When a great crowd gathered and people from town after town came
to him, he said in a parable:
5 A sower went
out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell on the path and
was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up.
6 Some fell on
the rock; and as it grew up, it withered for lack of moisture.
7 Some fell among
thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it.
8 Some fell into
good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold.’ As
he said this, he called out, ‘Let anyone with ears to hear
The Purpose of the Parables
9 Then his disciples
asked him what this parable meant.
10 He said, ‘To
you it has been given to know the secrets* of the kingdom of God;
but to others I speak* in parables, so that “looking they
may not perceive, and listening they may not understand.”
the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
12 The ones on
the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes
away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and
13 The ones on
the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with
joy. But these have no root; they believe only for a while and in
a time of testing fall away.
14 As for what
fell among the thorns, these are the ones who hear; but as they
go on their way, they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures
of life, and their fruit does not mature.
15 But as for
that in the good soil, these are the ones who, when they hear the
word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with