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Matthew Chapter 13

1And on that day, Jesus went out from the house and sat by the sea, 2and large crowds gathered together around him, so he went on board a boat and sat down, while the whole crowd was standing on the shore. 3And he told them many things in parables, and he said, “A sower once went out to sow, 4and as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Other seed fell on stony ground, where it did not have much soil, and it quickly sprang up through not having depth of soil, 6but when the sun rose, it was scorched, and because it did not have a root, it withered. 7And other seed fell in the thorn bushes, and the thorn plants came up and smothered it. 8But other seed fell on good ground, and it yielded produce: some a hundredfold return, some a sixtyfold, and some a thirtyfold. 9He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” 10Then the disciples came to him and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11He answered and said to them, “To you it is granted to know the secrets of the kingdom of the heavens, but to them it is not granted. 12For whoever has something, to him will be given more, and it will be in abundance, but whoever does not have anything, even that which he has will be taken from him. 13This is why I speak to them in parables, because although seeing, they do not see, and although hearing, they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14And the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled in them, which says,

‘You will definitely hear

But certainly not understand,

And you will definitely see

But certainly not perceive,

15For the heart of this people has become obtuse,

And with their ears they hear with difficulty,

And they have shut their eyes,

Lest they should see with their eyes,

And hear with their ears,

And understand with their heart,

And repent,

And I would heal them.’

16But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear. 17For truly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, but they did not see, and to hear what you hear, but they did not hear. 18So hear the meaning of the parable of the sower. 19When anyone hears the word of the kingdom but does not understand, the evil one comes and seizes what was sown in his heart. This is he who was sown by the wayside. 20But he who was sown on the stony ground is he who, hearing the word immediately receives it with joy, 21but he does not have root in himself, but is for a season, and when tribulation or persecution comes on account of the word, he quickly stumbles. 22And as for him who was sown in the thorn bushes, this is he who hears the word, but for whom the care of this age and the deceit of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23But he who was sown on the good ground is the one who hears the word and understands itone who indeed bears fruit – and one produces a hundredfold, while another sixtyfold, and another thirtyfold.” 24He put another parable to them and said, “The kingdom of the heavens is comparable to a man who sows good seed in his field. 25But while the men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went away again, 26and when the grains sprouted and produced fruit, then the tares appeared as well. 27Then when the servants of the master of the house went to him, they said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? From where then is it infested with tares?’ 28So he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ Then the servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go out, and we will gather them up?’ 29But he said, ‘No, don't, in case when gathering the tares you uproot the wheat together with them. 30Leave both to grow up together until the harvest, and at the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, «Gather first the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up, but gather the wheat into my storehouse.» ’ ” 31He put another parable to them and said, “The kingdom of the heavens is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, 32which is the smallest of all seeds, but when it grows, it is bigger than other vegetables, and it becomes a tree, so that the birds of the sky come and settle on its branches.” 33He told them another parable: “The kingdom of the heavens is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three sack measures of flour, until it was all leavened.” 34Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the crowds, and he didn't speak to them without a parable, 35in order that that which was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled, when he said,

“I will open my mouth in parables;

I will utter things hidden

Since the overthrow of the world.”

36Then Jesus left the crowds and went to the house. And his disciples came to him and said, “Explain the parable of the tares in the field to us.” 37So he answered and said to them, “The sower of the good seed is the son of man. 38The field is the world; the good seed is what represents the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the evil one. 39The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the consummation of the age; the harvesters are the angels. 40So just as the tares are gathered and burned in a fire, so it will be at the consummation of this age. 41The son of man will send his angels, and they will gather up out of his kingdom all causes of offence, and those who commit iniquity, 42and they will throw them into the fiery furnace. There, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear. 44Again, the kingdom of the heavens is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid, and for the joy of it went away and sold everything he had and bought that field. 45Again, the kingdom of the heavens is like a merchant seeking good quality pearls, 46who, finding one very expensive pearl, went away and sold everything he had and bought it. 47Again, the kingdom of the heavens is like a dragnet which was cast in the sea and caught all sorts of species, 48which, when it was full, they brought to land on the shore and sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but they threw the rotten fish out. 49So will it be in the consummation of the age. The angels will go out and separate the evil ones from the midst of the righteous, 50and they will throw them into the fiery furnace. There, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 51Jesus said to them, “Did you understand all these things?” And they said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 52But he said to them, “On account of this, every scribe who has been schooled in the kingdom of the heavens is like a master of a house who brings out of his storehouse new things and old.” 53And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, that he moved on from there, 54and he came to his native district, and he taught them in their synagogue, in consequence of which they were amazed and said, “Where does this man get this wisdom and these powers from? 55Isn't he the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother called Mary, and his brothers, James and Joses, Simon and Judas? 56And are not his sisters all in our company? Where then does this man get all these things from?” 57And they were offended at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honour except in his native district and in his house”, 58and he did not perform many miracles there, because of their unbelief.

Reference(s) in Chapter 13: v.14 ↔ Isaiah 6:9 ● v.15 ↔ Isaiah 6:10 ● v.35 ↔ Psalm 78:2.

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