1 On that day Jesus, having gone out of the house, was sitting by the seaside. 2 And there were gathered to Him great multitudes; so that He, having entered into a boat, sat down, and all the multitudes were standing on the beach.
3 And He spake to them many things in parables, saying, "Behold, the sower went forth to sow. 4 And, in his sowing, some seeds fell by the wayside, and the birds, coming, devoured them. 5 And others fell on the rocky places, where they had not much earth; and straightway they sprang up, because they had not depth of earth. 6 And, the sun having risen, they were scorched; and, because they had no root, they withered away. 7 And others fell upon the thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. 8 And others fell on the good ground, and were yielding fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. 9 He that has ears let him hear."
10 And the disciples, having come near, said to Him, "Wherefore dost Thou speak to them in parables?"
11 And He, answering, said to them, "Because to you it has been given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whosoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall be made to abound; but whosoever has not, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 13 On this account, I speak to them in parables; because, seeing, they see not; and, hearing, they hear not, nor understand. 14 And to them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which says, 'With hearing ye will hear, and will not understand; and, seeing, ye will see, and will not perceive; 15 for the heart of this people was made gross, and with their ears they heard heavily, and their eyes they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I should heal them.'
16 But happy are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. 17 For verily I say to you, that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what ye are seeing, and did not see them; and to hear what ye are hearing, and did not hear them.
18 Hear ye, therefore, the parable of the sower. 19 When any one hears the word of the Kingdom, and understands it not, the evil one comes, and snatches away what has been sown in his heart: this is he that was sown by the wayside. 20 And he that was sown on the rocky places, this is he who hears the word, and straightway with joy receives it; 21 yet he has not root in himself, but is only temporary; and, when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, straightway he stumbles. 22 And he that was sown among the thorns, this is he that hears the word; and the anxiety of the age and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 23 But he that was sown on the good ground, this is he that hears the word and understands it; who, indeed, bears fruit, and produces, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."
24 Another parable He set before them, saying, "The Kingdom of Heaven was likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 and, while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares in the midst of the wheat, and went away. 26 And, when the blade sprang up, and produced fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 And the servants of the house-holder, corning near, said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Whence, then, has it tares?'
28 And he said to them, 'An enemy did this.' The servants say to him, 'Do you wish, then, that we, going, should gather them up?'
29 He says, 'No; lest, while ye gather up the tares, ye root up the wheat with them. 30 Suffer both to grow together until the harvest. And, in the season of harvest, I will say to the reapers, Gather up first the tares, and bind them into bundles, with the view of burning them; but gather the wheat into my barn.'"
31 Another parable He set before them, saying, "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man, having taken, sowed in his field: 32 which, indeed, is less than all the seeds; but, when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the heaven come and roost in its branches."
33 Another parable He spake to them: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like leaven, which a woman, taking, hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened."
34 All these things Jesus spake to the multitudes in parables; and, without a parable, He was wont to speak nothing to them; 35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying, "I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world."
36 Then, leaving the multitudes, He went into the house; and His disciples came to Him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field."
37 And, answering, He said, "He that sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world: and the good seed, these are the sons of the Kingdom; but the tares are the sons of the evil one; 39 and the enemy that sowed them is the Devil; and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels. 40 As, therefore, the tares are gathered up, and are burned with fire, so shall it be in the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of the Kingdom all the stumbling-blocks, and those who do iniquity; 42 and they will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be the weeping, and the gnashing of teeth! 43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. He that has ears let him hear.
44 "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid; and in his joy he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.
45 "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls; 46 and, having found one pearl of great price, departing, he has sold all that he had, and bought it.
47 "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a net, cast into the sea, and gathering of every kind; 48 which, when it was filled having drawn it up again upon the beach, and sitting down, they gathered the good into vessels, but cast away the bad. 49 So will it be at the end of the age. The angels will go forth, and will separate the wicked from the midst of the righteous, 50 and will cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be the weeping, and the gnashing of teeth.
51 "Did ye understand all these things?" They say to Him, "Yes;"
52 and He said to them, "Therefore, every scribe, having been made a disciple to the Kingdom of heaven, is like a householder, who brings forth out of his treasure things new and old." 53 And it came to pass, when Jesus finished these parables, He departed thence.
54 And, coming into His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, "Whence hath this Man this wisdom, and the mighty works? 55 Is not This the carpenter's Son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Judas? 56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Whence, then, hath this Man all these things?" 57 And they were finding in Him occasion to stumble. And Jesus said to them "a prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and in his own house." 58 And He did not perform many mighty works there because of their unbelief.