That same day Jesus went out of the house1 and sat by the lake.
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Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat2 and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.
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Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed.
As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.
But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.
Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop--a hundred,3 sixty or thirty times what was sown.
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He who has ears, let him hear."4
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The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"
He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven5 has been given to you,6 but not to them.
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Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.7
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This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.8
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In them is fulfilled9 the prophecy of Isaiah: " 'You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
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For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'10
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But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.11
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For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see12 but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
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"Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:
When anyone hears the message about the kingdom13 and does not understand it, the evil one14 comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.
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The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.
But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.15
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The 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 wealth16 choke it, making it unfruitful.
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But 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."17
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Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like18 a man who sowed good seed in his field.
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But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.
When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
"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?'
" 'An enemy did this,' he replied. "The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'
" 'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.' "19
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