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.