Luke 8:4-21 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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4 One day Jesus told this story to a large crowd that had gathered from many towns to hear him: 4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable:
5 "A farmer went out to plant some seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds came and ate it. 5 "A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up.
6 Other seed fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. This seed began to grow, but soon it withered and died for lack of moisture. 6 Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.
7 Other seed fell among thorns that shot up and choked out the tender blades. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.
8 Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop one hundred times as much as had been planted." When he had said this, he called out, "Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand!" 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown." When he said this, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
9 His disciples asked him what the story meant. 9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant.
10 He replied, "You have been permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of God. But I am using these stories to conceal everything about it from outsiders, so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled: 'They see what I do, but they don't really see; they hear what I say, but they don't understand.' " 10 He said, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, " 'though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.'
11 "This is the meaning of the story: The seed is God's message. 11 "This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.
12 The seed that fell on the hard path represents those who hear the message, but then the Devil comes and steals it away and prevents them from believing and being saved. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.
13 The rocky soil represents those who hear the message with joy. But like young plants in such soil, their roots don't go very deep. They believe for a while, but they wilt when the hot winds of testing blow. 13 Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.
14 The thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.
15 But the good soil represents honest, good-hearted people who hear God's message, cling to it, and steadily produce a huge harvest." 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
16 "No one would light a lamp and then cover it up or put it under a bed. No, lamps are mounted in the open, where they can be seen by those entering the house. 16 "No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.
17 For everything that is hidden or secret will eventually be brought to light and made plain to all. 17 For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.
18 So be sure to pay attention to what you hear. To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But to those who are not listening, even what they think they have will be taken away from them." 18 Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him."
19 Once when Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him, they couldn't get to him because of the crowds. 19 Now Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd.
20 Someone told Jesus, "Your mother and your brothers are outside, and they want to see you." 20 Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you."
21 Jesus replied, "My mother and my brothers are all those who hear the message of God and obey it." 21 He replied, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice."