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1Again he began to teach them by the lakeside, but such a huge crowd gathered round him that he gotinto a boat on the water and sat there. The whole crowd were at the lakeside on land. 2He taught them many things in parables, and in the course of his teaching he said to them, 3'Listen! Imagine a sower going out to sow. 4Now it happened that, as he sowed, some of the seed fell on the edge of the path, and the birds cameand ate it up. 5Some seed fell on rocky ground where it found little soil and at once sprang up, because there was nodepth of earth; 6and when the sun came up it was scorched and, not having any roots, it withered away. 7Some seed fell into thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it produced no crop. 8And some seeds fell into rich soil, grew tal and strong, and produced a good crop; the yield was thirty,sixty, even a hundredfold.' 9And he said, 'Anyone who has ears for listening should listen!' 10When he was alone, the Twelve, together with the others who formed his company, asked what theparables meant. 11He told them, 'To you is granted the secret of the kingdom of God, but to those who are outsideeverything comes in parables, 12so that they may look and look, but never perceive; listen and listen, but never understand; to avoidchanging their ways and being healed.' 13He said to them, 'Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand any of theparables? 14What the sower is sowing is the word. 15Those on the edge of the path where the word is sown are people who have no sooner heard it thanSatan at once comes and carries away the word that was sown in them. 16Similarly, those who are sown on patches of rock are people who, when first they hear the word,welcome it at once with joy. 17But they have no root deep down and do not last; should some trial come, or some persecution onaccount of the word, at once they fal away. 18Then there are others who are sown in thorns. These have heard the word, 19but the worries of the world, the lure of riches and al the other passions come in to choke the word,and so it produces nothing. 20And there are those who have been sown in rich soil; they hear the word and accept it and yield aharvest, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.' 21He also said to them, 'Is a lamp brought in to be put under a tub or under the bed? Surely to be put onthe lamp-stand? 22For there is nothing hidden, but it must be disclosed, nothing kept secret except to be brought to light. 23Anyone who has ears for listening should listen!' 24He also said to them, 'Take notice of what you are hearing. The standard you use wil be used for you-- and you wil receive more besides; 25anyone who has, will be given more; anyone who has not, wil be deprived even of what he has.' 26He also said, 'This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the land. 27Night and day, while he sleeps, when he is awake, the seed is sprouting and growing; how, he doesnot know. 28Of its own accord the land produces first the shoot, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29And when the crop is ready, at once he starts to reap because the harvest has come.' 30He also said, 'What can we say that the kingdom is like? What parable can we find for it? 31It is like a mustard seed which, at the time of its sowing, is the smal est of al the seeds on earth. 32Yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of them al and puts out big branches so that thebirds of the air can shelter in its shade.' 33Using many parables like these, he spoke the word to them, so far as they were capable ofunderstanding it. 34He would not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything to his disciples when theywere by themselves. 35With the coming of evening that same day, he said to them, 'Let us cross over to the other side.' 36And leaving the crowd behind they took him, just as he was, in the boat; and there were other boatswith him. 37Then it began to blow a great gale and the waves were breaking into the boat so that it was almostswamped. 38But he was in the stern, his head on the cushion, asleep. 39They woke him and said to him, 'Master, do you not care? We are lost!' And he woke up and rebukedthe wind and said to the sea, 'Quiet now! Be calm!' And the wind dropped, and there followed a great calm. 40Then he said to them, 'Why are you so frightened? Have you stil no faith?' 41They were overcome with awe and said to one another, 'Who can this be? Even the wind and the seaobey him.'
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