Matthew 13 ©

1 The parable of the sower. 10 Why Christ taught in parables. 18 The exposition of the parable of the sower. 24 The parable of the tares; 31 of the grain of mustard seed; 33 of the leaven. 36 The parable of the tares expounded. 44 The parable of the hidden treasure; 45 of one pearl of great price; 47 of a net cast into the sea. 53 Christ's countrymen are offended in him.


THE asame day went Jesus out of the house, and bsat by the sea side.


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 he spake many things unto them din parables, saying, Behold, ea sower went forth to sow;


And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:


Some fell upon fstony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:


And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no groot, they withered away.


And some fell among hthorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:


But other fell into igood ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.


jWho hath ears to hear, let him hear.


And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?


He answered and said unto them, kBecause it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.


lFor whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.


mTherefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.


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.


oBut blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.


For *verily I say unto you, pThat many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.


¶Hear ye qtherefore the parable of the sower.


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.

v v.4,5.

But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and w*anon xwith joy receiveth it;


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.


dBut he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.


eAnother parable put he forth unto them, saying, fThe kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed ggood seed in his field:


But while men hslept, his ienemy came and sowed j*tares among the wheat, and went his way.


But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the *tares also.


So the kservants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it *tares?


He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, lWilt thou then that we go and gather them up?


But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the *tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.


Let both mgrow together until the harvest: and in the ntime of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the *tares, and bind them in bundles oto burn them: but gather the pwheat into my barn.


¶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.


tAnother parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto *leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.


uAll these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:


That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, vI will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.


Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into wthe house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, x*Declare unto us ythe parable of the *tares of the field.

w v.1.
y v.24-30.

He answered and said unto them, zHe that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;


aThe field is the world; bthe good seed are cthe children of the kingdom; dbut the *tares are the children of the wicked one;


eThe enemy that sowed them is the devil; fthe harvest is gthe end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.


As htherefore the *tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

h v.30.

iThe Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all 1things that *offend, jand them which do iniquity;


kAnd shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.


lThen shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in mthe kingdom of their Father. nWho hath ears to hear, let him hear.


oAgain, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.


pAgain, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:


Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.


qAgain, the kingdom of heaven is rlike unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered sof every kind:

r v.38.

tWhich, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.


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.

v v.42.

Jesus saith unto them, wHave ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.


Then said he unto them, xTherefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.


¶And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.


yAnd when he was come into zhis own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they awere astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?


bIs not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, cJames, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?


And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?


And they were doffended in him. But Jesus said unto them, eA prophet is not without honour, *save in his own country, and in his own house.


fAnd he did not many mighty works there gbecause of their unbelief.