Matthew 131 That same day Jesus went out of the house, and sat by the sea. 2 And great multitudes gathered around him, so that he went into a boat, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3 And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured them: 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they did not have much earth: and at once they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil: 6 And when the sun came up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up, and choked them: 8 But other seeds fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9 He who has ears, let him hear. 10 And the disciples came, and said to him, Why do you speak to them in parables? 11 He answered them, It has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him shall more be given, and he shall have an abundance: but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away. 13 Therefore, I speak to them in parables: because seeing they see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, who says, You shall continue to hear, but not understand; and you shall continue to see, but not perceive: 15 For this people's heart has become dull, and their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17 For truly I say to you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them. 18 Hear then the parable of the sower. 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes, and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is the seed that was sown by the wayside. 20 The seed sown upon stony places is he who hears the word, and immediately receives it with joy; 21 Yet he has no root in himself, and endures only for a while: when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, he falls away. 22 The seed sown among the thorns is he who hears the word; and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But the seed sown on the good ground is he who hears the word, and understands it; he also bears fruit, and brings forth, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty. 24 He put forth another parable to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while everyone slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away. 26 But when the wheat had sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then the tares appeared also. 27 So the servants of the landowner came and said to him, Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? where then did the tares come from? 28 He said to them, An enemy has done this. The servants said to him, Do you wish for us to go and gather them up? 29 But he said, No; lest while you gather up the tares, you also pull up the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. 31 He put forth another parable to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: 32 It is the smallest of all seeds: but when it is fully grown, it is the largest of the garden plants, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches. 33 He spoke another parable to them; The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened. 34 All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and he spoke nothing to them without using a parable, 35 That what was spoken by the prophet might be fulfilled, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. 36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came to him, saying, Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field. 37 He answered them, He who sows the good seed is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the sons of the kingdom; but the tares are the sons of the wicked one; 39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 Therefore, as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be at the end of this age. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and those who do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. 44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid again, then for joy went and sold all that he had, and bought that field. 45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls. 46 When he found one pearl of great value, he 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 gathered fish of every kind: 48 Which, when it was full, they drew it to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. 49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and separate the wicked from among the just, 50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51 Jesus said to them, Have you understood all these things? They said to him, Yes. 52 Then he said to them, Therefore every scribe who is instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like a man who is an owner of a house, who brings forth out of his treasure things new and old. 53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed from there. 54 And when he had come to his home town, he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, Where did this man get this wisdom, and these miracles? 55 Is this not 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? Where then did this man get all these things? 57 And they were offended by him. But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honour, except in his home town, and in his own house. 58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.
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