As he sowed, some seed fell alongside the path; and the birds came and ate it up.
Other seed fell on rocky patches where there was not much soil. It sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow;
but when the sun had risen, the young plants were scorched; and since their roots were not deep, they dried up.
Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.
But others fell into rich soil and produced grain, a hundred or sixty or thirty times as much as had been sown.
Those who have ears, let them hear!"
Then the talmidim came and asked Yeshua, "Why are you speaking to them in parables?"
He answered, "Because it has been given to you to know the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but it has not been given to them.
For anyone who has something will be given more, so that he will have plenty; but from anyone who has nothing, even what he does have will be taken away.
Here is why I speak to them in parables: they look without seeing and listen without hearing or understanding.
That is, in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Yesha`yahu which says, `You will keep on hearing but never understand, and keep on seeing but never perceive,