but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth1 and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
Others, 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."
He said to them, "Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don't you put it on its stand?2
For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.3
If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."4
"Consider carefully what you hear," he continued. "With the measure you use, it will be measured to you--and even more.5
Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him."6
He also said, "This is what the kingdom of God is like.7 A man scatters seed on the ground.
Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.
All by itself the soil produces grain--first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.
As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come."8