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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.

2. The Parable of the Lamp

21 And He said to them, Does the 1alamp come so that it may be placed under the 2bushel or under the bed? Does it not come that it may be placed on the 3lampstand?

22 For nothing is ahidden except that it may be manifested, nor has anything become concealed but that it may come into the open.

23 If anyone has aears to hear, let him hear.

24 And He said to them, Take heed what you hear. 1With what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you, and it shall be added to you.

25 For he who 1ahas, it shall be given to him; and he who does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.

3. The Parable of the Seed

26 And He said, So is the 1akingdom of God: as if a 2man cast 3bseed on the earth,

27 And 1sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and 2lengthens -- how, he does not know.

28 The 1earth bears fruit 2by itself: first a blade, then an ear, then full grain in the ear.

29 But when the fruit is ripe, aimmediately he sends forth the 1bsickle, because the harvest has come.

4. The Parable of the Mustard Seed

30 1And He said, How shall we liken the akingdom of God, or in what parable shall we 2present it?

31 It is like a amustard seed, which, when it is sown on the earth, is smaller than all the seeds on the earth.

32 And when it is sown, it comes up and becomes 1greater than all the herbs and produces great branches, so that the 1birds of heaven can roost under its shade.

33 And in many such 1parables He spoke the aword to them as they were bable to hear;

34 And without a aparable He did not speak to them; but bprivately to His own disciples He explained all things.