- And again he began to teach by the sea side.
And there is gathered unto him a very great multitude, so that he entered into a boat, and sat in the sea;
and all the multitude were by the sea on the land.
- And he taught them many things in parables, and said unto them in his teaching,
- Hearken: Behold, the sower went forth to sow:
- and it came to pass, as he sowed, some [seed] fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured it.
- And other fell on the rocky [ground], where it had not much earth;
and straightway it sprang up, because it had no deepness of earth:
- and when the sun was risen, it was scorched;
and because it had no root, it withered away.
- And other fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
- And others fell into the good ground, and yielded fruit, growing up and increasing;
and brought forth, thirtyfold, and sixtyfold, and a hundredfold.
- And he said, Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
- And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parables.
- And he said unto them, Unto you is given the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all things are done in parables:
- that seeing they may see, and not perceive;
and hearing they may hear, and not understand;
lest haply they should turn again, and it should be forgiven them.
- And he saith unto them, Know ye not this parable?
and how shall ye know all the parables?
- The sower soweth the word.
- And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown;
and when they have heard, straightway cometh Satan, and taketh away the word which hath been sown in them.
- And these in like manner are they that are sown upon the rocky [places], who, when they have heard the word, straightway receive it with joy;
- and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while;
then, when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, straightway they stumble.
- And others are they that are sown among the thorns;
these are they that have heard the word,
- and the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
- And those are they that were sown upon the good ground;
such as hear the word, and accept it, and bear fruit, thirtyfold, and sixtyfold, and a hundredfold.
- And he said unto them, Is the lamp brought to be put under the bushel, or under the bed, [and] not to be put on the stand?
- For there is nothing hid, save that it should be manifested;
neither was [anything] made secret, but that it should come to light.
- If any man hath ears to hear, let him hear.
- And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete it shall be measured unto you;
and more shall be given unto you.
- For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he hath.
- And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed upon the earth;
- and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he knoweth not how.
- The earth beareth fruit of herself;
first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
- But when the fruit is ripe, straightway he putteth forth the sickle, because the harvest is come.
- And he said, How shall we liken the kingdom of God?
or in what parable shall we set it forth?
- It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown upon the earth, though it be less than all the seeds that are upon the earth,
- yet when it is sown, groweth up, and becometh greater than all the herbs, and putteth out great branches;
so that the birds of the heaven can lodge under the shadow thereof.
- And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it;
- and without a parable spake he not unto them: but privately to his own disciples he expounded all things.
- And on that day, when even was come, he saith unto them, Let us go over unto the other side.
- And leaving the multitude, they take him with them, even as he was, in the boat.
And other boats were with him.
- And there ariseth a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the boat, insomuch that the boat was now filling.
- And he himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion: and they awake him, and say unto him, Teacher, carest thou not that we perish?
- And he awoke, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still.
And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
- And he said unto them, Why are ye fearful?
have ye not yet faith?
- And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?