He told them, "The secret of the kingdom of God1 has been given to you. But to those on the outside2 everything is said in parables12so that, " 'they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!'a "313
Then Jesus said to them, "Don't you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?14The farmer sows the word.415Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan5 comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.16Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy.17But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.18Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word;19but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth6 and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.20Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop--thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown."