Matthew 131 And on that day Jesus went out of the house, and sat by the side of the sea. 2 And great multitudes assembled around him; so that he embarked and seated himself in a ship, and all the multitude stood on the shore of the sea. 3 An he discoursed with them much, by similitudes. And he said, Behold, a sower went forth to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell upon the side of a path: and a bird came and devoured it. 5 And other seed fell upon a rock, so that it had not much soil: and it sprung up forthwith, because there was no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up it wilted. And, because it lacked root, it dried up. 7 And other seed fell among thorns: and the thorns shot up, and choked it. 8 And other seed fell on good ground; and bore fruits, some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, and some thirtyfold. 9 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 10 And his disciples came and said to him, Why discoursest thou to them in similitudes? 11 And he answered, and said to them: Because, to you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 For to him that hath, shall be given; and he shall abound: but from him that hath not, even what he hath shall be taken from him. 13 For this cause I discourse to them in similitudes, because they see and do not see, and they hear and do not hear, nor understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, who said: By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and by seeing ye see, and shall not know: 15 For the heart of this people hath grown fat, and with their ears they have heard heavily, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and should hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should turn; and I should heal them. 16 But happy are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear. 17 For verily I say to you, That many prophets and righteous men longed to see what ye see, and did not see it; and to hear what ye hear, and did not hear it. 18 But hear ye the similitude of the seed. 19 Every one that heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, the evil one cometh and snatcheth away the seed sowed in his heart: this is what was sowed by the side of the path. 20 And that which was sowed on the rock, is he that heareth the word, and at once receiveth it with joy. 21 Yet hath he no root in him, but is of short duration, and when there is trouble or persecution on account of the word, he soon stumbleth. 22 And that which was sowed among thorns, is he that heareth the word; and care for this world and the deceptiveness of riches, choke the word; and he is without fruits. 23 But that which was sowed on good ground, is he that heareth my word, and understandeth. and beareth fruits, and yieldeth, some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, and some thirtyfold. 24 Another similitude he proposed to them, and said: The kingdom of heaven is like to a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 And while people were asleep, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away. 26 And when the plant shot up and bore fruits, then appeared also the tares. 27 And the servants of the householder came, and said to him, Our lord, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? From whence are the tares in it. 28 And he said to them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said to him, Is it thy pleasure that we go and gather them out? 29 And he said to them, No, lest, while ye gather out the tares, ye also eradicate the wheat with them. 30 Let them both grow together until the harvest; and at the time of harvest, I will say to the reapers, Gather out first the tares, and bind them in bundles to be burned; but the wheat gather ye into my granary. 31 Another similitude proposed he to them, and said: The kingdom of heaven is like to a kernel of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field. 32 And this is the least of all seeds; but when it is grown, it is greater than all the herbs, and becometh a tree, so that a bird of heaven may come and nestle in its branches. 33 Another similitude spake he to them, The kingdom of heaven is like the leaven, which a woman took and buried in three measures of meal, until the whole fermented. 34 All these things Jesus discoursed to the multitude in similitudes; and without similitudes he did not discourse with them. 35 That so might be fulfilled that which was spoken by the prophet, who said: I will open my mouth in similitudes; I will utter things concealed from before the foundation of the world. 36 Then Jesus sent away the multitudes, and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, and said: Explain to us the similitude of the tares and the field. 37 And he answered, and said to them: He that soweth the good seed, is the Son of God. 38 And the field is the world. And the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked One. 39 The enemy that sowed them, is Satan. The harvest is the end of the world : and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so will it be in the end of the world. 41 The Son of man will send forth his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all the stumbling blocks, and all the doers of evil; 42 and will cast them into a furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then will the righteous shine 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 a treasure that is hid in a field; which when a man findeth, he concealeth it, and, from his joy, he goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. 45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchantman, who sought after rich pearls: 46 and when he found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it. 47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a sweep net, which was cast into the sea, and collected fishes of every kind. 48 And when it was full, they drew it to the shores of the sea; and they sat down and culled over: and the good they put into vessels, and the bad they cast away. 49 So will it be in the end of the world. The angels will go forth, and will sever the wicked from among the just; 50 and will cast them into a furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 51 Jesus said to them: Have ye understood all these things? They say to him: Yes, our Lord. 52 He said to them: Therefore every Scribe who is instructed for the kingdom of heaven, is like a man who is master of a house, who bringeth forth from his treasures things new and old. 53 And it was so, that when Jesus had ended these similitudes, he departed thence. 54 And he entered into his own city. And he taught them in their synagogues, in such manner that they wondered, and said: Whence hath he this wisdom and these works of power? 55 Is not this man the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary, and his brothers James and Joses and Simon and Judas? 56 And all his sisters, are they not with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? 57 And they were stumbled at him. But Jesus said to them: There is no prophet who is little, except in his own city and in his own house. 58 And he did not perform there many works of power, because of their unbelief.
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