The Sower Explained

18 (A)Listen then to the parable of the sower. 19 When anyone hears (B)the [a]word of the kingdom and does not understand it, (C)the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one sown with seed beside the road. 20 The one sown with seed on the rocky places, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution occurs because of the [b]word, immediately he [c](D)falls away. 22 And the one sown with seed among the thorns, this is the one who hears the word, and the anxiety of (E)the [d]world and the (F)deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it [e]becomes unfruitful. 23 But the one sown with seed on the good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces, some (G)a hundred, some sixty, and some thirty times as much.”

Weeds among Wheat

24 Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, (H)The kingdom of heaven [f]is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed [g]weeds among the wheat, and left. 26 And when the [h]wheat sprouted and produced grain, then the weeds also became evident. 27 And the slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? [i]How then does it have weeds?’ 28 And he said to them, ‘[j]An enemy has done this!’ The slaves *said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he *said, ‘No; while you are gathering up the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and at the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the weeds and bind them in bundles to burn them; but (I)gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 13:19 I.e., message
  2. Matthew 13:21 I.e., message
  3. Matthew 13:21 I.e., from the faith
  4. Matthew 13:22 Or age
  5. Matthew 13:22 Or proves to be unfruitful
  6. Matthew 13:24 Lit has been compared to
  7. Matthew 13:25 Prob. darnel, a weed resembling wheat
  8. Matthew 13:26 Lit grass
  9. Matthew 13:27 Lit From where
  10. Matthew 13:28 Lit A hostile person