The Parable of the Sower
4 1 He began to teach again by the sea . And such a very large crowd gathered to Him that He got into a boat in the sea and sat down ; and the whole crowd was by the sea on the land . 2 And He was teaching them many things in parables , and was saying to them in His teaching , 3 "Listen to this! Behold , the sower went out to sow ; 4 as he was sowing , some seed fell beside the road , and the birds came and ate it up. 5 "Other seed fell on the rocky ground where it did not have much soil ; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil . 6 "And after the sun had risen , it was scorched ; and because it had no root , it withered away . 7 "Other seed fell among the thorns , and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop . 8 "Other seeds fell into the good soil , and as they grew up and increased , they yielded a crop and produced thirty , sixty , and a hundredfold ." 9 And He was saying , " He who has ears to hear , let him hear ." 10 As soon as He was alone , His followers e , along with the twelve , began asking Him about the parables . 11 And He was saying to them, "To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God , but those who are outside get everything in parables , 12 so that WHILE SEEING , THEY MAY SEE AND NOT PERCEIVE , AND WHILE HEARING , THEY MAY HEAR AND NOT UNDERSTAND , OTHERWISE THEY MIGHT RETURN AND BE FORGIVEN ." 13 And He said to them, "Do you not understand this parable ? How will you understand all the parables ? 14 "The sower sows the word . 15 "These are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown ; and when they hear , immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them. 16 "In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who , when they hear the word , immediately receive it with joy ; 17 and they have no firm root in themselves , but are only temporary ; then , when affliction or persecution arises because of the word , immediately they fall away . 18 "And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns ; these are the ones who have heard the word , 19 but the worries of the world , and the deceitfulness of riches , and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word , and it becomes unfruitful . 20 "And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil ; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit , thirty , sixty , and a hundredfold ."