Matthew 13:1–52

The Parable of the Sower

13:1–15pp—Mk 4:1–12; Lk 8:4–10
13:16,17pp—Lk 10:23, 24
13:18–23pp—Mk 4:13–20; Lk 8:11–15

13 That same day Jesus went out of the houseu and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boatv and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a cropa hundred,w sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”x

10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

11 He replied, Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaveny has been given to you,z but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.a 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:

Though seeing, they do not see;

though hearing, they do not hear or understand.b

14 In them is fulfilledc the prophecy of Isaiah:

“ ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;

you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.

15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;

they hardly hear with their ears,

and they have closed their eyes.

Otherwise they might see with their eyes,

hear with their ears,

understand with their hearts

and turn, and I would heal them.’a d

16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.e 17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you seef but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

18 Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdomg and does not understand it, the evil oneh comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.i 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealthj choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”k

The Parable of the Weeds

24 Jesus told them another parable: The kingdom of heaven is likel a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27 The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

28 “ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

The servants asked him,Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

29 “ ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ ”m

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast

13:31,32pp—Mk 4:30–32
13:31–33pp—Lk 13:18–21

31 He told them another parable: The kingdom of heaven is liken a mustard seed,o which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”p

33 He told them still another parable: The kingdom of heaven is likeq yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty poundsb of flourr until it worked all through the dough.”s

34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.t 35 So was fulfilledu what was spoken through the prophet:

“I will open my mouth in parables,

I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”c v

The Parable of the Weeds Explained

36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parablew of the weeds in the field.”

37 He answered, The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.x 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one,y 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvestz is the end of the age,a and the harvesters are angels.b

40 As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Manc will send out his angels,d and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.e 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sunf in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.g

The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

44 The kingdom of heaven is likeh treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.i

45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is likej a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

The Parable of the Net

47 Once again, the kingdom of heaven is likek a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kindsl of fish. 48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. 49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteousm 50 and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.n

51 Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.

“Yes,” they replied.

52 He said to them, Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”

Read more