And he spoke to them many things in parables, saying: Behold the sower went forth to sow.  And whilst he soweth some fell by the way side, and the birds of the air came and ate them up.  And other some fell upon stony ground, where they had not much earth: and they sprung up immediately, because they had no deepness of earth.
 And when the sun was up they were scorched: and because they had not root, they withered away.  And others fell among thorns: and the thorns grew up and choked them.  And others fell upon good ground: and they brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, and some thirtyfold.  He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.  And his disciples came and said to him: Why speakest thou to them in parables?
 Who answered and said to them: Because to you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven: but to them it is not given.  For he that hath, to him shall be given, and he shall abound: but he that hath not, from him shall be taken away that also which he hath.  Therefore do I speak to them in parables: because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.  And the prophecy of Isaias is fulfilled in them, who saith: By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand: and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive.  For the heart of this people is grown gross, and with their ears they have been dull of hearing, and their eyes they have shut: lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
 But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.  For, amen, I say to you, many prophets and just men have desired to see the things that you see, and have not seen them, and to hear the things that you hear and have not heard them.  Hear you therefore the parable of the sower.  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, there cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart: this is he that received the seed by the way side.  And he that received the seed upon stony ground, is he that heareth the word, and immediately receiveth it with joy.
 Hear ye: Behold, the sower went out to sow.  And whilst he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the birds of the air came and ate it up.  And other some fell upon stony ground, where it had not much earth; and it shot up immediately, because it had no depth of earth. And he that received the seed among thorns, is he that heareth the word, and the care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choketh up the word, and he becometh fruitless.
 And when the sun was risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.  And some fell upon good ground; and brought forth fruit that grew up, and increased and yielded, one thirty, another sixty, and another a hundred.  And he said: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.  And when he was alone, the twelve that were with him asked him the parable.
 And he said to them: To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to them that are without, all things are done in parables:  That 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.  And he saith to them: Are you ignorant of this parable? and how shall you know all parables?  He that soweth, soweth the word.  And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown, and as soon as they have heard, immediately Satan cometh and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
 And these likewise
are they that are sown on the stony ground: who when they have heard the word, immediately receive
it with joy.  And
they have no root in themselves, but are only for a time: and then when tribulation and
persecution ariseth for the word they are presently scandalized.
 And others there
are who are sown among thorns: these are they that hear the word,
 And the cares of
the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts after other things entering in choke the
word, and it is made fruitless.
 And these are they
who are sown upon the good ground, who hear the word, and receive it, and yield fruit, the one
thirty, another sixty, and another a hundred.
 The sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
 And other some fell upon a rock: and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.  And other some fell among thorns, and the thorns growing up with it, choked it.  And other some fell upon good ground; and being sprung up, yielded fruit a hundredfold. Saying these things, he cried out: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.  And his disciples asked him what this parable might be.  To whom he said: To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to the rest in parables, that seeing they may not see, and hearing may not understand.
 Now the parable is
this: The seed is the word of God.
 And they by the way
side are they that hear; then the devil cometh, and taketh the word out of their heart, lest
believing they should be saved.
 Now they upon the
rock, are they who when they hear, receive the word with joy: and these have no roots; for they
believe for a while, and in time of temptation, they fall away.
 And that which fell
among thorns, are they who have heard, and going their way, are choked with the cares and riches
and pleasures of this life, and yield no fruit.
 But that on the
good ground, are they who in a good and perfect heart, hearing the word, keep it, and bring forth
fruit in patience.