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Matthew 13 :: Young's Literal Translation (YLT)

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Jesus Teaches in Parables

(Mar 4:1–9; Luk 8:4–8 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:1 - And in that day Jesus, having gone forth from the house, was sitting by the sea,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:2 - and gathered together unto him were many multitudes, so that he having gone into the boat did sit down, and all the multitude on the beach did stand,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:3 - and he spake to them many things in similes, saying: 'Lo, the sower went forth to sow,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:4 - and in his sowing, some indeed fell by the way, and the fowls did come and devour them,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:5 - and others fell upon the rocky places, where they had not much earth, and immediately they sprang forth, through not having depth of earth,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:6 - and the sun having risen they were scorched, and through not having root, they withered,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:7 - and others fell upon the thorns, and the thorns did come up and choke them,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:8 - and others fell upon the good ground, and were giving fruit, some indeed a hundredfold, and some sixty, and some thirty.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:9 - He who is having ears to hear -- let him hear.'

An Explanation

(Mar 4:10–12; Luk 8:9, 10 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:10 - And the disciples having come near, said to him, 'Wherefore in similes dost thou speak to them?'
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:11 - And he answering said to them that -- 'To you it hath been given to know the secrets of the reign of the heavens, and to these it hath not been given,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:12 - for whoever hath, it shall be given to him, and he shall have overabundance, and whoever hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken from him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:13 - 'Because of this, in similes do I speak to them, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor understand,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:14 - and fulfilled on them is the prophecy of Isaiah, that saith, With hearing ye shall hear, and ye shall not understand, and seeing ye shall see, and ye shall not perceive,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:15 - for made gross was the heart of this people, and with the ears they heard heavily, and their eyes they did close, lest they might see with the eyes, and with the ears might hear, and with the heart understand, and turn back, and I might heal them.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:16 - 'And happy are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:17 - for verily I say to you, that many prophets and righteous men did desire to see that which ye look on, and they did not see, and to hear that which ye hear, and they did not hear.

The Sower Explained

(Mar 4:13–20; Luk 8:11–15 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:18 - 'Ye, therefore, hear ye the simile of the sower:
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:19 - Every one hearing the word of the reign, and not understanding -- the evil one doth come, and doth catch that which hath been sown in his heart; this is that sown by the way.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:20 - 'And that sown on the rocky places, this is he who is hearing the word, and immediately with joy is receiving it,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:21 - and he hath not root in himself, but is temporary, and persecution or tribulation having happened because of the word, immediately he is stumbled.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:22 - 'And that sown toward the thorns, this is he who is hearing the word, and the anxiety of this age, and the deceitfulness of the riches, do choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:23 - 'And that sown on the good ground: this is he who is hearing the word, and is understanding, who indeed doth bear fruit, and doth make, some indeed a hundredfold, and some sixty, and some thirty.'

Tares among Wheat

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:24 - Another simile he set before them, saying: 'The reign of the heavens was likened to a man sowing good seed in his field,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:25 - and, while men are sleeping, his enemy came and sowed darnel in the midst of the wheat, and went away,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:26 - and when the herb sprang up, and yielded fruit, then appeared also the darnel.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:27 - 'And the servants of the householder, having come near, said to him, Sir, good seed didst thou not sow in thy field? whence then hath it the darnel?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:28 - And he saith to them, A man, an enemy, did this; and the servants said to him, Wilt thou, then, that having gone away we may gather it up?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:29 - 'And he said, No, lest -- gathering up the darnel -- ye root up with it the wheat,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:30 - suffer both to grow together till the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather up first the darnel, and bind it in bundles, to burn it, and the wheat gather up into my storehouse.'

The Mustard Seed

(Mar 4:30–32; Luk 13:18, 19 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:31 - Another simile he set before them, saying: 'The reign of the heavens is like to a grain of mustard, which a man having taken, did sow in his field,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:32 - which less, indeed, is than all the seeds, but when it may be grown, is greatest of the herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the heaven do come and rest in its branches.'

The Leaven

(Luk 13:20, 21 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:33 - Another simile spake he to them: 'The reign of the heavens is like to leaven, which a woman having taken, hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.'
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:34 - All these things spake Jesus in similes to the multitudes, and without a simile he was not speaking to them,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:35 - that it might be fulfilled that was spoken through the prophet, saying, 'I will open in similes my mouth, I will utter things having been hidden from the foundation of the world.'

The Tares Explained

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:36 - Then having let away the multitudes, Jesus came to the house, and his disciples came near to him, saying, 'Explain to us the simile of the darnel of the field.'
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:37 - And he answering said to them, 'He who is sowing the good seed is the Son of Man,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:38 - and the field is the world, and the good seed, these are the sons of the reign, and the darnel are the sons of the evil one,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:39 - and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is a full end of the age, and the reapers are messengers.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:40 - 'As, then, the darnel is gathered up, and is burned with fire, so shall it be in the full end of this age,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:41 - the Son of Man shall send forth his messengers, and they shall gather up out of his kingdom all the stumbling-blocks, and those doing the unlawlessness,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:42 - and shall cast them to the furnace of the fire; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:43 - 'Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the reign of their Father. He who is having ears to hear -- let him hear.

Hidden Treasure

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:44 - 'Again, the reign of the heavens is like to treasure hid in the field, which a man having found did hide, and from his joy goeth, and all, as much as he hath, he selleth, and buyeth that field.

A Costly Pearl

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:45 - 'Again, the reign of the heavens is like to a man, a merchant, seeking goodly pearls,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:46 - who having found one pearl of great price, having gone away, hath sold all, as much as he had, and bought it.

A Dragnet

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:47 - 'Again, the reign of the heavens is like to a net that was cast into the sea, and did gather together of every kind,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:48 - which, when it was filled, having drawn up again upon the beach, and having sat down, they gathered the good into vessels, and the bad they did cast out,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:49 - so shall it be in the full end of the age, the messengers shall come forth and separate the evil out of the midst of the righteous,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:50 - and shall cast them to the furnace of the fire, there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth.'
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:51 - Jesus saith to them, 'Did ye understand all these?' They say to him, 'Yes, sir.'
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:52 - And he said to them, 'Because of this every scribe having been discipled in regard to the reign of the heavens, is like to a man, a householder, who doth bring forth out of his treasure things new and old.'

Jesus Revisits Nazareth

(Mar 6:1–6; Luk 4:16–30 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:53 - And it came to pass, when Jesus finished these similes, he removed thence,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:54 - and having come to his own country, he was teaching them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and were saying, 'Whence to this one this wisdom and the mighty works?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:55 - is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary, and his brethren James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:56 - and his sisters -- are they not all with us? whence, then, to this one all these?'
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:57 - and they were stumbled at him. And 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 there many mighty works, because of their unbelief.

The Young's Literal Translation was translated by Robert Young, who believed in a strictly literal translation of God's word. This version of the Bible is in the public domain.


Pericope taken from the NASB95 and has been graciously provided by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved.

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