Matthew 13:20-22

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.

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 13:20-22 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.
23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Matthew 11:6; Matthew 26:31
  • 2. Matthew 19:23; 1Ti 6:9,10,17
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