Soon afterwards , He began going around from one city and village to another, 1proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him,
and also 2some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses: 3Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
and Joanna the wife of Chuza, 4Herod's 5steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means.
6When a large crowd was coming together, and those from the various cities were journeying to Him, He spoke by way of a parable:
"The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the air ate it up.
"Other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.