What is the seed that fell by the road? That seed is like the person who hears the message about the kingdom but does not understand it. The Evil One comes and takes away what was planted in that person's heart.
And what is the seed that fell on rocky ground? That seed is like the person who hears the teaching and quickly accepts it with joy.
But he does not let the teaching go deep into his life, so he keeps it only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the teaching he accepted, he quickly gives up.
And what is the seed that fell among the thorny weeds? That seed is like the person who hears the teaching but lets worries about this life and the temptation of wealth stop that teaching from growing. So the teaching does not produce fruitn in that person's life.
But what is the seed that fell on the good ground? That seed is like the person who hears the teaching and understands it. That person grows and produces fruit, sometimes a hundred times more, sometimes sixty times more, and sometimes thirty times more."
Then Jesus told them another story: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who planted good seed in his field.
That night, when everyone was asleep, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat and then left.
Later, the wheat sprouted and the heads of grain grew, but the weeds also grew.
Then the man's servants came to him and said, 'You planted good seed in your field. Where did the weeds come from?'
The man answered, 'An enemy planted weeds.' The servants asked, 'Do you want us to pull up the weeds?'
The man answered, 'No, because when you pull up the weeds, you might also pull up the wheat.