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Matthew 13 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 At about that same time Jesus left the house and sat on the beach. 1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.
2 In no time at all a crowd gathered along the shoreline, forcing him to get into a boat. 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 Using the boat as a pulpit, he addressed his congregation, telling stories. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed.
4 As he scattered the seed, some of it fell on the road, and birds ate it. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
5 Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn't put down roots, 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.
6 so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
7 Some fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled by the weeds. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.
8 Some fell on good earth, and produced a harvest beyond his wildest dreams. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop--a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
9 "Are you listening to this? Really listening?" 9 He who has ears, let him hear."
10 The disciples came up and asked, "Why do you tell stories?" 10 The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"
11 He replied, "You've been given insight into God's kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn't been given to them. 11 He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.
12 Whenever someone has a ready heart for this, the insights and understandings flow freely. But if there is no readiness, any trace of receptivity soon disappears. 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 That's why I tell stories: to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight. In their present state they can stare till doomsday and not see it, listen till they're blue in the face and not get it. 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 I don't want Isaiah's forecast repeated all over again: Your ears are open but you don't hear a thing. Your eyes are awake but you don't see a thing. 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 The people are blockheads! They stick their fingers in their ears so they won't have to listen; They screw their eyes shut so they won't have to look, so they won't have to deal with me face-to-face and let me heal them. 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 you have God-blessed eyes - eyes that see! And God-blessed ears - ears that hear! 16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.
17 A lot of people, prophets and humble believers among them, would have given anything to see what you are seeing, to hear what you are hearing, but never had the chance. 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 "Study this story of the farmer planting seed. 18 "Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:
19 When anyone hears news of the kingdom and doesn't take it in, it just remains on the surface, and so the Evil One comes along and plucks it right out of that person's heart. This is the seed the farmer scatters on the road. 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 "The seed cast in the gravel - this is the person who hears and instantly responds with enthusiasm. 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 there is no soil of character, and so when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it. 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 "The seed cast in the weeds is the person who hears the kingdom news, but weeds of worry and illusions about getting more and wanting everything under the sun strangle what was heard, and nothing comes of it. 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 "The seed cast on good earth is the person who hears and takes in the News, and then produces a harvest beyond his wildest dreams." 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 He told another story. "God's kingdom is like a farmer who planted 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 That night, while his hired men were asleep, his enemy sowed thistles all through the wheat and slipped away before dawn. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.
26 When the first green shoots appeared and the grain began to form, the thistles showed up, too. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
27 "The farmhands came to the farmer and said, 'Master, that was clean seed you planted, wasn't it? Where did these thistles come from?' 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 "He answered, 'Some enemy did this.' "The farmhands asked, 'Should we weed out the thistles?' 28 " 'An enemy did this,' he replied. "The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'
29 "He said, 'No, if you weed the thistles, you'll pull up the wheat, too. 29 " 'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them.
30 Let them grow together until harvest time. Then I'll instruct the harvesters to pull up the thistles and tie them in bundles for the fire, then gather the wheat and put it in the barn.'" 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 Another story. "God's kingdom is like a pine nut that a farmer plants. 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 It is quite small as seeds go, but in the course of years it grows into a huge pine tree, and eagles build nests in it." 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. "God's kingdom is like yeast that a woman works into the dough for dozens of loaves of barley bread - and waits while the dough rises." 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 Jesus did that day was tell stories - a long storytelling afternoon. 34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.
35 His storytelling fulfilled the prophecy: I will open my mouth and tell stories; I will bring out into the open things hidden since the world's first day. 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 Jesus dismissed the congregation and went into the house. His disciples came in and said, "Explain to us that story of the thistles 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 So he explained. "The farmer who sows the pure seed is the Son of Man. 37 He answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.
38 The field is the world, the pure seeds are subjects of the kingdom, the thistles are subjects of the Devil, 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 the enemy who sows them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, the curtain of history. The harvest hands are 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 "The picture of thistles pulled up and burned is a scene from the final act. 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 his angels, weed out the thistles from his kingdom, 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 pitch them in the trash, and be done with them. They are going to complain to high heaven, but nobody is going to listen. 42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
43 At the same time, ripe, holy lives will mature and adorn the kingdom of their Father. "Are you listening to this? Really listening? 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
44 "God's kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years and then accidently found by a trespasser. The finder is ecstatic - what a find! - and proceeds to sell everything he owns to raise money and buy 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 "Or, God's kingdom is like a jewel merchant on the hunt for excellent pearls. 45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.
46 Finding one that is flawless, he immediately sells everything and buys it. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
47 "Or, God's kingdom is like a fishnet cast into the sea, catching all kinds 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 is full, it is hauled onto the beach. The good fish are picked out and put in a tub; those unfit to eat are thrown 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 That's how it will be when the curtain comes down on history. The angels will come and cull the bad fish 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 throw them in the garbage. There will be a lot of desperate complaining, but it won't do any good." 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51 Jesus asked, "Are you starting to get a handle on all this?" They answered, "Yes." 51 "Have you understood all these things?" Jesus asked. "Yes," they replied.
52 He said, "Then you see how every student well-trained in God's kingdom is like the owner of a general store who can put his hands on anything you need, old or new, exactly when you need it." 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 When Jesus finished telling these stories, he left there, 53 When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there.
54 returned to his hometown, and gave a lecture in the meetinghouse. He made a real hit, impressing everyone. "We had no idea he was this good!" they said. "How did he get so wise, get such ability?" 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 But in the next breath they were cutting him down: "We've known him since he was a kid; he's the carpenter's son. We know his mother, Mary. We know his brothers James and Joseph, 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 All his sisters live here. Who does he think he is?" 56 Aren't all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?"
57 They got their noses all out of joint. 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 But Jesus said, "A prophet is taken for granted in his hometown and his family." He didn't do many miracles there because of their hostile indifference. 58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.