That dayJesuswent out of 1the house and was sitting2by the sea.
And alargecrowdsgathered to Him, so3He got into a boat and satdown, and the wholecrowd was standing on the beach.
And He spokemanythings to them in 4parables, saying, "Behold, the sowerwent out to sow;4and as he sowed, some seeds fellbeside the road, and the birdscame and ate them up.5"Othersfell on the rocky places, where they did not havemuchsoil; and immediately they sprang up, because they hadnodepth of soil.6"But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they hadnoroot, they witheredaway.7"Othersfellbamong the thorns, and the thornscame up and choked them out.8"And othersfell on the goodsoil and yielded a crop, some a 5hundredfold, somesixty, and somethirty.9"6He who hasears, clet him hear."
And the disciplescame and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?"
11dJesus answered them, "7To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.12"8For whoeverhas, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, evenwhat he has shall be takenaway from him.13"Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while 9seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.14"eIn their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,'f10YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, gBUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND;hYOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;1511FOR THE HEART OF THISPEOPLE HAS BECOMEDULL,WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELYHEAR,AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES,OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES,HEAR WITH THEIR EARS,AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN,AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.'16"12But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.17"For truly I say to you that 13manyprophets and righteousmendesired to seewhat you see, and did not see it, and to hearwhat you hear, and did not hear it.
18"14Hearthen the parable of the sower.19"When anyonehears15the iword of the kingdom and does not understand it, 16the evil one comes and snatchesawaywhat has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sownbeside the road.20"The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediatelyreceives it with joy;21yet he hasno firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when afflictionorpersecutionarisesbecause of the jword, immediately he k17fallsaway.22"And the one on whom seed was sownamong the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of 18the lworld and the 19deceitfulness of wealthchoke the word, and it becomesunfruitful.23"And the one on whom seed was sown on the goodsoil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; whoindeedbearsfruit and bringsforth, some20a hundredfold, somesixty, and somethirty."
Jesus presentedanotherparable to them, saying, "21The kingdom of heavenmmay be compared to a man who sowedgoodseed in his field.25"But while his men were sleeping, his enemycame and sowedntaresamong the wheat, and wentaway.26"But when the owheatsprouted and boregrain, then the taresbecameevidentalso.27"The slaves of the landownercame and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sowgoodseed in your field? pHowthen does it havetares?'28"And he said to them, 'An qenemy has donethis!' The slavessaid to him, 'Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?'29"But he said, 'No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them.30'Allowboth to growtogetheruntil the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, "Firstgather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but 22gather the wheat into my barn."' "
He presentedanotherparable to them, saying, "23The kingdom of heaven is like24a mustardseed, which a mantook and sowed in his field;32and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is fullgrown, it is larger than the gardenplants and becomes a tree, so that 25THE BIRDS OF THE rAIRcome and NEST IN ITS BRANCHES."
He spokeanotherparable to them, "26The kingdom of heaven is likeleaven, which a womantook and hid in 27threespecks of flouruntil it was allleavened."34AllthesethingsJesusspoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them 28without a parable.
This was to fulfillwhat was spokenthrough the prophet: "29I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTERTHINGSHIDDENSINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD."
36Then He left the crowds and went into 30the house. And His disciplescame to Him and said, "31Explain to us the parable of the ttares of the field."
And He said, "The one who sows the goodseed is 32the Son of Man,38and the field is the world; and as for the goodseed, these are 33the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are 34the sons of 35the evil one;39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is 36the uend of the age; and the reapers are angels.40"Sojust as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at 37the vend of the age.41"38The Son of Man39will sendforth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdomwall40stumblingblocks, and those who commitlawlessness,42and 41will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place42there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.43"43Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINEFORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. 44He who hasears, xlet him hear.
47"Again, 48the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnetcast into the sea, and gathering fish of everykind;48and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they satdown and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threwaway.49"So it will be at 49the yend of the age; the angels will comeforth and ztake out the wicked from among the righteous,50and 50will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place51there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.51"Have you understoodallthesethings?" They said to Him, "Yes."
And aaJesus said to them, "Thereforeeveryscribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, whobrings out of his treasurethingsnew and old."
5352WhenJesus had finishedtheseparables, He departed from there.
5453He came to bbHis hometown and 54began teaching them in their synagogue, so that 55they were astonished, and said, "Where did thisman get thiswisdom and these ccmiraculouspowers?
"Is not this the carpenter'sson? Is not 56His mothercalledMary, and His 57brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
"And 58His sisters, are they not all with us? Wherethen did thisman get allthesethings?"
And they took59offense at Him. But Jesussaid to them, "60A prophet is not withouthonorexcept in his ddhometown and in his own household."58
And He did not domanyeemiraclestherebecause of their unbelief.