1 AND again he taught by the lake; and a very great multitude came together to him, so that entering into a ship he sat on the lake, and all the multitude were by the lake on the land. 2 And he taught them many things in parables, and said to them, in his teaching, 3 Hear! behold a sower went out to sow; 4 and in sowing, some fell on the way, and the birds came and devoured it. 5 And some fell on a rocky place, where it had not much earth, and it came up immediately, because it had no depth of earth; 6 and when the sun rose, it was scorched, and because it had no root it was dried up. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 8 And some fell on good ground, and produced fruit, growing up and increasing, and bore one thirty, one sixty, and one a hundred. 9 And he said, He that has ears, let him hear.
10 And when he was alone, those about him, with the twelve, asked him the parable. 11 And he said to them, To you is given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but to those without all things are in parables; 12 that seeing they may see, and not perceive, and hearing they may hear, and not understand, lest at any time they should turn, and be forgiven.
13 And he said to them, Do you not know this parable? How then will you know all parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are those where the word is sown by the way; and when they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word which was sown upon them. 16 And these in like manner are those sown on the rocky places; when they hear the word, they immediately receive it with joy, 17 and have no root in themselves, but are temporary [disciples]. Then, when affliction or persecution occurs on account of the word, they are immediately offended. 18 And those sown among thorns are different. They are those who hear the word, 19 and the cares of life, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires of other things coming in, choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 And these are those sown in good ground, who hear the word, and receive it, and bear fruit, one thirty, and one sixty, and one a hundred.
21 And he said to them, Does a light come to be put under a modius [1.916 gallon measure], or under a bed? and not to be put in a candlestick? 22 For there is nothing hid that shall not be made manifest, nor any thing concealed that shall not come to light. 23 If any one has ears to hear, let him hear. 24 And he said to them, Consider what you hear. With what measure you measure it shall be measured to you, and more shall be given you. 25 For whoever has, to him shall be given; and whoever has not, from him even what he has shall be taken away.
26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God as a man casts the seeds into the earth, 27 and sleeps and wakes, night and day, and the seed germinates, and grows he knows not how. 28 The earth produces spontaneously, first the stalk, then the head, then the full wheat in the head. 29 And when the wheat delivers itself, he immediately sends out the sickle, because the harvest has come.
30 And he said, To what shall I liken the kingdom of God? or with what parable shall I present it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which when sown in the earth is the least of all seeds on the earth; 32 but when sown, it comes up, and becomes the greatest of all plants, and produces great branches, so that the birds of heaven can dwell under its shade.
33 And with many such parables spoke he the word to them as they could hear; 34 but without a parable spoke he not to them; and, privately, he explained all things to his disciples.
35 And on that day, when it was evening, he said to them, Let us cross over to the other side. 36 And dismissing the multitude, they took him as he was in the ship; and other ships also were with him. 37 And there was a great tempest of wind, and the waves beat over the ship, so that the ship was already filled. 38 And he was in the stern, on the pillow, asleep. And they awoke him and said to him, Teacher, do you not care that we perish?
39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said to the lake, Hush! Be still! And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 And he said to them, Why are you so fearful? How have you no faith?