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3 Then He told them many things in parables, l saying: “Consider the sower who went out to sow. 4 As he was sowing, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and ate them up. 5 Others fell on rocky ground, where there wasn’t much soil, and they sprang up quickly since the soil wasn’t deep. 6 But when the sun came up they were scorched, and since they had no root, they withered. 7 Others fell among thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them. 8 Still others fell on good ground and produced a crop: some 100, some 60, and some 30 times what was sown. m 9 Anyone who has ears n should listen!” o
11 He answered them, “Because the * secrets of the kingdom of heaven have been given for you to know, r but it has not been given to them. 12 For whoever has, more will be given to him, and he will have more than enough. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. s 13 For this reason I speak to them in parables, because looking they do not see, t and hearing they do not listen or understand. u 14 Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:
You will listen and listen,
yet never understand;
and you will look and look,
yet never perceive. v
their ears are hard of hearing,
and they have shut their eyes;
otherwise they might see with their eyes
and hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn back—
16 “But your eyes are blessed y because they do see, and your ears because they do hear! z 17 For * I assure you: Many prophets and righteous people longed to see the things you see yet didn’t see them; to hear the things you hear yet didn’t hear them. a
18 “You, then, listen to the parable of the sower: b 19 When anyone hears the word c about the kingdom and doesn’t understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the one sown along the path. d 20 And the one sown on rocky ground—this is one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. e 21 Yet he has no root in himself, but is short-lived. When pressure or persecution f comes because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 Now the one sown among the thorns—this is one who hears the word, but the worries of this age g and the seduction h of wealth i choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 23 But the one sown on the good ground—this is one who hears and understands the word, who does bear fruit and yields: some 100, some 60, some 30 times what was sown.”
24 He presented another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. j 25 But while people were sleeping, his enemy came, sowed weeds k among the wheat, and left. 26 When the plants sprouted and produced grain, then the weeds also appeared. 27 The landowner’s * slaves l came to him and said, ‘Master, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?’
“ ‘So, do you want us to go and gather them up?’ the slaves asked him.
29 “ ‘No,’ he said. ‘When you gather up the weeds, you might also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At harvest time I’ll tell the reapers: Gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles to burn them, but store the wheat in my barn.’ ”
31 He m presented another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven n is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It’s the smallest of all the seeds, but when grown, it’s taller than the vegetables and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the sky come and nest in its branches.” o
34 Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables, and He would not speak anything to them without a parable, s 35 so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled:
I will open My mouth in parables;
I will declare things kept secret
36 Then He dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached Him and said, “Explain the parable of the weeds in the field to us.” v
37 He replied: “The One who sows the good seed is the * Son of Man; 38 the field is the world; and the good seed—these are the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, w 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. x 40 Therefore, just as the weeds are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. y 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather from His kingdom everything that causes sin z and those * guilty of lawlessness. a b 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace c where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. d 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. Anyone who has ears e should listen! f
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure, buried in a field, that a man found and reburied. Then in his joy he goes and sells everything he has and buys that field. g
47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a large net thrown into the sea. It collected every kind of fish, j 48 and when it was full, they dragged it ashore, sat down, and gathered the good fish into containers, but threw out the worthless ones. 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out, separate the evil people from the righteous, k 50 and throw them into the blazing furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. l
51 “Have you understood all these things?” m
“Yes,” they told Him.
52 “Therefore,” He said to them, “every student of Scripture n instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who brings out of his storeroom what is new and what is old.” o 53 When Jesus had finished these parables, He left there.
54 He went to His hometown p and began to teach them in their * synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “How did this wisdom and these miracles come to Him? q 55 Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? r Isn’t His mother called Mary, and His brothers James, s Joseph, t Simon, and Judas? u 56 And His sisters, aren’t they all with us? So where does He get all these things?” 57 And they were * offended by Him.
But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his household.” v 58 And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.
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