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Matthew 13 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Parable of the Sower
Parables About the Kingdom of Heaven
(Mark 4:1–9; Luke 8:4–8 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:1 - On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:2 - And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:3 - Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:4 - “And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:5 - “Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:6 - “But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:7 - “And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:8 - “But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:9 - “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
The Purpose of Parables
(Mark 4:10–12; Luke 8:9, 10 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:10 - And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:11 - He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:12 - “For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:13 - “Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:14 - “And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:

‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:15 - For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears
are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have
Lest they should see with
their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with
their hearts and turn,
So that I
should[fn] heal them.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:16 - “But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear;
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:17 - “for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
The Parable of the Sower Explained
(Mark 4:13–20; Luke 8:11–15 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:18 - “Therefore hear the parable of the sower:
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:19 - “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:20 - “But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:21 - “yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:22 - “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:23 - “But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:24 - Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:25 - “but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:26 - “But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:27 - “So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:28 - “He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:29 - “But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:30 - ‘Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
(Mark 4:30–32; Luke 13:18, 19 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:31 - Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:32 - “which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”
The Parable of the Leaven
(Luke 13:20, 21 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:33 - Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures[fn] of meal till it was all leavened.”
Prophecy and the Parables
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:34 - All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:35 - that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

“I will open My mouth in parables;
I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.”
The Parable of the Tares Explained
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:36 - Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:37 - He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:38 - “The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:39 - “The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:40 - “Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:41 - “The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:42 - “and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:43 - “Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
The Parable of the Hidden Treasure
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:44 - “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:45 - “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:46 - “who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
The Parable of the Dragnet
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:47 - “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:48 - “which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:49 - “So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:50 - “and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:51 - Jesus said to them,[fn] “Have you understood all these things?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:52 - Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning[fn] the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
(Mark 6:1–6; Luke 4:16–30 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:53 - Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, that He departed from there.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:54 - When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:55 - “Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses,[fn] Simon, and Judas?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:56 - “And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:57 - So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:58 - Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
NKJV Footnotes
NU-Text and M-Text read would.
Isaiah 6:9, 10
Greek sata, approximately two pecks in all
Psalm 78:2
NU-Text omits Jesus said to them.
NU-Text omits Lord.
Or for
NU-Text reads Joseph.

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