1 And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered to him a great multitude, so that he entered into a boat, and sat on the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.
2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said to them in his doctrine,
3 Hearken; Behold, a sower went out to sow:
4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it.
5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
6 But when the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
8 And other fell on good ground, and yielded fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
9 And he said to them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.
11 And he said to them, To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to them that are outside, all these things are done in parables:
12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
13 And he said to them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
14 The sower soweth the word.
15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
16 And these are they likewise who are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they fall away. offended: or, stumbled, or, caused to fall into sin
18 And these are they who are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. lusts: or, inordinate desires
20 And these are they who are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
21 And he said to them, Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket, or under a bed? and not to be set on a lampstand? bushel: the word in the original signifieth a less measure
22 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be revealed; neither hath any thing been kept secret, but that it should come to light.
23 If any man hath ears to hear, let him hear.
24 And he said to them, Take heed what ye hear: with the measure which ye measure, it shall be measured to you: and to you that hear shall more be given.
25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.
26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.
28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of itself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the ripe grain in the head.
29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come. brought…: or, ripe
30 And he said, To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?
31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that are in the earth:
32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under its shadow.
33 And with many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it.
34 But without a parable he spoke not to them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
35 And the same day, when the evening was come, he saith to them, Let us pass over to the other side.
36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the boat. And there were also with him other little boats.
37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was now full.
38 And he was in the stern of the boat, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say to him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
40 And he said to them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?