and 1Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod's household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.
2And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable:
3"A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it.
And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, 4it withered away, because it had no moisture.
And some fell among 5thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it.
And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded 6a hundredfold." As he said these things, he called out, 7"He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant,
he said, 8"To you it has been given to know 9the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so 10that 'seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.'
11Now the parable is this: The seed is 12the word of God.
The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not 13believe and be saved.
And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it 14with joy. But these have no root; they 15believe for a while, and in time of testing 16fall away.