1And he began again to teach by the sea side, and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship and sat in the sea, and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.2And he taught them many things by parables and said unto them in his doctrine,3Hearken; Behold, the sower went out to sow;4and it came to pass as he sowed some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.5And some fell on stony ground where it had not much earth, and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth;6but when the sun was up, it was scorched, and because it had no root, it withered away.7And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.8And other fell on good ground and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased and brought forth: some thirty and some sixty and some a hundred.9And he said unto them, He that has ears to hear, let him hear.10And when he was alone, those that were close to him with the twelve asked of him the parable.11And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but unto those that are without, all these things are done in parables,12that seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand, lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.13And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? How then will ye understand all the parables?14The sower is he who sows the word.15And these are those by the way side, in whom the word is sown, but when they have heard, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.16And likewise these are those who are sown on stony ground, who when they have heard the word immediately receive it with gladness17but have no root in themselves and are temporal; afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.18And these are those who are sown among thorns, such as hear the word,19and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches and the lusts of other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.20And these are those who are sown in good ground, such as hear the word and receive it and bring forth fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.
21And he also said unto them, Is the lamp brought to be put under the bushel or under the bed? and not to be set in the lampstand?22For there is nothing hid which shall not be manifested; nor secret which shall not be exposed.23If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.24And he also said unto them, Take heed what ye hear; with the measure ye measure by, ye shall be measured by others, and unto you that hear shall more be added.25For he that has, to him shall be given; and he that has not, from him shall be taken even that which he has.26He also said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground27and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring forth and grow up, he knows not how.28For the earth brings forth fruit of herself: first the blade, then the ear, after that the full grain in the ear.29But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he puts in the sickle because the harvest is come.30He also said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we compare it?31It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that are in the earth;32but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs and shoots out great branches, so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.33And with many such parables he spoke the word unto them as they were able to hear it.34But without a parable he did not speak unto them; and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
35And that same day, when evening was come, he said unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.36And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.37And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.38And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow; and they awoke him and said unto him, Master, dost thou not care that we perish?39And as he arose, he rebuked the wind and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.40And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?41And they feared exceedingly and said one to another, Who is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?