The Gospel According to Matthew Chapter 13:1-58
Matthew 13:1 On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.
Matthew 13:2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore.
Matthew 13:3 And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying: "A sower went out to sow.
Matthew 13:4 And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up.
Matthew 13:5 Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,
Matthew 13:6 and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots.
Matthew 13:7 Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.
Matthew 13:8 But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
Matthew 13:9 Whoever has ears ought to hear."
Matthew 13:10 The disciples approached him and said, "Why do you speak to them in parables?"
Matthew 13:11 He said to them in reply, "Because knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted.
Matthew 13:12 To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
Matthew 13:13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because 'they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.'
Matthew 13:14 Isaiah's prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says: 'You shall indeed hear but not understand you shall indeed look but never see.
Matthew 13:15 Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and be converted, and I heal them.'
Matthew 13:16 "But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.
Matthew 13:17 Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
Matthew 13:18 "Hear then the parable of the sower.
Matthew 13:19 The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it, and the evil one comes and steals away what was sown in his heart.
Matthew 13:20 The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy.
Matthew 13:21 But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away.
Matthew 13:22 The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit.
Matthew 13:23 But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold."
Matthew 13:24 He proposed another parable to them. "The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
Matthew 13:25 While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
Matthew 13:26 When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.
Matthew 13:27 The slaves of the householder came to him and said, 'Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?'
Matthew 13:28 He answered, 'An enemy has done this.' His slaves said to him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'
Matthew 13:29 He replied, 'No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Matthew 13:30 Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, "First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn."'"
Matthew 13:31 He proposed another parable to them. "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field.
Matthew 13:32 It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the 'birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.'"
Matthew 13:33 He spoke to them another parable. "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened."
Matthew 13:34 All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables. He spoke to them only in parables,
Matthew 13:35 to fulfill what had been said through the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation (of the world)."
Matthew 13:36 Then, dismissing the crowds, he went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field."
Matthew 13:37 He said in reply, "He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
Matthew 13:38 the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the children of the evil one,
Matthew 13:39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Matthew 13:40 Just as weeds are collected and burned (up) with fire, so will it be at the end of the age.
Matthew 13:41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
Matthew 13:42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Matthew 13:43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear.
Matthew 13:44 "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Matthew 13:45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls.
Matthew 13:46 When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.
Matthew 13:47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind.
Matthew 13:48 When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away.
Matthew 13:49 Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
Matthew 13:50 and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Matthew 13:51 "Do you understand all these things?" They answered, "Yes."
Matthew 13:52 And he replied, "Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old."
Matthew 13:53 When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.
Matthew 13:54 He came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue. They were astonished and said, "Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds?
Matthew 13:55 Is he not the carpenter's son? Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas?
Matthew 13:56 Are not his sisters all with us? Where did this man get all this?"
Matthew 13:57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and in his own house."
Matthew 13:58 And he did not work many mighty deeds there because of their lack of faith.