15 Whoever has ears, let them hear.(A)

16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:

17 “‘We played the pipe for you,
    and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
    and you did not mourn.’

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35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”(A)

The Sign of Jonah(B)(C)

38 Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign(D) from you.”(E)

39 He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.(F) 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish,(G) so the Son of Man(H) will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.(I) 41 The men of Nineveh(J) will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah,(K) and now something greater than Jonah is here. 42 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came(L) from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now something greater than Solomon is here.

43 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.(M) That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers(N)

46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother(O) and brothers(P) stood outside, wanting to speak to him. 47 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”

48 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven(Q) is my brother and sister and mother.”

The Parable of the Sower(R)(S)(T)

13 That same day Jesus went out of the house(U) and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat(V) and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.

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