4#Matt. 13:2–9; Mark 4:1–9And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: 5“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it.6Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture.7And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it.8But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, #Matt. 11:15; Mark 7:16; Luke 14:35; Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22; 13:9“He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”9#Matt. 13:10–23; Mark 4:10–20Then His disciples asked Him, saying, “What does this parable mean?”10And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that#Is. 6:9; Matt. 13:14; Acts 28:26‘Seeing they may not see,And hearing they may not understand.’11#Matt. 13:18; Mark 4:14; (1 Pet. 1:23)“Now the parable is this: The seed is the #Luke 5:1; 11:28word of God.12Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.13But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.14Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, #Matt. 19:23; 1 Tim. 6:9, 10riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.15But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with #(Rom. 2:7; Heb. 10:36–39; James 5:7, 8)patience.