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Matthew 13 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 On that day Jesus went out of the house and was seated by the seaside. 1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.
2 And great numbers of people came together to him, so that he got into a boat; and the people took up their position by the sea. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.
3 And he gave them teaching in the form of a story, saying, A man went out to put seed in the earth; 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed.
4 And while he did so, some seeds were dropped by the wayside, and the birds came and took them for food: 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
5 And some of the seed went among the stones, where it had not much earth, and straight away it came up because the earth was not deep: 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 high, it was burned; and because it had no root it became dry and dead. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
7 And some seeds went among thorns, and the thorns came up and they had no room for growth: 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.
8 And some, falling on good earth, gave fruit, some a hundred, some sixty, some thirty times as much. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop--a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
9 He who has ears, let him give ear. 9 He who has ears, let him hear."
10 And the disciples came and said to him, Why do you say things to them in the form of stories? 10 The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"
11 And he said to them in answer, To you is given the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 11 He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.
12 Because whoever has, to him will be given, and he will have more; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.
13 For this reason I put things into the form of stories; because they see without seeing, and give ear without hearing, and the sense is not clear to them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
14 And for them the words of Isaiah have come true, Though you give ear, you will not get knowledge; and seeing, you will see, but the sense will not be clear to you: 14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: " 'You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For the heart of this people has become fat and their ears are slow in hearing and their eyes are shut; for fear that they might see with their eyes and give hearing with their ears and become wise in their hearts and be turned again to me, so that I might make them well. 15 For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'
16 But a blessing be on your eyes, because they see; and on your ears, because they are open. 16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.
17 For truly, I say to you that prophets and upright men had a desire to see the things which you see, and saw them not; and to have knowledge of the words which have come to your ears, and they had it not. 17 For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
18 Give ear, then, to the story of the man who put the seed in the earth. 18 "Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:
19 When the word of the kingdom comes to anyone, and the sense of it is not clear to him, then the Evil One comes, and quickly takes away that which was put in his heart. He is the seed dropped by the wayside. 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.
20 And that which went on the stones, this is he who, hearing the word, straight away takes it with joy; 20 The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.
21 But having no root in himself, he goes on for a time; and when trouble comes or pain, because of the word, he quickly becomes full of doubts. 21 But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.
22 And that which was dropped among the thorns, this is he who has the word; and the cares of this life, and the deceits of wealth, put a stop to the growth of the word and it gives no fruit. 22 The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.
23 And the seed which was put in good earth, this is he who gives ear to the word, and gets the sense of it; who gives fruit, some a hundred, some sixty, some thirty times as much. 23 But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."
24 And he gave them another story, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a man who put good seed in his field: 24 Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.
25 But while men were sleeping, one who had hate for him came and put evil seeds among the grain, and went away. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.
26 But when the green stem came up and gave fruit, the evil plants were seen at the same time. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
27 And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, Sir, did you not put good seed in your field? how then has it evil plants? 27 "The owner's servants came to him and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?'
28 And he said, Someone has done this in hate. And the servants say to him, Is it your pleasure that we go and take them up? 28 " 'An enemy did this,' he replied. "The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'
29 But he says, No, for fear that by chance while you take up the evil plants, you may be rooting up the grain with them. 29 " 'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them.
30 Let them come up together till the getting in of the grain; and then I will say to the workers, Take up first the evil plants, and put them together for burning: but put the grain into my store-house. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.' "
31 He put another story before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and put in his field: 31 He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.
32 Which is smaller than all seeds; but when it has come up it is greater than the plants, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of heaven come and make their resting-places in its branches. 32 Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches."
33 Another story he gave to them: The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took, and put in three measures of meal, till it was all leavened. 33 He told them still another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough."
34 All these things Jesus said to the people in the form of stories; and without a story he said nothing to them: 34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.
35 That it might come true which was said by the prophet, Opening my mouth, I will give out stories; I will give knowledge of things kept secret from before all time. 35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world."
36 Then he went away from the people, and went into the house; and his disciples came to him, saying, Make clear to us the story of the evil plants in the field. 36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field."
37 And he made answer and said, He who puts the good seed in the earth is the Son of man; 37 He answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.
38 And the field is the world; and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom; and the evil seeds are the sons of the Evil One; 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one,
39 And he who put them in the earth is Satan; and the getting in of the grain is the end of the world; and those who get it in are the angels. 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
40 As then the evil plants are got together and burned with fire, so will it be in the end of the world. 40 "As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.
41 The Son of man will send out his angels, and they will take out of his kingdom everything which is a cause of error, and all those who do wrong, 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.
42 And will put them into the fire; there will be weeping and cries of sorrow. 42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then will the upright be shining as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him give ear. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
44 The kingdom of heaven is like a secret store of wealth in a field, which a man came across and put back again; and in his joy he goes and gives all he has, to get that field. 44 "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a trader searching for beautiful jewels. 45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.
46 And having come across one jewel of great price, he went and gave all he had in exchange for it. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net, which was put into the sea and took in every sort of fish: 47 "Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish.
48 When it was full, they took it up on the sands; and seated there they put the good into vessels, but the bad they put away. 48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away.
49 So will it be in the end of the world: the angels will come and take out the bad from the good, 49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous
50 And will put them into the fire: there will be weeping and cries of sorrow. 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51 Are all these things now clear to you? They say to him, Yes. 51 "Have you understood all these things?" Jesus asked. "Yes," they replied.
52 And he said to them, For this reason every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house, who gives out from his store things new and old. 52 He said to them, "Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old."
53 And when Jesus had come to the end of these stories he went away from there. 53 When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there.
54 And coming into his country, he gave them teaching in their Synagogue, so that they were greatly surprised and said, Where did this man get this wisdom and these works of power? 54 Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. "Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?" they asked.
55 Is not this the woodworker's son? is not his mother named Mary? and his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 55 "Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother's name Mary, and aren't his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?
56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? from where, then, has he all these things? 56 Aren't all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?"
57 And they were bitter against him. But Jesus said to them, A prophet is nowhere without honour but in his country and among his family. 57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor."
58 And the works of power which he did there were small in number because they had no faith. 58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.