On that day Jesus going out of the house
sat beside the sea;
the crowd gathering by him was so large
that embarking he sat in a boat on the sea,
and all the people stood on the beach.
He taught them many things in parables,
and he said to them in his teaching, "Listen.
The sower went out to sow his seed.
In his sowing some fell along the way
and were trampled under,
and the birds of heaven came and ate them up.
"Others fell on rocky ground
where they did not have much earth,
and immediately they sprang up
because of not having depth of earth;
when the sun rose, they were scorched;
and because of not having roots they dried up.
"Others fell in the middle of the thorns,
and the thorns came up and choked them;
and they gave no fruit.
"Others fell into the good earth and gave fruit;
coming up and growing
they produced thirty, sixty, and a hundred.
Let the one who has ears to hear hear."
When he was alone,
the ones around him with the twelve
asked him about the parable.
"He said, "To you it has been given
to know the mysteries of the sovereignty of God,
but to those outside all things are in parables,
because looking they do not see
and listening they do not hear nor understand.
Fulfilled in them is the prophetic saying of Isaiah:
In listening you will hear and not understand,
and watching you will look and not see.
For fattened is the heart of this people,
and they hardly heard with their ears,
and they closed their eyes;
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with the heart and turn around,
and I would cure them.
"But blessed are your eyes because they see,
and your ears because they hear.
For amen, I tell you that many prophets and just people
wished to see what you see and did not see it,
and to hear what you hear and did not hear it.
Therefore you shall hear the parable of the sower.
"The sower sows the word of God.
The ones along the way,
when they hear the word and do not understand,
the devil comes and snatches away
what was sown in their hearts,
lest believing they may be saved.
"What was sown on the rocky ground,
when they hear the word,
they immediately accept it with joy;
yet they have no root in themselves but are temporary;
when oppression or persecution occurs because of the word
they immediately are offended.
"What was sown into the thorns,
these are the ones hearing the word,
and worries of the age and the deception of wealth
and desires for the pleasures of life
come in and choke the word,
and it becomes unfruitful and does not mature.
"What was sown on the beautiful earth,
these are the ones hearing the word
in a beautiful and good heart,
and understanding they hold on to it
and bear fruit with patience,
some thirty, others sixty, and others a hundred.
"No one having lit a lamp hides it with furniture
or puts it under a couch,
but one puts it on a lampstand,
so that those coming in may see the light.
"Know what is in front of you,
and what is hidden from you will be revealed to you.
For there is nothing hidden that will not become manifest,
nor concealed that will not be known
and come out into the open.
"Therefore watch how you listen and look at what you hear,
for whoever has,
it will be given to one, and one will have abundance;
but whoever has not,
even what one seems to have will be taken from one."