New American Standard Bible
Parable of the Sower
4 (A)Now when a large crowd was coming together, and those from the various cities were journeying to Him, He spoke by way of a parable: 5 “The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the sky ate it up. 6 Other seed fell on rocky soil, and when it came up, it withered away because it had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns grew up with it and choked it out. 8 And yet other seed fell into the good soil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as much.” As He said these things, He would call out, “(B)The one who has ears to hear, [a]let him hear.”
9 (C)Now His disciples began asking Him what this parable [b]meant. 10 And He said, “(D)To you it has been granted to know the [c]mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest they are told in parables, so that [d](E)while seeing they may not see, and [e]while hearing they may not understand.
11 “Now this is the parable: (F)the seed is the word of God. 12 And those beside the road are the ones who have heard, then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky soil are the ones who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and yet these do not have a firm root; [f]they believe for a while, and in a time of temptation they [g]fall away. 14 And the seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked by worries, riches, and pleasures of this life, and they bring no fruit to maturity. 15 But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word [h]with a good and virtuous heart, and hold it firmly, and produce fruit with [i]perseverance.Read full chapter