7 Other seeds fell among thorns,XXVII and the thorns grew up and chokedXXVIII them. 8 Other seeds fell on goodXXIX soil and brought forthXXX grain,XXXI someXXXII a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 Let anyone with ears listen!”XXXIII
10 Then the disciplesXXXIV came and asked him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?”
11 He answered, “To you it has been givenXXXV to knowXXXVI the secretsXXXVII of the kingdomXXXVIII of heaven,XXXIX but to them it has not been given.
12 For to those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance;XL but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.XLI 13 The reason I speak to them in parables is that ‘seeingXLII they do not perceive,XLIII and hearingXLIV they do not listen, nor do they understand.’XLV
16 But blessedLXI are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17 TrulyLXII I tell you, many prophetsLXIII and righteousLXIV people longedLXV to seeLXVI what you see,LXVII but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.
18 “Hear then the parable of the sower. 19 When anyone hears the wordLXVIII of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil oneLXIX comes and snatches awayLXX what is sown in theLXXI heart; this is what was sown on the path.
20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediatelyLXXII receives it with joy;LXXIII 21 yet such a person has no root,LXXIV but enduresLXXV only for a while,LXXVI
23 But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruitLXXXVII and yields,LXXXVIII in one caseLXXXIX a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
32 it is the smallestCXXIV, CXXV of all the seeds,CXXVI but when it has grownCXXVII it is the greatest of shrubsCXXVIII and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nestsCXXIX in its branches.”CXXX
33 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeastCXXXI that a womanCXXXII took and mixedCXXXIII in with three measuresCXXXIV of flourCXXXV until allCXXXVI of it was leavened.”CXXXVII
34 Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. 35 This was to fulfillCXXXVIII what had been spoken through the prophet:
“I will open my mouthCXXXIX to speak in parables;
I will proclaimCXL what has been hiddenCXLI from the foundationCXLII of the world.”CXLIII
36 Then he leftCXLIV the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “ExplainCXLV to us the parable of the weeds of the field.”
37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man;CXLVI 38 the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the childrenCXLVII of the evil one,
39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil;CXLVIII the harvest is the endCXLIX of the age,CL and the reapers are angels.CLI 40 Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire,CLII so will it be at the end of the age.
42 and they will throwCLVI them into the furnaceCLVII of fire, where there will be weepingCLVIII and gnashingCLIX of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shineCLX like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!
48 when it was full,CLXXIV they drewCLXXV it ashore,CLXXVI sat down,CLXXVII and putCLXXVIII the good into baskets but threw out the bad.CLXXIX 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separateCLXXX the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51 “Have you understood all this?”
They answered, “Yes.”
52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribeCLXXXI who has been trainedCLXXXII for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a householdCLXXXIII who bringsCLXXXIV out of his treasure what is newCLXXXV and what is old.”CLXXXVI 53 When Jesus had finishedCLXXXVII these parables, he left that place.
54 He came to his hometownCLXXXVIII and began to teachCLXXXIX the people in their synagogue,CXC so that they were astoundedCXCI and said, “Where did this man get this wisdomCXCII and these deeds of power?CXCIII
57 And they took offenseCCII at him. But Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honorCCIII except in their own countryCCIV and in their own house.” 58 And he did not do many deeds of power there, because of their unbelief.CCV
Image credit: “The Hidden Treasure” by Jesus MAFA in Cameroon, 1973.