On that day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the sea.
Such large crowds gathered around Him that He got into a boat and sat down, while the whole crowd stood on the shore.
Then He told them many things in parables, saying: "Consider the sower who went out to sow.
As he was sowing, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and ate them up.
Others fell on rocky ground, where there wasn't much soil, and they sprang up quickly since the soil wasn't deep.
But when the sun came up they were scorched, and since they had no root, they withered.
Others fell among thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them.
Still others fell on good ground, and produced a crop: some 100, some 60, and some 30 times [what was sown].
Anyone who has ears should listen!"