Matthew 13:1-9

The Parable of the Sower

1 That same day Jesus went out of the house 1and sat beside the sea.
2 And great crowds gathered about him, 2so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach.
3 And 3he told them many things in parables, saying: 4"A sower went out to sow.
4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.
5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil,
6 but 5when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, 6they withered away.
7 Other seeds fell among 7thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.
8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some 8a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
9 9He who has ears,[a] let him hear."

Matthew 13:1-9 In-Context

1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.
2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach.
3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: "A sower went out to sow.
4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.
5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil,
6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away.
7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.
8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
9 He who has ears, let him hear."
10 Then the disciples came and said to him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?"
11 And he answered them, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
12 For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.

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Cross References 9

  • 1. For ver. 1-15, see Mark 4:1-12; Luke 8:4-10
  • 2. [Mark 3:9; Luke 5:1-3]
  • 3. ver. 34
  • 4. [Isaiah 55:10; Amos 9:13]
  • 5. James 1:11
  • 6. John 15:6
  • 7. Jeremiah 4:3
  • 8. ver. 23; Genesis 26:12
  • 9. See Matthew 11:15

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Some manuscripts add here and in verse 43 to hear
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