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Matthew 13 - Lighthouse Bible 2006

The Parable of the Sower

1. The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.

2. And great multitudes were gathered together to him, so that he went into a boat, and sat down; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

3. And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went out to sow;

4. And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the birds came and ate them up:

5. Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of earth:

6. And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

7. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up, and choked them:

8. But other seed fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixty fold, some thirty fold.

9. Who has ears to hear, let him hear.

The Purpose of Parables

10. And the disciples came, and said to him, Why do you speak to them in parables?

11. He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

12. For whoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whoever has not, from him shall be taken away even what he has.

13. Therefore I speak to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

14. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which says, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive:

15. For this people’s heart has become fat, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

16. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

17. For truly I say to you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them.

The Parable of the Sower Explained

18. Hear therefore the parable of the sower.

19. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then comes the wicked one, and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the way side.

20. But he who received the seed into stony places, the same is he who hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it;

21. Yet has he not root in himself, but endures for a while: for when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, by and by he is offended.

22. He also who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word; and the concerns of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.

23. But he who received seed into the good ground is he who hears the word, and understands it; who also bears fruit, and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

24. Another parable put he forth to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field:

25. But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

26. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

27. So the servants of the head of the household came and said to him, Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where then did the tares come from?

28. He said to them, An enemy has done this. The servants said to him, Do you want us to go and gather them up?

29. But he said, No; because if you gather up the tares now, you might also root up the wheat with them.

30. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

31. Another parable put he forth to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:

32. Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among vegetables, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches.

The Parable of the Leaven

33. Another parable spoke he to them; The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

Prophecy and the Parables

34. All these things spoke Jesus to the multitude in parables; and without a parable he did not speak to them:

35. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will speak things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

The Parable of the Tares Explained

36. Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came to him, saying, Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.

37. He answered and said to them, He who sows the good seed is the Son of man;

38. The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

39. The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

40. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

41. The Son of man shall send out his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and those who do iniquity;

42. And shall throw them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

43. Then shall the righteous shine out like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who has ears to hear, let him hear.

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

44. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field; which when a man has found, he hides, and for joy thereof goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price

45. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant man, looking for beautiful pearls:

46. Who, when he had found one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

The Parable of the Dragnet

47. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net, that was thrown into the sea, and gathered of every kind:

48. Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.

49. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and separate the wicked from among the just,

50. And shall throw them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

51. Jesus said to them, Have you understood all these things? They said to him, Yes, Lord.

52. Then said he to them, Therefore every scribe who is instructed for the kingdom of heaven is like a man who is a head of a household, who brings forth out of his treasure things new and old.

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

53. And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed from there.

54. And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, From where does this man receive this wisdom, and these mighty works?

55. Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? and his brothers, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?

56. And his sisters, are they not all with us? Where then does this man get all these things?

57. And they were offended at him. But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and in his own house.

58. And he did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

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