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Matthew 13

MSG 1 At about that same time Jesus left the house and sat on the beach. NIV 1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. MSG 2 In no time at all a crowd gathered along the shoreline, forcing him to get into a boat. NIV 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. MSG 3 Using the boat as a pulpit, he addressed his congregation, telling stories. NIV 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed. MSG 4 As he scattered the seed, some of it fell on the road, and birds ate it. NIV 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. MSG 5 Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn't put down roots, NIV 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. MSG 6 so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly. NIV 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. MSG 7 Some fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled by the weeds. NIV 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. MSG 8 Some fell on good earth, and produced a harvest beyond his wildest dreams. NIV 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop--a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. MSG 9 "Are you listening to this? Really listening?" NIV 9 He who has ears, let him hear." MSG 10 The disciples came up and asked, "Why do you tell stories?" NIV 10 The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?" MSG 11 He replied, "You've been given insight into God's kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn't been given to them. NIV 11 He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. MSG 12 Whenever someone has a ready heart for this, the insights and understandings flow freely. But if there is no readiness, any trace of receptivity soon disappears. NIV 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. MSG 13 That's why I tell stories: to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight. In their present state they can stare till doomsday and not see it, listen till they're blue in the face and not get it. NIV 13 This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. MSG 14 I don't want Isaiah's forecast repeated all over again: Your ears are open but you don't hear a thing. Your eyes are awake but you don't see a thing. NIV 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. MSG 15 The people are blockheads! They stick their fingers in their ears so they won't have to listen; They screw their eyes shut so they won't have to look, so they won't have to deal with me face-to-face and let me heal them. NIV 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.' MSG 16 "But you have God-blessed eyes - eyes that see! And God-blessed ears - ears that hear! NIV 16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. MSG 17 A lot of people, prophets and humble believers among them, would have given anything to see what you are seeing, to hear what you are hearing, but never had the chance. NIV 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. MSG 18 "Study this story of the farmer planting seed. NIV 18 "Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: MSG 19 When anyone hears news of the kingdom and doesn't take it in, it just remains on the surface, and so the Evil One comes along and plucks it right out of that person's heart. This is the seed the farmer scatters on the road. NIV 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. MSG 20 "The seed cast in the gravel - this is the person who hears and instantly responds with enthusiasm. NIV 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. MSG 21 But there is no soil of character, and so when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it. NIV 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. MSG 22 "The seed cast in the weeds is the person who hears the kingdom news, but weeds of worry and illusions about getting more and wanting everything under the sun strangle what was heard, and nothing comes of it. NIV 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. MSG 23 "The seed cast on good earth is the person who hears and takes in the News, and then produces a harvest beyond his wildest dreams." NIV 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." MSG 24 He told another story. "God's kingdom is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. NIV 24 Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. MSG 25 That night, while his hired men were asleep, his enemy sowed thistles all through the wheat and slipped away before dawn. NIV 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. MSG 26 When the first green shoots appeared and the grain began to form, the thistles showed up, too. NIV 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. MSG 27 "The farmhands came to the farmer and said, 'Master, that was clean seed you planted, wasn't it? Where did these thistles come from?' NIV 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?' MSG 28 "He answered, 'Some enemy did this.' "The farmhands asked, 'Should we weed out the thistles?' NIV 28 " 'An enemy did this,' he replied. "The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?' MSG 29 "He said, 'No, if you weed the thistles, you'll pull up the wheat, too. NIV 29 " 'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. MSG 30 Let them grow together until harvest time. Then I'll instruct the harvesters to pull up the thistles and tie them in bundles for the fire, then gather the wheat and put it in the barn.'" NIV 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.' " MSG 31 Another story. "God's kingdom is like a pine nut that a farmer plants. NIV 31 He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. MSG 32 It is quite small as seeds go, but in the course of years it grows into a huge pine tree, and eagles build nests in it." NIV 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." MSG 33 Another story. "God's kingdom is like yeast that a woman works into the dough for dozens of loaves of barley bread - and waits while the dough rises." NIV 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." MSG 34 All Jesus did that day was tell stories - a long storytelling afternoon. NIV 34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. MSG 35 His storytelling fulfilled the prophecy: I will open my mouth and tell stories; I will bring out into the open things hidden since the world's first day. NIV 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." MSG 36 Jesus dismissed the congregation and went into the house. His disciples came in and said, "Explain to us that story of the thistles in the field." NIV 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." MSG 37 So he explained. "The farmer who sows the pure seed is the Son of Man. NIV 37 He answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. MSG 38 The field is the world, the pure seeds are subjects of the kingdom, the thistles are subjects of the Devil, NIV 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, MSG 39 and the enemy who sows them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, the curtain of history. The harvest hands are angels. NIV 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. MSG 40 "The picture of thistles pulled up and burned is a scene from the final act. NIV 40 "As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. MSG 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, weed out the thistles from his kingdom, NIV 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. MSG 42 pitch them in the trash, and be done with them. They are going to complain to high heaven, but nobody is going to listen. NIV 42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. MSG 43 At the same time, ripe, holy lives will mature and adorn the kingdom of their Father. "Are you listening to this? Really listening? NIV 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. MSG 44 "God's kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years and then accidently found by a trespasser. The finder is ecstatic - what a find! - and proceeds to sell everything he owns to raise money and buy that field. NIV 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. MSG 45 "Or, God's kingdom is like a jewel merchant on the hunt for excellent pearls. NIV 45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. MSG 46 Finding one that is flawless, he immediately sells everything and buys it. NIV 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. MSG 47 "Or, God's kingdom is like a fishnet cast into the sea, catching all kinds of fish. NIV 47 "Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. MSG 48 When it is full, it is hauled onto the beach. The good fish are picked out and put in a tub; those unfit to eat are thrown away. NIV 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. MSG 49 That's how it will be when the curtain comes down on history. The angels will come and cull the bad fish NIV 49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous MSG 50 and throw them in the garbage. There will be a lot of desperate complaining, but it won't do any good." NIV 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. MSG 51 Jesus asked, "Are you starting to get a handle on all this?" They answered, "Yes." NIV 51 "Have you understood all these things?" Jesus asked. "Yes," they replied. MSG 52 He said, "Then you see how every student well-trained in God's kingdom is like the owner of a general store who can put his hands on anything you need, old or new, exactly when you need it." NIV 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." MSG 53 When Jesus finished telling these stories, he left there, NIV 53 When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. MSG 54 returned to his hometown, and gave a lecture in the meetinghouse. He made a real hit, impressing everyone. "We had no idea he was this good!" they said. "How did he get so wise, get such ability?" NIV 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. MSG 55 But in the next breath they were cutting him down: "We've known him since he was a kid; he's the carpenter's son. We know his mother, Mary. We know his brothers James and Joseph, Simon and Judas. NIV 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? MSG 56 All his sisters live here. Who does he think he is?" NIV 56 Aren't all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?" MSG 57 They got their noses all out of joint. NIV 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." MSG 58 But Jesus said, "A prophet is taken for granted in his hometown and his family." He didn't do many miracles there because of their hostile indifference. NIV 58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.