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1 Later that same day, Jesus left the house and went down to the shore, 1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.
2 where an immense crowd soon gathered. He got into a boat, where he sat and taught as the people listened 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 He told many stories such as this one:"A farmer went out to plant some seed. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed.
4 As he scattered it across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
5 Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The plants sprang up quickly, 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.
6 but they soon wilted beneath the hot sun and died because the roots had no nourishment in the shallow soil. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
7 Other seeds fell among thorns that shot up and choked out the tender blades. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.
8 But some seeds fell on fertile soil and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop--a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
9 Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand!" 9 He who has ears, let him hear."
10 His disciples came and asked him, "Why do you always tell stories when you talk to the people?" 10 The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"
11 Then he explained to them, "You have been permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others have not. 11 He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.
12 To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But to those who are not listening, 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 That is why I tell these stories, because people see what I do, but they don't really see. They hear what I say, but they don't really hear, and they don't 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 This fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah, which says: 'You will hear my words, but you will not understand; you will see what I do, but you will not perceive its meaning. 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 hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes -- so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me 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 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 assure you, many prophets and godly people have longed to see and hear what you have seen and heard, but they could not. 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 "Now here is the explanation of the story I told about the farmer sowing grain: 18 "Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:
19 The seed that fell on the hard path represents those who hear the Good News about the Kingdom and don't understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches the seed away from their hearts. 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 rocky soil represents those who hear the message and receive 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 like young plants in such soil, their roots don't go very deep. At first they get along fine, but they wilt as soon as they have problems or are persecuted because they believe the word. 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 thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the Good News, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares of this life and the lure of wealth, so no crop is produced. 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 good soil represents the hearts of those who truly accept God's message and produce a huge harvest -- thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been 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 Here is another story Jesus told: "The Kingdom of Heaven 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 But that night as everyone slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.
26 When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
27 The farmer's servants came and told him, 'Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds!' 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 "'An enemy has done it!' the farmer exclaimed."'Shall we pull out the weeds?' they asked. 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, you'll hurt the wheat if you do. 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. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds and burn them and to put the wheat 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 Here is another illustration Jesus used: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed 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 is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants and grows into a tree where birds can come and find shelter 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 Jesus also used this illustration: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast used by a woman making bread. Even though she used a large amount of flour, the yeast permeated every part of 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 always used stories and illustrations like these when speaking to the crowds. In fact, he never spoke to them without using such parables. 34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.
35 This fulfilled the prophecy that said, "I will speak to you in parables. I will explain mysteries hidden since the creation of the world." 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, leaving the crowds outside, Jesus went into the house. His disciples said, "Please explain the story of 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 "All right," he said. "I, the Son of Man, am the farmer who plants the good seed. 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 represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the 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 The enemy who planted the weeds among the wheat is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the world, and the harvesters are the 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 separated out and burned, 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 I, the Son of Man, will send my angels, and they will remove from my Kingdom everything that causes 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 and they will throw them into the furnace and burn them. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then the godly will shine like the sun in their Father's Kingdom. Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand! 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 that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field -- and to get the treasure, too! 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 "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a pearl merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. 45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.
46 When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it! 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
47 "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a fishing net that is thrown into the water and gathers fish of every kind. 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 the net is full, they drag it up onto the shore, sit down, sort the good fish into crates, and throw 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 That is the way it will be at the end of the world. The angels will come and separate the wicked people from the godly, 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 throwing the wicked into the fire. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51 Do you understand?" "Yes," they said, "we do." 51 "Have you understood all these things?" Jesus asked. "Yes," they replied.
52 Then he added, "Every teacher of religious law who has become a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a person who brings out of the storehouse the new teachings as well as the old." 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 telling these stories, he left that part of the country. 53 When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there.
54 He returned to Nazareth, his hometown. When he taught there in the synagogue, everyone was astonished and said, "Where does he get his wisdom and his 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's just a carpenter's son, and we know Mary, his mother, and his brothers -- 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 All his sisters live right here among us. What makes him so great?" 56 Aren't all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?"
57 And they were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. Then Jesus told them, "A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family." 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 And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief. 58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.