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The Parable of the Sower

1And again he began to teach beside the lake. And such a very great multitude gathered to him that he got into a boat in the lake and sat down, and the whole multitude was on the land facing the lake.
  2And he was teaching them many things in parables and was saying to them in his teaching,
  3“Listen! Pay attention! The sower went out to sow,
  4and it came to pass as he sowed, some seed fell beside the path, and the birds came and devoured it.
  5And some fell on the rocky ground where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil.
  6And when the sun rose it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away.
  7And some fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
  8And other seeds fell onto the good soil and yielded fruit, growing up and increasing, and brought forth a crop, some thirty, and some sixty and some a hundredfold.”
  9And he was saying, “Anyone who has ears to hear had better listen!”

Parable of the Sower Explained

10And as soon as he was alone, the ones who were around him, with the Twelve, began asking him the meaning of the parables.
  11And he was saying to them, “The sacred secret of the Kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those who are outside, everything is in parables,
  12so that seeing they see but do not perceive, and hearing they hear but do not understand, lest they turn to God, and it be forgiven them.”a

13And he says to them, “Do you not grasp this parable? How then will you understand any of the parables?
  14The sower sows the word.
  15Now these are the ones beside the road where the word is sown: when they hear, immediately the Adversary comes and takes away the word that has been sown into them.

16“And these are the ones being sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy,
  17and yet they do not have any root in themselves, but are short-lived. Then, when hardship or persecution comes because of the word, immediately they fall away.

18“And others are the ones sown among the thorns. These are the ones who have heard the word,
  19and the worries of this age and the deceitfulness of wealth and the desire for other things, entering in, choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

20“And these are the ones who were sown on the good ground: those who go on hearing the word, and go on accepting it, and go on bearing fruit, thirtyfold, and sixtyfold, and a hundredfold.”

Every Secret Will Be Revealed

21And he said to them, “The lamp is not brought out in order to be put under a peck-basketb is it? Or under the bed? Is it not to be put on the lampstand?
  22For there is nothing hidden, except to be revealed, nor has anything been hidden away except to come to light.
  23Anyone who has ears to hear had better listen!”

24And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear. With what measure you measure it will be measured to you and more will be given to you.
  25For whoever has, to him more will be given, and whoever does not have, from him will be taken away even what he has.”

The Kingdom is Like Seed

26And he said, “The Kingdom of God is like a person who scatters seed on the ground.
  27And he sleeps and rises, night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he does not know how.
  28The earth bears fruit on its own—first the stalk, then a head of grain, then the full grain in the head.
  29But when the crop permits, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Kingdom is Like a Mustard Seed

30And he said, “With what can we compare the Kingdom of God, or by what parable can we set it forth?
  31It is like a grain of mustard seed which, when it is sown on the earth, is smaller than all the seeds that are on the earth,
  32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes greater than all the garden plants and puts out great branches so that the birds of heaven are able to nest in its shade.”

Parables and Explanations

33And with many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it,
  34and he did not speak to them without using a parable, but privately to his own disciples he expounded all things.

Jesus Calms the Storm

35And on that day, when evening had come, he says to them, “Let’s go over to the other side.”
  36And leaving the multitude, they took him along with them, just as he was, in the boat (and other boats were with him).
  37And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was now being filled.
  38And he himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion, and they wake him and say to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
  39And he, when he was fully awakened, subdued the wind, and said to the sea, “Hush! Be bound!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
  40And he said to them, “Why are you fearful? Do you still not have trust?”
  41And they were very afraid and said one to another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

From Isa. 6:9, 10.
Greek is modios, a dry measure of about a peck, or 9 liters.

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