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Matthew 13 - Easy To Read Version

The Parable of the Sower

1. That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.

2. Many, many people gathered around Jesus. So Jesus got into a boat and sat down. All the people stayed on the shore.

3. Then Jesus used stories to teach the people many things. Jesus said: “A farmer went out to plant his seed.

4. While the farmer was planting, some seed fell by the road. The birds came and ate all that seed.

5. Some seed fell on rocky ground. The ground there did not have enough dirt. The seed grew very fast there, because the ground was not deep.

6. But when the sun rose, it burned the plants. The plants died because they did not have deep roots.

7. Some other seed fell among thorny weeds. The weeds grew and stopped the good plants from growing.

8. Some other seed fell on good ground. In the good ground, the seed grew and made grain. Some plants made 100 times more grain. Some plants made 60 times more, and some made 30 times more grain.

9. You people that hear me, listen!”

The Purpose of Parables

10. The followers came to Jesus and asked, “Why do you use these stories to teach the people?”

11. Jesus answered, “Only you can know the secret truths about the kingdom of heaven. Those other people cannot know these secret truths.

12. The person that has \{some understanding\} will be given more. And he will have even more than he needs. But the person that does not have \{much understanding\} will lose even the little \{understanding\} that he has.

13. This is why I use these stories to teach the people: The people see, but they don’t really see. The people hear, but they don’t really understand.

14. So these people show that the things Isaiah said about them are true:

15. Yes, the minds of these people\par (the Jews) are now closed.\par They have ears,\par but they don’t listen.\par And they refuse to see \{the truth\}.\par If their minds were not closed,\par they might see with their eyes;\par they might hear with their ears;\par they might understand with their minds.\par Then they might turn back to me and be healed.\par \i (Isaiah 6:9-10)\i0 \par

16. But you are blessed. You understand the things you see with your eyes. And you understand the things you hear with your ears.

17. I tell you the truth. Many prophets {\cf2\super [182]} and good people wanted to see the things that you now see. But they did not see these things. And many prophets and good people wanted to hear the things that you now hear. But they did not hear these things.

The Parable of the Sower Explained

18. “So listen to the meaning of that story about the farmer.

19. What is the seed that fell by the path? That seed is like the person that hears the teaching about the kingdom but does not understand it. The Evil One (the devil) comes and takes away the things that were planted in that person’s heart.

20. And what is the seed that fell on rocky ground? That seed is like the person that hears the teaching and quickly and gladly accepts that teaching.

21. But that person does not let the teaching go deep into his life. He keeps that teaching only a short time. When trouble or persecution {\cf2\super [183]} comes because of the teaching he accepted, then he quickly quits.

22. And what is the seed that fell among the thorny weeds? That seed is like the person that hears the teaching but lets worries about this life and love for money stop that teaching from growing. So the teaching does not make fruit {\cf2\super [184]} \{in that person’s life\}.

23. But what is the seed that fell on the good ground? That seed is like the person that hears the teaching and understands it. That person grows and makes fruit, sometimes 100 times more, sometimes 60 times more, and sometimes 30 times more.”

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

24. Then Jesus used another story to teach them. Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a man that planted good seed in his field.

25. That night, all the people were asleep. The man’s enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat. Then the enemy went away.

26. Later, the wheat grew and heads of grain grew on the wheat plants. But at the same time the weeds also grew.

27. Then the man’s servants came to him and said, ‘You planted good seed in your field. Where did the weeds come from?’

28. “The man answered, ‘An enemy planted weeds.’

29. “The man answered, ‘No, because when you pull up the weeds, you might also pull up the wheat.

30. Let the weeds and the wheat grow together until the harvest time. At the harvest time I will tell the workers this: First gather the weeds and tie them together to be burned. Then gather the wheat and bring it to my barn.’”

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

31. Then Jesus told the people another story: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed. A person plants that seed in his field.

32. That seed is one of the smallest of all seeds. But when the seed grows, it is one of the largest garden plants. It becomes a tree, big enough for the birds to come and make nests in its branches.”

The Parable of the Leaven

33. Then Jesus told the people another story: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman mixes into a big bowl of flour to make bread. The yeast makes all the dough (bread) rise.”

Prophecy and the Parables

34. Jesus used stories to tell all these things to the people. Jesus always used stories to teach the people.

35. This is the same as what the prophet {\cf2\super [185]} said:

The Parable of the Tares Explained

36. Then Jesus left the people and went into the house. His followers came to him and said, “Explain to us the meaning of the story about the weeds in the field.”

37. Jesus answered, “The person that planted the good seed in the field is the Son of Man. {\cf2\super [186]}

38. The field is the world. The good seed are all of God’s children in the kingdom. The weeds are those people that belong to the Evil One (the devil).

39. And the enemy that planted the bad seed is the devil. The harvest time is the end of the world. {\cf2\super [187]} And the workers that gather are God’s angels.

40. “The weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire. It will be the same at the end of the world. {\cf2\super [188]}

41. The Son of Man {\cf2\super [189]} will send his angels, and his angels will find the people that cause sin and all people that do evil. The angels will take those people out of his kingdom.

42. The angels will throw those people into the place of fire. In that place the people will be crying and grinding their teeth \{with pain\}.

43. Then the good people will shine like the sun. They will be in the kingdom of their Father. You people that hear me, listen!

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

44. “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. One day a man found the treasure. The man was very happy to find the treasure. He hid the treasure in the field again. The man went and sold everything that he owned to buy that field.

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price

45. “Also, the kingdom of heaven is like a salesman looking for fine pearls.

46. One day the salesman found a very fine pearl. The salesman went and sold everything he had to buy that pearl.

The Parable of the Dragnet

47. “Also, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was put into the lake. The net caught many different kinds of fish.

48. The net became full, so the fishermen pulled the net to the shore. The fishermen sat down and put all the good fish in baskets. Then they threw away the bad fish.

49. It will be the same at the end of the world. {\cf2\super [190]} The angels will come and separate the evil people from the good people.

50. The angels will throw the evil people into the place of fire. In that place the people will cry and grind their teeth \{with pain\}.”

51. \{Then Jesus asked his followers,\} “Do you understand all these things?”

52. Then Jesus said to the followers, “So every teacher of the law who has been taught \{the new things\} about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house. He has new things and old things saved in that house. And he brings out those new things with the old things.”

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

53. When Jesus finished teaching with these stories, he left there.

54. Jesus went to the town where he grew up. Jesus taught the people in the synagogue, {\cf2\super [191]} and the people were amazed. The people said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and this power to do miracles {\cf2\super [192]} ?

55. This is only the son of the carpenter. And his mother is Mary. His brothers are James, Joseph, Simon and Judas.

56. And all his sisters are here with us. So where does this man get this wisdom and the power to do these things?”

57. And the people refused to accept Jesus.

58. The people there did not believe in Jesus. So Jesus did not do many miracles {\cf2\super [194]} there.

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