"And when a great multitude were coming together, and those from the various cities were journeying to Him, He spoke by way of a parable: 'The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road; and it was trampled under foot, and the birds of the air ate it up. And other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And other seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns grew up with it, and choked it out. And other seed fell into the good soil, and grew up up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great.'
As He said these things, He would call out, 'He who has ears to hear, let him hear.' And His disciples began questioning Him as to what this parable might be. And He said, 'To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, in order that SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND.
Now this parable is this: the seed is the
word of God. And those beside the road are those who have heard; then the
devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they may not
believe and be saved. And those on the rocky soil are those who, when they
hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for
a while, and in time of temptation fall away. And the seed which fell among
the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way
they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring
no fruit to maturity. And the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who
have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear
fruit with perseverance. Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with
a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, in order
that those who come in may see the light. For nothing is hidden that shall not
become evident, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come to light.
Therefore take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him shall more be
given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken
away from him.' And His mother and brothers cam to Him, and they were unable
to get to Him because of the crowd. And it was reported to Him, 'Your mother
and Your brothers are standing outside wishing to see You.' But He answered
and said to them, 'My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of
God and do it.'"
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