THE LORD TOLD THIS PARABLE, “A sower went out to sow his seed, and as he sowed, some seed fell along the path and was trampled on, and the birds of the sky devoured it. Some seed fell on the rock, and as it sprang up, it withered away for lack of moisture. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. Some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew, it produced fruit a hundredfold.”
Then His disciples asked Jesus what this parable meant. He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God, but to others it is given in parables, so that ‘looking they may not perceive, and listening they may not understand’ (Isaiah 6:9).
“Now this is what the parable means: The seed is the Word of God. The ones that fell along the path are those who have heard, then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. The ones that fell on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root, they believe only for a while and in a time of temptation fall away. As for what fell among the thorns, these are the ones who hear, but as they go on their way, they are choked by the cares and wealth and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. But as for what fell on the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word with an honest and good heart, they retain it and bear fruit with patient endurance.” As He said this, He exclaimed, “Anyone with ears to hear, let them hear!”
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