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1 He began to teach again by the sea. And such a very large crowd gathered to Him that He got into a boat in the sea and sat down; and the whole crowd was by the sea on the land. 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 And He was teaching them many things in parables, and was saying to them in His teaching, 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said:
3 "Listen to this! Behold, the sower went out to sow; 3 "Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.
4 as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up. 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 the rocky ground where it did not have much soil; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.
6 "And after the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
7 "Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain.
8 "Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold." 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 And He was saying, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." 9 Then Jesus said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
10 As soon as He was alone, His followers , along with the twelve, began asking Him about the parables. 10 When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables.
11 And He was saying to them, "To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables, 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 WHILE SEEING, THEY MAY SEE AND NOT PERCEIVE, AND WHILE HEARING, THEY MAY HEAR AND NOT UNDERSTAND, OTHERWISE THEY MIGHT RETURN 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 And He said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand all the parables? 13 Then Jesus said to them, "Don't you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?
14 "The sower sows the word. 14 The farmer sows the word.
15 "These are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown; and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in 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 "In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy.
17 and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away. 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 "And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word;
19 but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 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 "And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold." 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 And He was saying to them, "A lamp is not brought to be put under a basket, is it, or under a bed? Is it not brought to be put on the lampstand? 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 "For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come 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 "If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."
24 And He was saying to them, "Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides. 24 "Consider carefully what you hear," he continued. "With the measure you use, it will be measured to you--and even more.
25 "For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him." 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him."
26 And He was saying, "The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; 26 He also said, "This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.
27 and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows -how, he himself does not know. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.
28 "The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain--first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.
29 "But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come." 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come."
30 And He said, "How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present 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 mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground.
32 yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that THE BIRDS OF THE AIR can NEST UNDER ITS SHADE." 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 With many such parables He was speaking the word to them, so far as they were able to hear it; 33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand.
34 and He did not speak to them without a parable; but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples. 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 On that day, when evening came, He said to them, "Let us go over to the other side." 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side."
36 Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.
37 And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.
38 Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?" 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 And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Hush, be still." And the wind died down and it became perfectly 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 said to them, "Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?" 40 He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"
41 They became very much afraid and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?" 41 They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"