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1 Once again Jesus began teaching by the lakeshore. There was such a large crowd along the shore that he got into a boat and sat down and spoke from there. 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 He began to teach the people by telling many stories such as this one: 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said:
3 "Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seed. 3 "Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.
4 As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate it. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
5 Other seed fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The plant sprang up quickly, 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.
6 but it soon wilted beneath the hot sun and died because the roots had no nourishment in the shallow soil. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
7 Other seed fell among thorns that shot up and choked out the tender blades so that it produced no grain. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain.
8 Still other seed fell on fertile soil and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted." Then he said, 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 "Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand!" 9 Then Jesus said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
10 Later, when Jesus was alone with the twelve disciples and with the others who were gathered around, they asked him, "What do your stories mean?" 10 When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables.
11 He replied, "You are permitted to understand the secret about the Kingdom of God. But I am using these stories to conceal everything about it from outsiders, 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 so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled: 'They see what I do, but they don't perceive its meaning. They hear my words, but they don't understand. So they will not turn from their sins and be forgiven.' 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 "But if you can't understand this story, how will you understand all the others I am going to tell? 13 Then Jesus said to them, "Don't you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?
14 The farmer I talked about is the one who brings God's message to others. 14 The farmer sows the word.
15 The seed that fell on the hard path represents those who hear the message, but then Satan comes at once and takes it away from 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 The rocky soil represents those who hear the message and receive it with joy. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy.
17 But like young plants in such soil, their roots don't go very deep. At first they get along fine, but they wilt as soon as they have problems or are persecuted because they believe the word. 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 The thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the Good News, 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word;
19 but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for nice things, so no crop is produced. 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 But the good soil represents those who hear and accept God's message and produce a huge harvest -- thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted." 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 Then Jesus asked them, "Would anyone light a lamp and then put it under a basket or under a bed to shut out the light? Of course not! A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light will shine. 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 "Everything that is now hidden or secret will eventually be brought 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 Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand! 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."
24 And be sure to pay attention to what you hear. The more you do this, the more you will understand -- and even more, besides. 24 "Consider carefully what you hear," he continued. "With the measure you use, it will be measured to you--and even more.
25 To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But to those who are not listening, even what they have will be taken away from them." 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him."
26 Jesus also said, "Here is another illustration of what the Kingdom of God is like: A farmer planted seeds in a field, 26 He also said, "This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.
27 and then he went on with his other activities. As the days went by, the seeds sprouted and grew without the farmer's help, 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.
28 because the earth produces crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain--first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.
29 And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle." 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come."
30 Jesus asked, "How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? 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 tiny mustard seed. Though this is one of the smallest of seeds, 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground.
32 it grows to become one of the largest of plants, with long branches where birds can come and find shelter." 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 He used many such stories and illustrations to teach the people as much as they were able to understand. 33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand.
34 In fact, in his public teaching he taught only with parables, but afterward when he was alone with his disciples, he explained the meaning to them. 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 As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's cross to the other side of the lake." 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side."
36 He was already in the boat, so they started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.
37 But soon a fierce storm arose. High waves began to break into the boat until it was nearly full of water. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.
38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. Frantically they woke him up, shouting, "Teacher, don't you even care that we are going to drown?" 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 When he woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the water, "Quiet down!" Suddenly the wind stopped, 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 asked them, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still not have faith in me?" 40 He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"
41 And they were filled with awe and said among themselves, "Who is this man, that even the wind and waves obey him?" 41 They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"