Matthew 13 ©
The parable of the sower. Why Christ taught in parables. The exposition of the parable of the sower. The parable of the tares; of the grain of mustard seed; of the leaven. The parable of the tares expounded. The parable of the hidden treasure; of one pearl of great price; of a net cast into the sea. Christ's countrymen are offended in him.
cAnd great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, nBy hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
When any one heareth rthe word of the kingdom, and sunderstandeth it not, then cometh tthe wicked one, and catcheth away that which was usown in his heart. vThis is he which received seed by the way side.
Yet hath he not yroot in himself, but *dureth for a while: zfor when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, aby and by he is offended.
bHe also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the cdeceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the *tares also.
But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the *tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
¶Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, qThe kingdom of heaven is like to ra grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and sbecometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
aThe field is the world; bthe good seed are cthe children of the kingdom; dbut the *tares are the children of the wicked one;
As htherefore the *tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and usever the wicked from among the just,
vAnd shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
¶And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.
And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?