Parable of the Sower1
On that day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the lake.
great multitudes gathered to him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Pay attention! The sower went out to sow,
and as he sowed, some seeds
fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.
And others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much earth, and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of earth.
And when the sun rose they were scorched, and because they had no root, they withered away.
And others fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.
And others fell on the good ground, and yielded fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
9Anyone who has ears had better listen!”
The Purpose of the Parables10
And the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?”
11And he answered and said to them, “To you it is given to know the sacred secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them it is not given.
For whoever has, to him more
will be given, and he will have abundance, but whoever does not have, from him will be taken away even that which he has.
13Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, neither do they understand.
14And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, Hearing you will hear, but will never understand, and seeing you will see, but will never perceive.
15For this people’s heart has grown fat, and their ears are dull of hearing, and they have closed their eyes, lest they should perceive with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return to God, and I heal them.a
But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.
For truly I say to you, that many prophets and righteous people desired to see the things that you see, and did not see them, and to hear the things that you hear, and did not hear them.
The Sower Parable Explained18Hear, then, the parable of the sower.
19When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the Wicked One comes and snatches away that which has been sown in his heart. This is the one who was sown along the path.
And the seed that was sown on the rocky places, this is the one who hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it,
yet he does not have any
root in himself, but is short-lived. When tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away.
Now the one that was sown among the thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the worry of this age and the deceitfulness of wealth chokes the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
And the one who was sown on the good ground, this is the one who hears the word and understands it,
who indeed bears fruit, and yields, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
The Kingdom: Good and Bad Seed24
He set another parable before them, saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field,
25but while the men were sleeping, his enemy came and also sowed darnelb among the wheat, and went away.
But when the blade sprang up and brought forth fruit, then the darnel appeared also.
And the servants of the head of the house came and said to him, ‘Lord, did you not sow good seed in your field? From where then does it have darnel?’
And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ And the servants say to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them up?’
But he says, ‘No, lest while you are gathering up the darnel, you uproot the wheat with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the darnel, and bind them in bundles to burn them up, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
Kingdom is Like a Mustard Seed31He set another parable before them, saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field,
32which indeed is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is grown, it is greater than the garden plants, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of heaven come and nest in the branches of it.”
The Kingdom is Like Leaven33He spoke another parable to them, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in nine gallonsc of meal until it was all leavened.”
Using Parables Fulfills Prophecy34
All these things Jesus spoke in parables to the multitudes, and he did not speak to them without using
35so that which was spoken through the prophet was fulfilled, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world.d
Seed Parable Explained36
Then he left the multitudes and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the darnel of the field.”
And he answered and said, “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man,
38and the field is the world. And as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom, and the darnel is the sons of the Wicked One.
39And the enemy who sowed them is the Slanderere, and the harvest is the end of the world, and the reapers are angels.
40Therefore, as the darnel is gathered up and burned up with fire, so it will be in the end of the world.
The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom every stumbling block and those who are doing the lawlessness
42and will throw them into the furnace of fire. There will be sobbing and gnashing of teeth.
43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Anyone who has ears had better listen!
The Kingdom is Like Treasure44
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a person found and hid. And in his joy he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.
The Kingdom is Like a Pearl45“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a person, a merchant, seeking fine pearls.
46And having found one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
The Kingdom is Like a Net47“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a net that was cast into the lake and gathered fish of every kind,
which, when it was filled, they drew up on the shore, and they sat down and gathered the good into containers, but the bad they threw away.
So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the wicked from the midst of the righteous
50and will throw them into the furnace of fire. There will be sobbing and gnashing of teeth.
Have you understood all these things?” They say to him, “Yes.”
52And he said to them, “Therefore every expert in the law who has been discipled about the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”
Jesus Revisits Nazareth53
And it came to pass when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed from there.
And coming to his home town he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did
this man get this wisdom and these mighty works?
Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And his brothers, James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Judas?
And his sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did
this man get all these things?”
And they fell away because of him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country and in his own house.”
And he did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.