That day Jesus went out of 1the house and was sitting 2by the sea.
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And large crowds gathered to Him, so 3He got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd was standing on the beach.
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And He spoke many things to them in 4parables, saying, "Behold, the sower went out to sow;
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and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up.
"Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil.
"But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
"Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out.
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"And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a 5hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.
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"6He who has ears, let him hear."
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And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?"
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Jesus 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.
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"8For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.
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"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.
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"In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, '10YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND; YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;
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11FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL, WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR, 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.'
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"12But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.
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"For truly I say to you that 13many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
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"14Hear then the parable of the sower.
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"When anyone hears 15the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, 16the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.
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"The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he 17falls away.
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"And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of 18the world and the 19deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
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"And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some 20a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty."
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Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, "21The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
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"But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away.
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"But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also.
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"The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?'
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"And he said to them, 'An enemy has done this!' The slaves said to him, 'Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?'
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"But he said, 'No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them.
'Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but 22gather the wheat into my barn."' "
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