Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
The meaning of the parable is as follows. The seed is God's Message.
He then spoke many things to them in figurative language. "The sower goes out," He said, "to sow.
Then He proceeded to teach them many lessons in figurative language; and in His teaching He said,
Those by the way-side are those who have heard, and then the Devil comes and carries away the Message from their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
For this reason we ought to pay the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, for fear we should drift away from them.
For if any one listens but does not obey, he is like a man who carefully looks at his own face in a mirror.
"*You* are the salt of the earth; but if salt has become tasteless, in what way can it regain its saltness? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown away and trodden on by the passers by.
As he sows, some of the seed falls by the way-side, and the birds come and peck it up.