And as he sowed, some seeds fell by the roadside, and the birds came and ate them up.
A sower went out to sow seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the traveled path and was trodden underfoot, and the birds of the air ate it up.
As for what was sown on thin (rocky) soil, this is he who hears the Word and at once welcomes and accepts it with joy;
He answered, He Who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.
Now the meaning of the parable is this: The seed is the Word of God.
Listen then to the [meaning of the] parable of the sower:
2 Corinthians 9:10
And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [ which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity].
And some [seed] fell on the rock, and as soon as it sprouted, it withered away because it had no moisture.
Then Isaac sowed seed in that land and received in the same year a hundred times as much as he had planted, and the Lord favored him with blessings.
Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them out.
They who sow in tears shall reap in joy and singing.
But while he was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed also darnel (weeds resembling wheat) among the wheat, and went on his way.
Light is sown for the [uncompromisingly] righteous and strewn along their pathway, and joy for the upright in heart [the irrepressible joy which comes from consciousness of His favor and protection].
The ones along the path are those who have the Word sown [in their hearts], but when they hear, Satan comes at once and [by force] takes away the message which is sown in them.
And the harvest of righteousness (of conformity to God's will in thought and deed) is [the fruit of the seed] sown in peace by those who work for and make peace [in themselves and in others, that peace which means concord, agreement, and harmony between individuals, with undisturbedness, in a peaceful mind free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts].
Other seeds fell on good soil, and yielded grain -- "some a hundred times as much as was sown, some sixty times as much, and some thirty.
For there shall the seed produce peace and prosperity; the vine shall yield her fruit and the ground shall give its increase and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to inherit and possess all these things.
You shall not plant your vineyard with two kinds of seed, lest the whole crop be forfeited [under this ban], the seed which you have sown and the yield of the vineyard forfeited to the sanctuary.
And He told them many things in parables (stories by way of illustration and comparison), saying, A sower went out to sow.
Another story by way of comparison He set forth before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field.
The field is the world, and the good seed means the children of the kingdom; the darnel is the children of the evil one,
In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening withhold not your hands, for you know not which shall prosper, whether this or that, or whether both alike will be good.
Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they had not much soil; and at once they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil.
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all seeds upon the earth;
And He said, The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed upon the ground,
He who goes forth bearing seed and weeping [at needing his precious supply of grain for sowing] shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
1 Corinthians 3:6
I planted, Apollos watered, but God [all the while] was making it grow and [He] gave the increase.
Sow for yourselves according to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God); reap according to mercy and loving-kindness. Break up your uncultivated ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, to inquire for and of Him, and to require His favor, till He comes and teaches you righteousness and rains His righteous gift of salvation upon you.
And then continues sleeping and rising night and day while the seed sprouts and grows and increases -- "he knows not how.
1 Corinthians 9:11
If we have sown [the seed of] spiritual good among you, [is it too] much if we reap from your material benefits?
And God said, See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the land and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.
And other seed [of the same kind] fell into good (well-adapted) soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing, and yielded up to thirty times as much, and sixty times as much, and even a hundred times as much as had been sown.
Does he who plows for sowing plow continually? Does he continue to plow and harrow the ground after it is smooth?
And the enemy who sowed it is the devil. The harvest is the close and consummation of the age, and the reapers are angels.
Then Joseph said to the people, Behold, I have today bought you and your land for Pharaoh. Now here is seed for you, and you shall sow the land.
If a part of their carcass falls on seed which is to be sown, it shall be clean;
For in this the saying holds true, One sows and another reaps.
And as he was sowing, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
Another parable He set forth before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.
And the ones sown among the thorns are others who hear the Word;
Give attention to this! Behold, a sower went out to sow.
And the servants of the owner came to him and said, Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Then how does it have darnel shoots in it?
He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
Six years you shall sow your land and reap its yield.
And you shall sow in the eighth year, but eat of the old store of produce; until the crops of the ninth year come in you shall eat of the old supply.