24"Consider carefully what you hear," he continued. "With the measure you use, it will be measured to you--and even more.125Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him."2
He also said, "This is what the kingdom of God is like.3 A man scatters seed on the ground.27Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.28All by itself the soil produces grain--first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.29As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come."4
Again he said, "What shall we say the kingdom of God is like,5 or what parable shall we use to describe it?31It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground.32Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade."33
With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand.634
He did not say anything to them without using a parable.7 But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.