Matthew 13:18

18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:

Matthew 13:18 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
English Standard Version (ESV)
18 "Hear then the parable of the sower:
New Living Translation (NLT)
18 “Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds:
The Message Bible (MSG)
18 "Study this story of the farmer planting seed.
American Standard Version (ASV)
18 Hear then ye the parable of the sower.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
18 "Listen to what the story about the farmer means.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
18 "You, then, listen to the parable of the sower:
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
18 "Listen! Here is the meaning of the story of the farmer.

Matthew 13:18 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 13:18

Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
That is, the interpretation of the parable; for they had heard the parable before, and had desired an explanation of it; which, though not mentioned by Matthew, is, by the other evangelists, ( Mark 4:10 ) , ( Luke 8:9 ) and since it was given to them to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, therefore Christ calls upon them to attend unto, and hear, so as to understand the spiritual meaning of this parable. Mark relates, that he moreover said to his disciples at this time, "know ye not this parable?" Do ye not understand the meaning of it, so easy to be taken in? them as it were reproving for their dulness of hearing, notwithstanding the grace given them, and the advantages they enjoyed: "how then will ye know all parables?" all that he had delivered, or was about to deliver at this time, or should hereafter; which were of more difficult interpretation, and not so easy to be understood as this.

Matthew 13:18 In-Context

16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.
17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:
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 their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.
20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.
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