weeping and crying for her; but he said, Do not be sad, for she is not dead, but sleeping. 53 And they were laughing at him, being certain that she was dead. 54 But he, taking her hand, said to her, My child, get up. 55 And her spirit came back to her and she got up straight away: and he gave orders that food was to be given to her. 56 And her father and mother were full of wonder, but he gave orders to them to say nothing about it to anyone.

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