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Luke 8:4-21

NLT 4 One day Jesus told a story in the form of a parable to a large crowd that had gathered from many towns to hear him: NIV 4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: NLT 5 “A farmer went out to plant his seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it. NIV 5 "A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. NLT 6 Other seed fell among rocks. It began to grow, but the plant soon wilted and died for lack of moisture. NIV 6 Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. NLT 7 Other seed fell among thorns that grew up with it and choked out the tender plants. NIV 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. NLT 8 Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop that was a hundred times as much as had been planted!” When he had said this, he called out, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” NIV 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown." When he said this, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." NLT 9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant. NIV 9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant. NLT 10 He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets8:10a Greek mysteries. of the Kingdom of God. But I use parables to teach the others so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled: ‘When they look, they won’t really see. When they hear, they won’t understand.’8:10b Isa 6:9 (Greek version). NIV 10 He said, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, " 'though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.' NLT 11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word. NIV 11 "This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. NLT 12 The seeds that fell on the footpath represent those who hear the message, only to have the devil come and take it away from their hearts and prevent them from believing and being saved. NIV 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. NLT 13 The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation. NIV 13 Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. NLT 14 The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity. NIV 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. NLT 15 And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest. NIV 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. NLT 16 “No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house. NIV 16 "No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. NLT 17 For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all. NIV 17 For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. NLT 18 “So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.” NIV 18 Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him." NLT 19 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they couldn’t get to him because of the crowd. NIV 19 Now Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd. NLT 20 Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, and they want to see you.” NIV 20 Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you." NLT 21 Jesus replied, “My mother and my brothers are all those who hear God’s word and obey it.” NIV 21 He replied, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice."