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1 And again he began to teach by the sea side. And there is gathered unto him a very great multitude, so that he entered into a boat, and sat in the sea; and all the multitude were by the sea on the land. 1 Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water's edge.
2 And he taught them many things in parables, and said unto them in his teaching, 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said:
3 Hearken: Behold, the sower went forth to sow: 3 "Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.
4 and it came to pass, as he sowed, some [seed] fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured it. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
5 And other fell on the rocky [ground], where it had not much earth; and straightway it sprang up, because it had no deepness of earth: 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.
6 and when the sun was risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
7 And other fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain.
8 And others fell into the good ground, and yielded fruit, growing up and increasing; and brought forth, thirtyfold, and sixtyfold, and a hundredfold. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times."
9 And he said, Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. 9 Then Jesus said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parables. 10 When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables.
11 And he said unto them, Unto you is given the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all things are done in parables: 11 He told them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables
12 that seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest haply they should turn again, and it should be forgiven them. 12 so that, " 'they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!' "
13 And he saith unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how shall ye know all the parables? 13 Then Jesus said to them, "Don't you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?
14 The sower soweth the word. 14 The farmer sows the word.
15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; and when they have heard, straightway cometh Satan, and taketh away the word which hath been sown in them. 15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.
16 And these in like manner are they that are sown upon the rocky [places], who, when they have heard the word, straightway receive it with joy; 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy.
17 and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, straightway they stumble. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.
18 And others are they that are sown among the thorns; these are they that have heard the word, 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word;
19 and the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
20 And those are they that were sown upon the good ground; such as hear the word, and accept it, and bear fruit, thirtyfold, and sixtyfold, and a hundredfold. 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop--thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown."
21 And he said unto them, Is the lamp brought to be put under the bushel, or under the bed, [and] not to be put on the stand? 21 He said to them, "Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don't you put it on its stand?
22 For there is nothing hid, save that it should be manifested; neither was [anything] made secret, but that it should come to light. 22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.
23 If any man hath ears to hear, let him hear. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."
24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete it shall be measured unto you; and more shall be given unto you. 24 "Consider carefully what you hear," he continued. "With the measure you use, it will be measured to you--and even more.
25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he hath. 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him."
26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed upon the earth; 26 He also said, "This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.
27 and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he knoweth not how. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.
28 The earth beareth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain--first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.
29 But when the fruit is ripe, straightway he putteth forth the sickle, because the harvest is come. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come."
30 And he said, How shall we liken the kingdom of God? or in what parable shall we set it forth? 30 Again he said, "What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it?
31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown upon the earth, though it be less than all the seeds that are upon the earth, 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground.
32 yet when it is sown, groweth up, and becometh greater than all the herbs, and putteth out great branches; so that the birds of the heaven can lodge under the shadow thereof. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade."
33 And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it; 33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand.
34 and without a parable spake he not unto them: but privately to his own disciples he expounded all things. 34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.
35 And on that day, when even was come, he saith unto them, Let us go over unto the other side. 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side."
36 And leaving the multitude, they take him with them, even as he was, in the boat. And other boats were with him. 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.
37 And there ariseth a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the boat, insomuch that the boat was now filling. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.
38 And he himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion: and they awake him, and say unto him, Teacher, carest thou not that we perish? 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"
39 And he awoke, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40 And he said unto them, Why are ye fearful? have ye not yet faith? 40 He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"
41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? 41 They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"