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1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.
2 Large crowds gathered around him, so he got into a boat and sat down, while the people stood on the shore. 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 Then Jesus used stories to teach them many things. He said: "A farmer went out to plant his seed. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed.
4 While he was planting, some seed fell by the road, and the birds came and ate it all up. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
5 Some seed fell on rocky ground, where there wasn't much dirt. That seed grew very fast, because the ground 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 But when the sun rose, the plants dried up, because they did not have deep roots. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
7 Some other seed fell among thorny weeds, which grew and choked the good plants. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.
8 Some other seed fell on good ground where it grew and produced a crop. Some plants made a hundred times more, some made sixty times more, and some made thirty times more. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop--a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
9 You people who can hear me, listen." 9 He who has ears, let him hear."
10 The followers came to Jesus and asked, "Why do you use stories to teach the people?" 10 The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"
11 Jesus answered, "You have been chosen to know the secrets about the kingdom of heaven, but others cannot know these secrets. 11 He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.
12 Those who have understanding will be given more, and they will have all they need. But those who do not have understanding, even what they have will be taken away from them. 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 This is why I use stories to teach the people: They see, but they don't really see. They hear, but they don't really hear or understand. 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 So they show that the things Isaiah said about them are true: 'You will listen and listen, but you will not understand. You will look and look, but you will not learn. 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 minds of these people have become stubborn. They do not hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might really understand what they see with their eyes and hear with their ears. They might really understand in their minds and come back to me and be healed.' 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 are blessed, because you see with your eyes and hear with your ears. 16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.
17 I tell you the truth, many prophets and good people wanted to see the things that you now see, but they did not see them. And they wanted to hear the things that you now hear, but they did not hear them. 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 "So listen to the meaning of that story about the farmer. 18 "Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:
19 What is the seed that fell by the road? That seed is like the person who hears the message about the kingdom but does not understand it. The Evil One comes and takes away what was planted in that person's heart. 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 what is the seed that fell on rocky ground? That seed is like the person who hears the teaching and quickly accepts 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 he does not let the teaching go deep into his life, so he keeps it only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the teaching he accepted, he quickly gives up. 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 what is the seed that fell among the thorny weeds? That seed is like the person who hears the teaching but lets worries about this life and the temptation of wealth stop that teaching from growing. So the teaching does not produce fruitn in that person's life. 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 But what is the seed that fell on the good ground? That seed is like the person who hears the teaching and understands it. That person grows and produces fruit, sometimes a hundred times more, sometimes sixty times more, and sometimes thirty times more." 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 Then Jesus told them another story: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man 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, when everyone was asleep, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat and then left. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.
26 Later, the wheat sprouted and the heads of grain grew, but the weeds also grew. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
27 Then the man's servants came to him and said, 'You planted good seed in your field. Where did the weeds 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 The man answered, 'An enemy planted weeds.' The servants asked, 'Do you want us to pull up the weeds?' 28 " 'An enemy did this,' he replied. "The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'
29 The man answered, 'No, because when you pull up the weeds, you might also pull up the wheat. 29 " 'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them.
30 Let the weeds and the wheat grow together until the harvest time. At harvest time I will tell the workers, "First gather the weeds and tie them together to be burned. Then gather the wheat and bring it to my 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 Then Jesus told another story: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man planted 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 That seed is the smallest of all seeds, but when it grows, it is one of the largest garden plants. It becomes big enough for the wild birds to come and build nests 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 Then Jesus told another story: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and hid in a large tub of flour until it made all the dough rise." 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 Jesus used stories to tell all these things to the people; he always used stories to teach them. 34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.
35 This is as the prophet said: "I will speak using stories; I will tell things that have been secret since the world was made." 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 Jesus left the crowd and went into the house. His followers came to him and said, "Explain to us the meaning of the story about the weeds 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 Jesus answered, "The man who planted the good seed in the field 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, and the good seed are all of God's children who belong to the kingdom. The weeds are those people who belong to 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 the enemy who planted the bad seed is the devil. The harvest time is the end of the world, and the workers who gather are God's 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 "Just as the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at 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 gather out of his kingdom all who cause sin and all who do evil. 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 The angels will throw them into the blazing furnace, where the people will cry and grind their teeth with pain. 42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then the good people will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. You people who can hear me, listen. 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 treasure hidden in a field. One day a man found the treasure, and then he hid it in the field again. He was so happy that he went and sold everything he owned to 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 "Also, the kingdom of heaven is like a man looking for fine pearls. 45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.
46 When he found a very valuable pearl, he went and sold everything he had and bought it. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
47 "Also, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was put into the lake and caught many different 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 was full, the fishermen pulled the net to the shore. They sat down and put all the good fish in baskets and threw away the bad fish. 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 It will be this way at the end of the world. The angels will come and separate the evil people from the good people. 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 The angels will throw the evil people into the blazing furnace, where people will cry and grind their teeth with pain." 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51 Jesus asked his followers, "Do you understand all these things?" They answered, "Yes, we understand." 51 "Have you understood all these things?" Jesus asked. "Yes," they replied.
52 Then Jesus said to them, "So every teacher of the law who has been taught about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house. He brings out both new things and old things he has saved." 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 teaching with these stories, he left there. 53 When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there.
54 He went to his hometown and taught the people in the synagogue, and they were amazed. They said, "Where did this man get this wisdom and this power to do miracles? 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 He is just the son of a carpenter. His mother is Mary, and his brothers are James, 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 And all his sisters are here with us. Where then does this man get all these things?" 56 Aren't all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?"
57 So the people were upset with Jesus. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is honored everywhere except in his hometown and in his own home." 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 So he did not do many miracles there because they had no faith. 58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.