Matthew 13:20

20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.

Matthew 13:20 in Other Translations

KJV
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
ESV
20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy,
NLT
20 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy.
MSG
20 "The seed cast in the gravel - this is the person who hears and instantly responds with enthusiasm.
CSB
20 And the one sown on rocky ground-this is one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy.

Matthew 13:20 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 13:20

But he that receiveth the seed into stony places
Such a hearer, who is like to the stony ground on which the seed fell, is one that is not an accidental hearer of the word, as the former, but a settled constant hearer of it; and not one that is careless and negligent, but diligent and attentive, and has some understanding of what he hears;

the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth
it:
he is one that not only constantly attends upon it, but he receives it; he gives an assent to it, he believes in it historically, makes a profession of his faith in it, and holds it for a while, being under some convictions of the truth of it: and having some speculative notions of it, and light in his understanding and judgment in it, he has some flashes of natural affection for it, and delivers some outward expressions of pleasure and delight in it, like Herod, and the hearers of John the Baptist; but has no heart work, and so is like to the rock in stony ground; the natural hardness of his heart continues, it remains unbroken by the word, without any true sense of sin, and repentance for it, and destitute of spiritual life, and of true faith, love, and joy: hence, as his profession is taken up in haste, immediately, upon a flash of affection, and a little head knowledge, it does not last long, nor prove honourable.

Matthew 13:20 In-Context

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.
21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.
22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.