"1If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."
And He was saying to them, "Take care what you listen to. 2By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides.
"3For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him."
And He was saying, "The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil;
and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows -how, he himself does not know.
"The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.
"But when the crop permits, he immediately 4puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."
5And He said, "How shall we 6picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it?
"It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil,
yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that 7THE BIRDS OF THE AIR can NEST UNDER ITS SHADE."
With many such parables He was speaking the word to them, so far as they were able to hear it;