Matthew 13:18
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New International Version
"Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:

New Living Translation
"Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds:

English Standard Version
“Hear then the parable of the sower:

New American Standard Bible
"Hear then the parable of the sower.

King James Bible
Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"You, then, listen to the parable of the sower:

International Standard Version
"Listen, then, to the parable about the farmer.

NET Bible
"So listen to the parable of the sower:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But hear the parable of the seed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Listen to what the story about the farmer means.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

King James 2000 Bible
Hear you therefore the parable of the sower.

American King James Version
Hear you therefore the parable of the sower.

American Standard Version
Hear then ye the parable of the sower.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear you therefore the parable of the sower.

Darby Bible Translation
*Ye*, therefore, hear the parable of the sower.

English Revised Version
Hear then ye the parable of the sower.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

Weymouth New Testament
"To you then I will explain the parable of the Sower.

World English Bible
"Hear, then, the parable of the farmer.

Young's Literal Translation
'Ye, therefore, hear ye the simile of the sower:
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:1-23 Jesus entered into a boat that he might be the less pressed, and be the better heard by the people. By this he teaches us in the outward circumstances of worship not to covet that which is stately, but to make the best of the conveniences God in his providence allots to us. Christ taught in parables. Thereby the things of God were made more plain and easy to those willing to be taught, and at the same time more difficult and obscure to those who were willingly ignorant. The parable of the sower is plain. The seed sown is the word of God. The sower is our Lord Jesus Christ, by himself, or by his ministers. Preaching to a multitude is sowing the corn; we know not where it will light. Some sort of ground, though we take ever so much pains with it, brings forth no fruit to purpose, while the good soil brings forth plentifully. So it is with the hearts of men, whose different characters are here described by four sorts of ground. Careless, trifling hearers, are an easy prey to Satan; who, as he is the great murderer of souls, so he is the great thief of sermons, and will be sure to rob us of the word, if we take not care to keep it. Hypocrites, like the stony ground, often get the start of true Christians in the shows of profession. Many are glad to hear a good sermon, who do not profit by it. They are told of free salvation, of the believer's privileges, and the happiness of heaven; and, without any change of heart, without any abiding conviction of their own depravity, their need of a Saviour, or the excellence of holiness, they soon profess an unwarranted assurance. But when some heavy trial threatens them, or some sinful advantage may be had, they give up or disguise their profession, or turn to some easier system. Worldly cares are fitly compared to thorns, for they came in with sin, and are a fruit of the curse; they are good in their place to stop a gap, but a man must be well armed that has much to do with them; they are entangling, vexing, scratching, and their end is to be burned, Heb 6:8. Worldly cares are great hinderances to our profiting by the word of God. The deceitfulness of riches does the mischief; they cannot be said to deceive us unless we put our trust in them, then they choke the good seed. What distinguished the good ground was fruitfulness. By this true Christians are distinguished from hypocrites. Christ does not say that this good ground has no stones in it, or no thorns; but none that could hinder its fruitfulness. All are not alike; we should aim at the highest, to bring forth most fruit. The sense of hearing cannot be better employed than in hearing God's word; and let us look to ourselves that we may know what sort of hearers we are.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 18-23. - The explanation of the parable of the sower. Parallel passages: Mark 4:13-20; Luke 8:11-15. Observe that after the preceding verses St. Matthew's readers would the more easily catch the lesson of the parable. Verse 18. - Matthew only. Hear ye therefore; Revised Version, hear ye then, which leaves more room for the rightful emphasis on ye (ὑμεῖς) than the Authorized Version, but hardly gives the full force of οϋν (therefore), i.e. in accordance with the privileges that have been given you. The parable of the sower.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. That is, the interpretation of the parable; for they had heard the parable before, and had desired an explanation of it; which, though not mentioned by Matthew, is, by the other evangelists, Mark 4:10, Luke 8:9 and since it was given to them to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, therefore Christ calls upon them to attend unto, and hear, so as to understand the spiritual meaning of this parable. Mark relates, that he moreover said to his disciples at this time, "know ye not this parable?" Do ye not understand the meaning of it, so easy to be taken in? them as it were reproving for their dulness of hearing, notwithstanding the grace given them, and the advantages they enjoyed: "how then will ye know all parables?" all that he had delivered, or was about to deliver at this time, or should hereafter; which were of more difficult interpretation, and not so easy to be understood as this.



Matthew 13:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Sower Explained
18"Hear then the parable of the sower. 19"When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:36
Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field."

Mark 4:10
When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables.

Mark 4:13
Then Jesus said to them, "Don't you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?

Luke 8:11
"This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.
Treasury of Scripture

Hear you therefore the parable of the sower.

Matthew 13:11,12 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know …

Mark 4:14 The sower sows the word.

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