1 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 And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: Behold, a sower went out to sow.
4 And as he sowed, some 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 And when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they
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: this indeed a hundredfold, that
sixty, that thirty.
9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And the disciples came and said to Him, Why do You speak to them in parables?
11 He answered and said to them, Because it has been given to you to know the
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 at all understand, and seeing you will see and by no means perceive;
15 for the heart of this people has grown dull, their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, that they should not see with their eyes, nor hear with their ears, nor understand with their heart and convert, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear;
17 for truly I say to you that 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.
18 Therefore hear the parable of the sower:
19 When anyone hears the Word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the
wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is that which was
sown by the wayside.
20 That which was sown on stony places, this is he who hears the Word and immediately
receives it with joy;
21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when affliction or
persecution arises because of the Word, immediately he stumbles.
22 And that which was sown among the thorns is he who hears the Word, and the cares
of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word, and he becomes unfruitful.
23 But that which was sown on the good ground is he who hears the Word and
understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: this a hundredfold, that sixty, that
24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: The kingdom of Heaven is like a man
who sowed good seed in his field;
25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his
26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced fruit, then the tares also appeared.
27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, Sir, did you not sow good seed in
your field? How then does it have tares?
28 He said to them, An enemy has done this. The servants said to him, Do you want us
then to go and gather them up?
29 But he said, No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with
30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the
reapers, First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather
the wheat into my barn.
31 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: The kingdom of Heaven is like a grain
of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field,
32 which indeed is the smallest of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than
the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.
33 Another parable He spoke to them: The kingdom of Heaven is like leaven, which a
woman took and hid in three measures of meal till the whole was leavened.
34 All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He
did not speak to them,
35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: I will open My
mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.
36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came
to Him, saying, Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.
37 He answered and said to them: He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.
38 The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are
the sons of the wicked one.
39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the
reapers are the angels.
40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of
41 The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom
all the stumbling blocks, and those who practice lawlessness,
42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
44 Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found
and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells everything he has and buys that field.
45 Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls,
46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold everything he had
and bought it.
47 Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and
gathered some of every kind,
48 which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good
into vessels, but threw the rotten away.
49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go forth, separate the wicked from
among the righteous,
50 and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51 Jesus said to them, Have you understood all these things? They said to Him, Yes,
52 Then He said to them, Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of
Heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure new and old things.
53 Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, that He departed from
54 And when He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so
that they were astonished and said, Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty
55 Is this not the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers
Jacob, Joses, Simon, and Judas?
56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these
57 So they were offended in Him. But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor
except in his own country and in his own house.
58 And He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.