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Matthew 13:1-58 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.
2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat there; and the whole crowd stood on the beach. 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 And he told them many things in parables, saying: "A sower went out to sow. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed.
4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the 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 fell on rocky ground, where they had not much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they 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 but when the sun rose they were scorched; and since they had no root they withered away. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
7 Other seeds fell upon thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.
8 Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop--a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
9 He who has ears, let him hear." 9 He who has ears, let him hear."
10 Then the disciples came and said to him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?" 10 The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"
11 And he answered them, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 11 He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.
12 For to him who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 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 in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they 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 With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah which says: 'You shall indeed hear but never understand, and you shall indeed see but never perceive. 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 this people's heart has grown dull, and their ears are heavy of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should perceive with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn for me to 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, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.
17 Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not 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 "Hear then the parable of the sower. 18 "Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:
19 When any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart; this is what was sown along the path. 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 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives 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 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. 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 As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the delight in riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 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 As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty." 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 Another parable he put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed 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 men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.
26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
27 And the servants of the householder came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it 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 He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Then do you want us to go and gather them?' 28 " 'An enemy did this,' he replied. "The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'
29 But he said, 'No; lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along 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; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather 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 Another parable he put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed 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 it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make 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 He told them another parable. "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened." 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 All this Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed he said nothing to them without a parable. 34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.
35 This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation 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 he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds of 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 He answered, "He who sows the good seed 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 means the sons of the kingdom; the weeds are the sons of 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 sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers 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 the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age. 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, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, 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 throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. 42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. 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 treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys 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 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.
46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that 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 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered 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 it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad. 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 So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous, 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 and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51 "Have you understood all this?" They said to him, "Yes." 51 "Have you understood all these things?" Jesus asked. "Yes," they replied.
52 And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is 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 And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, 53 When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there.
54 and coming to his own country he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, "Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? 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 Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and 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 are not all his sisters 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 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country 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 And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief. 58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.