3 And He spoke many things to them in aparables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow;
7 “Others fell 1among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out.
10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
12 “aFor whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.
13 “Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while aseeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
14 “1In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,
4You will keep on seeing, but will not perceive;
15 aFor the heart of this people has become dull,
With their ears they scarcely hear,
And they have closed their eyes,
Otherwise they would see with their eyes,
Hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart and return,
And I would heal them.’
16 “aBut blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.
17 “For truly I say to you that amany prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
18 “aHear then the parable of the sower.
19 “When anyone hears athe 1word of the kingdom and does not understand it, bthe evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.
23 “And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some aa hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”
25 “But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed 1tares among the wheat, and went away.
26 “But when the 1wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also.
27 “The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? 1How then does it have tares?’
29 “But he * said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them.
30 ‘Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but agather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”
34 All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them awithout a parable.
“aI will open My mouth in parables;
I will utter things hidden since the foundation of the world.”
37 And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is athe Son of Man,
45 “Again, athe kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls,
47 “Again, athe kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind;
51 “Have you understood all these things?” They * said to Him, “Yes.”
52 And 1Jesus said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”
53 aWhen Jesus had finished these parables, He departed from there.
56 “And aHis sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”
58 And He did not do many 1miracles there because of their unbelief.
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