Matthew 13:3-23 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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."