The same day, Jesus went out of the house and sat by the seaside.
And great multitudes were gathered together unto Him, so that He went into a boat and sat, and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
And He spoke many things unto them in parables, saying, "Behold, a sower went forth to sow.
And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside; and the fowls came and devoured them up.
Some fell upon stony places where they had not much earth; and forthwith they sprang up, because they had no deepness of earth.
And when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.
And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up and choked them.
But others fell into good ground and brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Who hath ears to hear, let him hear."
And the disciples came and said unto Him, "Why speakest Thou unto them in parables?"
He answered and said unto them, "Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them it is not given.
For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance. But whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he hath.
Therefore speak I to them in parables, because seeing, they see not, and hearing, they hear not, neither do they understand.
And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith, `By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive.
For this people's heart has waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.'
But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.
For verily I say unto you, that many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them, and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
"Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower:
When any one heareth the Word of the Kingdom and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he that received seed by the wayside.
But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the Word and at once with joy receiveth it;
yet hath he not root in himself, but endureth for a while. For when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the Word, by and by he loses faith.
He also that received the seed among the thorns is he that heareth the Word; and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word, and he becometh unfruitful.
But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the Word and understandeth it; who also beareth fruit and bringeth forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."
Another parable put He forth before them, saying, "The Kingdom of Heaven is likened unto a man who sowed good seed in his field;
but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
But when the blades had sprung up and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, `Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath come the tares?'
He said unto them, `An enemy hath done this.' The servants said unto him, `Wilt thou then have us go and gather them up?'
But he said, `Nay, lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, "Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn."'"
Another parable put He forth before them, saying, "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field,
which indeed is the least of all seeds; but when it is grown it is the greatest among herbs and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof."
Another parable spoke He unto them: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till the whole was leavened."
All these things spoke Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spoke He not unto them,
that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, "I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world."
Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house, and His disciples came unto Him, saying, "Explain unto us the parable of the tares of the field."
He answered and said unto them, "He that soweth the good seed is the Son of Man.
The field is the world, the good seed are the children of the Kingdom, but the tares are the children of the wicked one.
The enemy that sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the world, and the reapers are the angels.
As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be at the end of this world.
The Son of Man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His Kingdom all things that offend and them that do iniquity,
and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field, which, when a man hath found, he hideth; and for the joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls,
who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a net that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind,
which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth and sever the wicked from among the just,
and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
Jesus said unto them, "Have ye understood all these things?" They said unto Him, "Yea, Lord."
Then said He unto them, "Therefore every scribe who is instructed unto the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, who bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old."
And it came to pass that when Jesus had finished these parables, He departed thence.
And when He had come into His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished and said, "From whence hath this man this wisdom and these mighty works?
Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary and his brethren James and Joseph, and Simon and Judas?
And his sisters, are they not all with us? From whence then hath this man all these things?"
And they were offended at Him. But Jesus said unto them, "A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country and in his own house."
And He did not many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.