3Then He told them many things in parables, # Mt 13:10,34-36; 15:15; 21:33,45; 22:1; 24:32; Mk 4:2 saying: “Consider the sower who went out to sow. 4As he was sowing, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and ate them up. 5Others fell on rocky ground, where there wasn’t much soil, and they sprang up quickly since the soil wasn’t deep. 6But when the sun came up they were scorched, and since they had no root, they withered. 7Others fell among thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them. 8Still others fell on good ground and produced a crop: some 100, some 60, and some 30 times what was sown. # Gn 26:12; Mt 13:23 9Anyone who has ears # Other mss add to hear should listen! ” # Mt 11:15; 13:43; Lk 8:8; 14:35; Rv 2:7,11,17,29; 3:6,13,22 10Then the disciples # Mt 9:10; Mk 10:10; Lk 6:1; Jn 6:3; Ac 6:1 came up and asked Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables? ” # Mt 13:35; 15:15; 21:33,45; 22:1; 24:32 11He answered them, “Because the secrets of the kingdom of heaven have been given for you to know, # Mt 11:25; 19:11; Jn 6:65; 1Co 2:10; Col 1:27; 1Jn 2:20,27 but it has not been given to them. 12For whoever has, more will be given to him, and he will have more than enough. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. # Mt 25:29; Lk 8:18; 19:26; Jn 15:2; Jms 4:6 13For this reason I speak to them in parables, because looking they do not see, # Dt 29:4; Is 42:19-20; Jr 5:21; Ezk 12:2 and hearing they do not listen or understand. # Mt 15:10; 16:12; 17:13; Mk 8:21 14Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says: You will listen and listen, yet never understand; and you will look and look, yet never perceive. # Is 6:9; Mk 4:12; Lk 8:10; Jn 12:40; Ac 28:26-27; Rm 11:8 15For this people’s heart has grown callous; their ears are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes; otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn back — and I would cure them. # Is 6:10; Mt 15:8; Heb 5:11 # Is 6:9-10 16“But your eyes are blessed # Lk 10:23-24 because they do see, and your ears because they do hear! # Mt 16:17; Jn 20:29 17For I assure you: Many prophets and righteous people longed to see the things you see yet didn’t see them; to hear the things you hear yet didn’t hear them. # Jn 8:56; Heb 11:13; 1Pt 1:10-12 18“You, then, listen to the parable of the sower: # Mk 4:13-20; Lk 8:11-15 19When anyone hears the word # Gk logos = word, or message, or saying, or thing 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. # Mt 4:23; 5:37; 6:13 20And the one sown on rocky ground — this is one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. # Is 58:2; Ezk 33:31-32; Mk 6:20; Jn 5:35 21Yet he has no root in himself, but is short-lived. When pressure or persecution # Mk 4:17; 10:30; Ac 8:1; 13:50; Rm 8:35; 2Co 12:10 comes because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22Now the one sown among the thorns — this is one who hears the word, but the worries of this age # Rm 12:2; 2Tm 4:10; 1Jn 2:15 and the seduction # Or pleasure, or deceitfulness of wealth # Mt 19:23; Mk 10:23; 1Tm 6:9-10; 2Tm 4:10 choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.