1 Now on the same day, Jesus went out of the house, and sat by the sea-side: 2 and many people were gathered together to bear Him, so that He went into a ship and sat down, and all the multitude stood upon the shore; and He spake to them many things in parables,
3 saying, "Behold a sower went out to sow; 4 and as he was sowing, some seeds fell by the way-side, and the birds came and ate them up: 5 some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth; and they soon sprung up indeed, because they had no depth of earth; 6 but when the sun rose, they were burnt up, and withered; because they had no root: 7 and others fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked them: 8 but others fell on good ground, and yielded fruit, some an hundred-fold, some sixty, and some thirty. 9 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."
10 And the disciples came to Him and said, Why dost thou speak to them in parables?
11 And He answered them, saying, Because it is granted unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not granted: 12 for whosoever really hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have abundantly; but whosoever thus hath not, even that which he hath, shall be taken away from him: 13 for this reason I speak to them in parables; because though they see, they will not see; and though they hear, they will not hear, nor understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith, Ye shall hear by the hearing of the ear, and not understand; and in seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: for the heart of this people is grown stupid, 15 and their ears are dull of hearing, and they have closed their eyes; least they should see at all with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear: 17 for indeed I tell you, that many prophets and righteous men have desired to see the things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear what ye hear, and have not heard them.
18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the gospel-kingdom, 19 and regardeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and snatcheth away that which was sown in his heart: this is he who received the seed as by the way-side. 20 And he who received the seed as upon stony grounds, is one that heareth the word and immediately receiveth it with joy: 21 yet hath he no root in himself, and therefore is but for a short season; and when affliction cometh, or persecution on account of the word, he is as soon disgusted. 22 And he that received the seed among the thorns, is one that likewise heareth the word; but the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches choketh the word, and so it becometh unfruitful. 23 But he who received the seed into good ground, is one that heareth and understandeth the word, who indeed beareth fruit, and yieldeth, like fertile lands, some an hundred-fold, some sixty, some thirty.
24 Another parable propounded He unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a man, who sowed good grain in his ground: 25 but while men were asleep, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away. 26 Now when the blade shot forth, and produced the corn, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants came to their master, and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? whence then are the tares?
28 And he said unto them, Some enemy hath done this. The servants therefore said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, No: least in plucking up the tares ye root up the corn along with them. 30 Let both grow together till harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, First gather the weeds together, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but carry the wheat into my barn.
31 Another parable delivered He unto them, saying, The gospel-kingdom is like a grain of mustard-seed, which a man took and sowed in his field. 32 Which is indeed one of the lest of all seeds: but when it is grown, is the greatest among herbs, and even becometh a tree; so that the birds of the air come and lodge in it's branches.
33 Another parable spake He unto them, saying, The gospel-kingdom is like leaven, which a woman took and put into a large quantity of dough, till the whole was leavened.
34 All these things spake Jesus in parables to the multitudes; and at this time He spake nothing to them without a parable: 35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables, I will publish things which have been concealed from the foundation of the world.
36 Then Jesus leaving the multitude went into the house; and his disciples came to Him, saying, Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field:
37 and He answered them, and said, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 the field is the world; the good seed are the children of my kingdom; and the tares are the children of the wicked one. 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered together, and burnt in the fire; so shall it be in the end of the world: 41 the Son of man will send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all that commit offences, and those who do iniquity, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire, 42 and there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 But the righteous shall then shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hid in a field, which a man having found conceals, and being rejoiced at it goes and sells all that he has, and purchases that field.
45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking precious pearls, 46 who, having found one of great value, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net, that was cast into the sea, and inclosed fishes of various sorts; 48 which, when it was full, they dragged to the shore, and sat down and gathered the good into vessels, and threw out the bad. 49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and separate the wicked from among the righteous; 50 and shall cast them into the fiery furnace, and there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
51 Then saith Jesus unto them, Did ye understand all these? they say unto Him, Yes, Lord: and He said unto them,
52 Therefore every teacher, who has been thus instructed in the knowledge of the kingdom of heaven, is like a master of a family, who brings forth out of his store things new and old. 53 And when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence:
54 and came into his own country, and taught them in their synagogues; so that they were amazed and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom and these powers? 55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 56 and his sisters, are they not all here among us? from whence then hath this man all these things? 57 So they were prejudiced against Him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is no where less honoured than in his own country, and in his own family. 58 And he did not many miracles there, because of their unbelief.