When a great crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from one city after another, he spoke to them in a parable:
"A farmer went out to scatter his seed. As he was scattering it, some fell on the path where it was crushed, and the birds in the sky came and ate it.
Other seed fell on rock. As it grew, it dried up because it had no moisture.
Other seed fell among thorny plants. The thorns grew with the plants and choked them.
Still other seed landed on good soil. When it grew, it produced one hundred times more grain than was scattered." As he said this, he called out, "Everyone who has ears should pay attention."