15. Teaching with Parables
4 And while a great crowd was coming together and those from city to city were journeying to Him, He spoke by way of a aparable:
5 The 1sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell beside the way, and it was trampled underfoot, and the birds of heaven devoured it.
6 And other seed fell on the rock, and as it grew, it withered because it had no moisture.
7 And other seed fell in the midst of the athorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it off.
8 And other seed fell into the good earth, and when it grew, it produced fruit a ahundredfold. When He had said these things, He called out, He who has ears to hear, let him bhear.
9 And His disciples questioned Him as to what this parable might be.
10 And He said, To you it has been given to know the amysteries of the 1kingdom of God, but to the rest they are in parables, in order that bseeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.
11 Now the aparable is this: The seed is the bword of God.
12 And those beside the way are those who heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they would not believe and be asaved.
13 And those on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with ajoy; yet these have no root, who believe only for a while, and in time of btrial they draw back.
14 And that which fell into the thorns, these are those who heard and, going away, are utterly choked by aanxieties and briches and cpleasures of this 1life, and do not bring any fruit to maturity.
15 But that which is in the good earth, these are those who in a anoble and good heart hear the word and hold it fast and bbear fruit with cendurance.
16 Now ano one who has lit a 1blamp covers it with a vessel or puts it underneath a bed, but he puts it on a lampstand in order that those who come in may see the light.
17 For nothing is ahidden which shall not become manifest, nor concealed which shall not by all means be made known and come into the open.
18 aTake heed therefore how you bhear, for whoever chas, it shall be given to him, and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him.