The Parable of the Sower
13 1 That day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the sea . 2 And large crowds gathered to Him, so He got into a boat and sat down , and the whole crowd was standing on the beach . 3 And He spoke many things to them in parables , saying , "Behold , the sower went out to sow ; 4 and as he sowed , some seeds fell beside the road , and the birds came and ate them up. 5 "Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil ; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil . 6 "But when the sun had risen , they were scorched ; and because they had no root , they withered away . 7 "Others fell among the thorns , and the thorns came up and choked them out. 8 "And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop , some a hundredfold , some sixty , and some thirty . 9 " He who has ears , let him hear ."
The Purpose of the Parables
10 And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why e do You speak to them in parables ?" 11 Jesus answered them, " To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven , but to them it has not been granted . 12 " For whoever has , to him more shall be given , and he will have an abundance ; but whoever does not have , even what he has shall be taken away from him. 13 "Therefore e I speak to them in parables ; because while seeing they do not see , and while hearing they do not hear , nor do they understand . 14 "In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled , which says , ' YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING , BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND ; YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING , BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE ; 15 FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL , WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR , AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES , OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES , HEAR WITH THEIR EARS , AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN , AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.' 16 " But blessed are your eyes , because they see ; and your ears , because they hear . 17 "For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see , and did not see it, and to hear what you hear , and did not hear it.
Jesus Explains the Parable of the Sower
18 " Hear then the parable of the sower . 19 "When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart . This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road . 20 "The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy ; 21 yet he has no firm root in himself , but is only temporary , and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word , immediately he falls away . 22 "And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns , this is the man who hears the word , and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word , and it becomes unfruitful . 23 "And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil , this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth , some a hundredfold , some sixty , and some thirty ."
The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares
24 Jesus presented another parable to them, saying , " The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field . 25 "But while his men were sleeping , his enemy came and sowed tares among e the wheat , and went away . 26 "But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain , then the tares became evident also . 27 "The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, 'Sir , did you not sow good seed in your field ? How then does it have tares ?' 28 "And he said to them, 'An enemy e has done this !' The slaves said to him, 'Do you want us, then , to go and gather them up?' 29 "But he said , 'No ; for while you are gathering up the tares , you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 'Allow both to grow together until the harvest ; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers , "First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn ."' "