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Matthew 13 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Jesus Teaches in Parables

(Mar 4:1–9; Luk 8:4–8 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:1 - That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:2 - And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat there; and the whole crowd stood on the beach.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:3 - And he told them many things in parables, saying: "A sower went out to sow.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:4 - And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:5 - Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they had not much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:6 - but when the sun rose they were scorched; and since they had no root they withered away.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:7 - Other seeds fell upon thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:8 - Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:9 - He who has ears, let him hear."

An Explanation

(Mar 4:10–12; Luk 8:9, 10 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:10 - Then the disciples came and said to him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?"
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:11 - And he answered them, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:12 - For to him who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:13 - This is why 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 - With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah which says: 'You shall indeed hear but never understand, and you shall indeed see but never perceive.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:15 - For this people's heart has grown dull, and their ears are heavy of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should perceive with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn for me to heal them.'
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:16 - But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:17 - Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

The Sower Explained

(Mar 4:13–20; Luk 8:11–15 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:18 - "Hear then the parable of the sower.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:19 - When any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart; this is what was sown along the path.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:20 - As for what was sown on rocky ground, 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 for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:22 - As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the delight in riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:23 - As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty."

Tares among Wheat

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:24 - Another parable he put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field;
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:25 - but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:26 - So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:27 - And the servants of the householder came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it weeds?'
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:28 - He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Then do you want us to go and gather them?'
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:29 - But he said, 'No; lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:30 - Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'"

The Mustard Seed

(Mar 4:30–32; Luk 13:18, 19 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:31 - Another parable he put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field;
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:32 - it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches."

The Leaven

(Luk 13:20, 21 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:33 - He told them another parable. "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened."
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:34 - All this Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed he said nothing to them without a parable.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:35 - This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world."

The Tares Explained

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:36 - Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field."
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:37 - He answered, "He who sows the good seed is the Son of man;
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:38 - the field is the world, and the good seed means the sons of the kingdom; the weeds are the sons of the evil one,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:39 - and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:40 - Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:41 - The Son of man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:42 - and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:43 - Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

Hidden Treasure

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:44 - "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

A Costly Pearl

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:45 - "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:46 - who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

A Dragnet

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:47 - "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind;
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:48 - when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:49 - So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:50 - and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:51 - "Have you understood all this?" They said to him, "Yes."
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:52 - And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old."

Jesus Revisits Nazareth

(Mar 6:1–6; Luk 4:16–30 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:53 - And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:54 - and coming 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 not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:56 - And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?"
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:57 - And they took offense 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 - And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.

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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

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