Matthew 13:1-15

The Parable of the Sower

1That same day Jesus went out of the house a  and sat beside the sea. 2And great crowds gathered about him b  so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3And c  he told them many things in parables, saying: d  “A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6but e  when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root f  they withered away. 7Other seeds fell among g  thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some h  a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 i  He who has ears
Some manuscripts add here and in verse 43 to hear
let him hear.”

The Purpose of the Parables

10Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11And he answered them, k  To you it has been given to know l  the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 m  For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not n  even what he has will be taken away. 13This is why I speak to them in parables, because o  seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, p  nor do they understand. 14Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:

q  “‘“You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
15For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and with their ears r  they can barely hear,
and s  their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and t  understand with their heart
and u  turn, and I would heal them.’
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