THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
B. The Unveiling of the Kingdom's Mysteries
1. The Preliminary Work of the Kingdom
1 1aOn that day Jesus went out of the bhouse and sat beside the sea.
2 And great crowds were gathered to Him, so that He stepped into a 1aboat and sat, and all the crowd stood on the shore.
3 And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, 1Behold, the 2asower went out to sow.
4 And as he sowed, some 1aseeds fell 2bbeside the way, and the 3bbirds came and devoured them.
5 And others fell on the 1arocky places, where they did not have much earth, and immediately they sprang up because they had no bdepth of earth.
6 But when the 1asun rose, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered.
7 And others fell on the 1athorns, and the thorns came up and choked them.
8 But others fell on the 1agood earth and yielded fruit, one a bhundredfold, and one sixtyfold, and one thirtyfold.
9 He who has 1aears to hear, let him hear.
10 aAnd the disciples came and said to Him, Why do You speak in parables to them?
11 And He answered and said to them, Because to you it has been given to know the 1amysteries of the bkingdom of the heavens, but to them it has not been given.
12 For 1awhoever has, it shall be given to him, and he will abound; but 2whoever does not have, even that which he has shall be taken away from him.
13 For this reason I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do anot see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, a"In hearing you shall hear and by no means understand, and seeing you shall see and by no means perceive.
15 For the heart of this people has become fat, and with their ears they have heard heavily, and their aeyes they have closed, lest they perceive with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart, and they turn around, and I will heal them.''
16 But ablessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.
17 For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men have desired to aperceive the things that you 1see, and have not perceived them, and to hear the things that you 1hear, and have not heard them.
18 aYou therefore hear the parable of the one who sowed.
19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand, the 1aevil one comes and snatches away that which has been sown in his heart. This is the one sown beside the way.
20 And the one sown on the rocky places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
21 Yet he does not have root in himself but lasts only for a time, and when affliction or persecution occurs because of the word, immediately he is astumbled.
22 And the one sown in the thorns, this is he who hears the word, and the aanxiety of the bage and the deceitfulness of criches utterly choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
23 But the one sown on the good earth, this is he who hears the word and understands, who by all means bears afruit and produces, one a hundredfold, and one sixtyfold, and one thirtyfold.
2. The Establishment of the Kingdom and Its False Constituents
24 Another parable He set before them, saying, The 1akingdom of the heavens has become like a bman sowing good cseed in his cfield.
25 But while the 1men slept, his aenemy came and sowed 2btares in the midst of the 3wheat and went away.
26 And when the blade sprouted and produced fruit, then the tares appeared also.
27 And the slaves of the master of the house came and said to him, Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where then did the tares come from?
28 And he said to them, An enemy has done this. And the slaves said to him, Do you want us then to go and 1collect them?
29 But he said, No, lest while 1collecting the tares, you uproot the wheat along with them.
30 Let both 1grow together until the aharvest, and at the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, bCollect first the tares and bind them into bundles to cburn them up, but the dwheat gather into my barn.
3. The Abnormal Development
of the Outward Appearance of the Kingdom
31 aAnother parable He set before them, saying, The kingdom of the heavens is like a 1bmustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field,
32 And which is smaller than all the seeds; but when it has grown, it is greater than the herbs and becomes a 1tree, so that the 2abirds of heaven come and roost in its branches.
4. The Inward Corruption
of the Outward Appearance of the Kingdom
33 aAnother parable He spoke to them: The kingdom of the heavens is like 1bleaven, which a 2cwoman took and hid in dthree measures of 3meal until the whole was leavened.
34 All these things Jesus spoke in aparables to the crowds, and apart from a parable He spoke nothing to them,
35 So that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, a"I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things bhidden 1cfrom the foundation of the world.''
5. The Establishment of the Kingdom
and Its False Constituents (Continued)
36 Then, leaving the crowds, He went into the ahouse. And His disciples came to Him, saying, Make the bparable of the tares of the field clear to us.
37 And He answered and said, He who sows the good seed is the aSon of Man;
38 And the field is the world; and the 1good seed, these are the asons of the kingdom; and the 1tares are the bsons of the evil one;
39 And the enemy who sowed them is the adevil; and the harvest is the bconsummation of the age; and the reapers are angels.
40 Therefore just as the tares are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the consummation of the age.
41 The aSon of Man will send His angels, and they will collect out of 1His bkingdom all the cstumbling blocks and those who practice dlawlessness,
42 And will cast them into the 1afurnace of fire. In that place there will be the 2bweeping and the gnashing of teeth.
43 Then the 1righteous will ashine forth like the sun in the 2bkingdom of their Father. He who has cears to hear, let him hear.
6. The Kingdom Hidden in the God-created Earth
44 The kingdom of the heavens is like a 1treasure hidden in the 2afield, which a 3man found and bhid, and in his joy goes and sells all that he has, and cbuys that field.
7. The Church Produced out of the Satan-corrupted World
45 Again, the kingdom of the heavens is like a 1merchant seeking fine pearls;
46 And finding one 1apearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bbought it.
8. The Eternal Gospel and Its Result
47 Again, the kingdom of the heavens is like a 1anet cast into the 2sea and gathering from 3every species,
48 Which, when it was filled, they brought onto the shore, and sat down and collected the 1good into vessels; but the 1foul they cast out.
49 So it will be at the aconsummation of the age: the angels will go forth and separate the evil from the midst of the righteous,
50 And will cast them into the 1afurnace of fire. In that place there will be the 2bweeping and the gnashing of teeth.
9. The Treasure of Things New and Old
51 Have you understood all these things? They said to Him, Yes.
52 And He said to them, For this reason every ascribe bdiscipled to the kingdom of the heavens is like a householder who brings forth out of his 1treasure things cnew and old.
C. The Increase of Rejection
1. Rejection by His Countrymen
53 And when Jesus had finished these parables, He departed from there.
54 aAnd He came into His own country and taught them in their bsynagogue, so that they were castounded and said, Where did this man get this dwisdom and these works of power?
55 Is not this the 1carpenter's ason? Is not His bmother called Mary, and His cbrothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?
57 And they were astumbled because of Him. But Jesus said to them, A bprophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.
58 And He did 1not do many works of power there because of their unbelief.