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1 That same day Jesus left the house and sat down by the Sea of Galilee. 1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.
2 The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat. He sat in the boat while the entire crowd 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 he used stories as illustrations to tell them many things. He said, "Listen! A farmer went to plant seed. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed.
4 Some seeds were planted along the road, and birds came and devoured them. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
5 Other seeds were planted on rocky ground, where there was little soil. The plants sprouted quickly because the soil wasn't 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 came up, they were scorched. They withered because their roots weren't deep enough. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
7 Other seeds were planted among thornbushes, and the thornbushes grew up and choked them. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.
8 But other seeds were planted on good ground and produced grain. They produced one hundred, sixty, or thirty times as much as was planted. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop--a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
9 Let the person who has ears listen!" 9 He who has ears, let him hear."
10 The disciples asked him, "Why do you use stories as illustrations when you speak to people?" 10 The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"
11 Jesus answered, "Knowledge about the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you. But it has not been given to the crowd. 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 understand [these mysteries] will be given [more knowledge], and they will excel [in understanding them]. However, some people don't understand [these mysteries]. Even what they understand 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 speak to them this way. They see, but they're blind. They hear, but they don't listen. They don't even try to 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 make Isaiah's prophecy come true: 'You will hear clearly but never understand. You will see clearly but never comprehend. 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 These people have become close-minded and hard of hearing. They have shut their eyes so that their eyes never see. Their ears never hear. Their minds never understand. And they never return to me for healing!' 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 "Blessed are your eyes because they see and your ears because they hear. 16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.
17 I can guarantee this truth: Many prophets and many of God's people longed to see what you see but didn't see it, to hear what you hear but didn't hear it. 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 "Listen to what the story about the farmer means. 18 "Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:
19 Someone hears the word about the kingdom but doesn't understand it. The evil one comes at once and snatches away what was planted in him. This is what the seed planted along the road illustrates. 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 planted on rocky ground [is the person who] hears the word and accepts it at once 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 Since he doesn't have any root, he lasts only a little while. When suffering or persecution comes along because of the word, he immediately falls [from faith]. 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 planted among thornbushes [is another person who] hears the word. But the worries of life and the deceitful pleasures of riches choke the word so that it can't produce anything. 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 the seed planted on good ground [is the person who] hears and understands the word. This type produces crops. They produce one hundred, sixty, or thirty times as much as was planted." 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 Jesus used another illustration. He said, "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 But while people were asleep, his enemy planted weeds in the wheat field and went away. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.
26 When the wheat came up and formed kernels, weeds appeared. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
27 "The owner's workers came to him and asked, 'Sir, didn't you plant 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 "He told them, 'An enemy did this.' "His workers asked him, 'Do you want us to pull out the weeds?' 28 " 'An enemy did this,' he replied. "The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'
29 "He replied, 'No. If you pull out the weeds, you may pull out the wheat with them. 29 " 'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest. When the grain is cut, I will tell the workers to gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles to be burned. But I'll have them bring the wheat into 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 Jesus used another illustration. He said, "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone planted in a 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 It's one of the smallest seeds. However, when it has grown, it is taller than the garden plants. It becomes a tree that is large enough for birds to nest 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 He used another illustration. "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman mixed into a large amount of flour until the yeast worked its way through all the dough." 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 illustrations to tell the crowds all these things. He did not tell them anything without illustrating it with a story. 34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.
35 So what the prophet had said came true: "I will open my mouth to illustrate points. I will tell what has been hidden 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 When Jesus had sent the people away, he went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, "Explain what the illustration of the weeds in the field means." 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 He answered, "The one who plants the good seeds 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 good seeds are those who belong to the kingdom. The weeds are those 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 The enemy who planted them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world. The workers 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 Just as weeds are gathered and burned, so it will be at the end of time. 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. They will gather everything in his kingdom that causes people to sin and everyone who does 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 a blazing furnace. People will cry and be in extreme pain there. 42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then the people who have God's approval will shine like the sun in their Father's kingdom. Let the person who has ears 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 buried in a field. When a man discovered it, he buried it again. He was so delighted with it that he went away, sold everything he had, and bought 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 merchant who was searching for fine pearls. 45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.
46 When he found a valuable pearl, he went away, 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 thrown into the sea. It gathered 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 was full, they pulled it to the shore. Then they sat down, gathered the good fish into containers, and threw the bad ones 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 The same thing will happen at the end of time. The angels will go out and separate the evil people from people who have God's approval. 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 Then the angels will throw the evil people into a blazing furnace. They will cry and be in extreme pain there. 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51 "Have you understood all of this?" "Yes," they answered. 51 "Have you understood all these things?" Jesus asked. "Yes," they replied.
52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a home owner. He brings new and old things out of his treasure chest." 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 had finished these illustrations, he left that place. 53 When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there.
54 Jesus went to his hometown and taught the people in the synagogue in a way that amazed them. People were asking, "Where did this man get this wisdom and the power to do these 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 Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother's name Mary? Aren't his brothers' names 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 aren't all his sisters here with us? Where, then, did this man get all this?" 56 Aren't all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?"
57 So they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "The only place a prophet isn't honored is in his hometown and in his own house." 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 He didn't work many miracles there because of their lack of faith. 58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.