13 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow.4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.6 But when the sun was 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 others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: somea hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
The Purpose of Parables
10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
11 He answered and said to them, “Becauseit has been given to you to know the[a]mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:
‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and notperceive; 15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their earsare hard of hearing, And their eyes they haveclosed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I[b]shouldheal them.’
16 Butblessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear;17 for assuredly, I say to youthat many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
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