The Parable of the Sower 1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the
people stood on the shore. 3Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer
went out to sow his seed. 4As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path,
and the birds came and ate it up. 5Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have
much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6But when the sun came
up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7Other seed
fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good
soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9He
who has ears, let him hear."
10The disciples came to him
and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"
11He replied, "The knowledge
of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12Whoever
has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 13This is why I speak to them in parables:
"Though seeing, they do
though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 14In
them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
" 'You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15For this people's heart has become
they hardly hear with their ears,
they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and
I would heal them.'[a] 16But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.
17For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you
see 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: 19When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does
not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.
20The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the
word and at once receives it with joy. 21But since he has no root, he lasts only a
short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. 22The
one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness
of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. 23But the one who received the seed that
fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty
times what was sown."
The Parable of the Weeds 24Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man
who sowed good seed in his field. 25But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came
and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26When 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
"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 root up the wheat with them. 30Let 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.' "
The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast 31He told them another parable: "The kingdom of
heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32Though
it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the
birds of the air come and perch in its branches."
33He told them still another
parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount[b] of flour until it worked all through the dough."
34Jesus spoke all these things
to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35So
was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet:
"I will open my mouth in parables,
will utter things hidden since the creation of the world."[c]
The Parable of the Weeds Explained 36Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to
him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field."
37He answered, "The one who
sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38The field is the world, and the good seed
stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39and the
enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
40"As the weeds are pulled
up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41The Son of Man will
send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears,
let him hear.
NOW I ASK OF YOU TO BE THAT FERTILE SOIL