1 And again He began to teach by the sea: and a great multitude is gathered unto Him, so that He having gone into a ship, sat on the sea; and the whole multitude was at the sea on the land. 2 And He was teaching them many things in parables, and in His teaching He said to them, 3 Hear: Behold, a sower went out to sow: 4 and it came to pass while he was sowing, some fell by the wayside, and the fowls came and devoured it. 5 And other fell upon stones, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: 6 and when the sun arose, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 7 And other fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up, and choked it, and it gave no fruit. 8 And other fell in good ground, and springing up and growing, gave fruit, and produced, one thirty, and one sixty, and one a hundred. 9 And He said, Let the one having ears to hear, hear.
10 And when they were alone, and those around Him along with the twelve asked Him the parable. 11 And He said to them, To you it has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to them who are without, all things are in parables: 12 in order that seeing they may see, and not know; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest they may turn, and their sins may he forgiven unto them.
13 And He says to them, Do you not understand this parable? and how will you know all parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And those who are by the way-side, where the word is sown; and when they hear it, immediately Satan comes, and takes away the word which was sown in their hearts. 16 And those who are sowed upon the rocks are likewise, those who, when they may hear the word, immediately with joy receive it. 17 And they have no root in themselves, but are temporary; then tribulation or persecution arising on account of the word, they are immediately offended: 18 and others are those who are sown among the thorns; they are those hearing the word, 19 and the cares of the age, and the deceitfulness of riches, and desires concerning other things coming into them, choke out the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 And these are they who are sown on good ground; whosoever hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirty, some sixty, and some a hundred.
21 And He said to them; Whether does the light come, that it may be placed under a bushel, or under a bed? is it not that it may be placed on a candlestick? 22 For there is nothing hidden which may not be made manifest; neither is there any thing concealed, but that it may come into the light. 23 If any one has ears to hear, let him hear. 24 And He said to them. See what you hear: with what measure you measure it shall be measured unto you: and it shall be added unto you who hear. 25 For whosoever has, it shall be given unto him: and he who has not, it shall be taken from him even that which he has.
26 And He said, Thus is the kingdom of God, as a man may cast seed on the ground; 27 and he may sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed germinates and grows, as he does not know. 28 The earth spontaneously brings forth fruit; first the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear. 29 And when the fruit may develop, immediately he thrusts in the sickle, because the harvest is at hand.
30 And He said, To what may we liken the kingdom of God? or in what parable may we present it? 31 Tis like a grain of mustard seed, which when it may be sown upon the earth, is the smallest of all seeds which are upon the earth, 32 and when it may be sowed, it springs up, and becomes the greatest of herbs, and produces great branches; so that the birds of the heavens are able to lodge under its shadow.
33 And in many such parables He continued to speak the word to them, as they were able to hear. 34 And without a parable He did not speak to them: and He privately expounded all things to His disciples.
35 And He says to them, on that day, it being evening, Let us go away to the other side. 36 And leaving the multitude, they receive Him, as He was in the ship; and other ships were also with Him. 37 And there was a great storm of wind: and the waves were dashing into the ship, so that it was already filled. 38 And He was in the stern, sleeping on a pillow: and they awaken Him, and say to Him; Teacher, is there no care to thee that we perish?
39 And being awakened, He said to the sea, Be calm, be quiet. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 And He said to them, Why are you so cowardly? how have you not faith?