The Parable of the Sower Explained

18 “You, then, listen to the parable of the sower:(A) 19 When anyone hears the word[a] about the kingdom and doesn’t understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the one sown along the path.(B) 20 And the one sown on rocky ground—this is one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy.(C) 21 Yet he has no root in himself, but is short-lived. When pressure or persecution(D) comes because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 Now the one sown among the thorns—this is one who hears the word, but the worries of this age(E) and the seduction[b] of wealth(F) choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 23 But the one sown on the good ground—this is one who hears and understands the word, who does bear fruit and yields: some 100, some 60, some 30 times what was sown.”

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 13:19 Gk logos = word, or message, or saying, or thing
  2. Matthew 13:22 Or pleasure, or deceitfulness

18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom(A) and does not understand it, the evil one(B) comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.(C) 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth(D) choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”(E)

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Why Jesus Used Parables

Then His disciples asked Him, “What does this parable mean?”(A) 10 So He said, “The secrets of the kingdom of God have been given for you(B) to know, but to the rest it is in parables, so that

Looking they may not see,
and hearing they may not understand.(C)[a]

The Parable of the Sower Explained

11 “This is the meaning of the parable:[b](D) The seed is the word of God.(E) 12 The seed along the path are those who have heard and then the Devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the seed on the rock are those who, when they hear, welcome the word with joy. Having no root, these believe for a while and depart in a time of testing.(F) 14 As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who, when they have heard, go on their way and are choked with worries, riches, and pleasures of life,(G) and produce no mature fruit. 15 But the seed in the good ground—these are the ones who,[c] having heard the word with an honest and good heart, hold on to it and by enduring,(H) bear fruit.

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 8:10 Is 6:9
  2. Luke 8:11 Lit But this is the parable:
  3. Luke 8:15 Or these are the kind who

His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you,(A) but to others I speak in parables, so that,

“‘though seeing, they may not see;
    though hearing, they may not understand.’[a](B)

11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.(C) 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.(D) 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches(E) and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 8:10 Isaiah 6:9

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