Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Now this is the parable: The seed is the word of God.
And He spake to them many things in parables, saying, "Behold, the sower went forth to sow.
And He taught them many things in parables, and said to them in His teaching,
And those by the wayside are those who heard; then the Devil comes, and takes away the word from their heart; lest, having believed, they should be saved.
For this reason, it is needful that we give the more earnest heed to the things heard, lest at any time we drift past them.
Because, if anyone is a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like a man beholding his natural face in a mirror;
"Ye are the salt of the earth; but, if the salt become tasteless, with what shall it be salted? It is henceforth good for nothing, except, when cast without, to be trodden under foot by men.
And it came to pass, as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured it.