17For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see1 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 kingdom2 and does not understand it, the evil one3 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.422The 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 wealth5 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."6
Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like7 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?'