D. Parables of the Kingdom of God
1. The Parable of the Sower
1 1And again He began to 2teach abeside the bsea, and a very great crowd was gathered unto Him, so that He stepped into a cboat in the sea and sat down, and all the crowd was on the land, facing the sea.
2 And He taught them many things in parables and said to them in His ateaching:
3 Listen! Behold, the 1asower went out to 2sow.
4 And as he sowed, some seed fell beside the way, and the birds came and devoured it.
5 And other seed fell on the rocky place, where it did not have much earth, and aimmediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth.
6 And when the sun arose, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered.
7 And other seed fell into the athorns, and the thorns came up and utterly choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
8 And others fell into the good earth and yielded fruit, coming up and growing; and one abore thirty-fold, and one sixty-fold, and one a bhundred-fold.
9 And He said, He who has aears to hear, let him hear.
10 And when He was aalone, those around Him, with the twelve, asked Him about the parables.
11 And He said to them, To you it has been given to know the 1amystery of the kingdom of God, but to those boutside, all things 2are in cparables,
12 In order that aseeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and bnot understand, lest they cturn and it be forgiven them.
13 And He said to them, Do you not 1know this aparable? And how will you 1know all the parables?
14 The asower sows the bword.
15 And these are the ones beside the way, where the word is sown; and when they hear, aimmediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown into them.
16 And likewise, these are the ones being sown on the rocky places, who, when they ahear the word, immediately receive it with joy.
17 Yet they have no root in themselves, but last only afor a time; then when affliction or persecution occurs because of the word, immediately they are bstumbled.
18 And others are the ones being sown into the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word,
19 And the aanxieties of the age and the bdeceitfulness of criches and the lusts for other things enter in and utterly choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
20 And these are the ones sown on the good earth: those who hear the word and receive it and abear fruit, one thirtyfold, and one sixtyfold, and one a hundredfold.