Matthew 13:25
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New International Version
But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.

New Living Translation
But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away.

English Standard Version
but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away.

Berean Study Bible
But while everyone was asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and slipped away.

Berean Literal Bible
And while the men are sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds in the midst of the wheat, and went away.

New American Standard Bible
"But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away.

King James Bible
But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But while people were sleeping, his enemy came, sowed weeds among the wheat, and left.

International Standard Version
While people were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away.

NET Bible
But while everyone was sleeping, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away.

New Heart English Bible
but while people slept, his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and he left.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But while people were asleep, his enemy planted weeds in the wheat field and went away.

New American Standard 1977
“But while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went away.

King James 2000 Bible
But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

American King James Version
But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

American Standard Version
but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But while men were asleep, his enemy came and oversowed cockle among the wheat and went his way.

Darby Bible Translation
but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed darnel amongst the wheat, and went away.

English Revised Version
but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away.

Webster's Bible Translation
But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and departed.

Weymouth New Testament
but during the night his enemy comes, and over the first seed he sows darnel among the wheat, and goes away.

World English Bible
but while people slept, his enemy came and sowed darnel weeds also among the wheat, and went away.

Young's Literal Translation
and, while men are sleeping, his enemy came and sowed darnel in the midst of the wheat, and went away,
Study Bible
The Parable of the Weeds
24Jesus presented another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25But while everyone was asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and slipped away. 26When the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the weeds also appeared.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:24
Jesus presented another parable to them: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.

Matthew 13:26
When the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the weeds also appeared.

Matthew 13:27
The owner's servants came to him and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?'

Matthew 13:29
No,' he said, 'if you pull the weeds now, you might uproot the wheat with them.

Matthew 13:30
Let both grow together until the harvest. At the proper time I will tell the harvesters, "First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat into my barn."'"
Treasury of Scripture

But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

men.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

Isaiah 56:9,10 All you beasts of the field, come to devour, yes, all you beasts …

Acts 20:30,31 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, …

Galatians 2:4 And that because of false brothers unawares brought in, who came …

2 Timothy 4:3-5 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; …

Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any …

2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there …

Revelation 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against you, because you suffer …

enemy.

Matthew 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of …

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves …

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring …

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, …

Revelation 13:14 And deceives them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles …

tares.

Matthew 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; …

(25, 26) His enemy came and sowed tares.--The act described was then--and still is--a common form of Eastern malice or revenge. It easily escaped detection. It inflicted both loss and trouble. The "enemy" had the satisfaction of brooding for weeks or months over the prospect of the injury he had inflicted, and the vexation it would cause when discovered. The tares, known to botanists as the Lolium temulentum, or darnel, grew up at first with stalk and blade like the wheat; and it was not till fructification began that the difference was easily detected. It adds to the point of the parable to remember that the seeds of the tares were not merely useless as food, but were positively noxious.

Verse 25. - But while men slept. Not in the explanation. If more than merely a part of the necessary framework of the story, it points to the secrecy with which the devil works. His enemy came. This form of malice is still well known in the East (cf. Exell's 'Biblical Illustrator,' in loc.). And sowed. Sowed over or in (ἐπέσπειρεν). Tares; i.e. bearded darnel, Lolium temulentum, "a kind of rye grass, and the only species of the grass family the seeds of which are poisonous. The derivation of zauan [ζιζάνια] is from zan, 'vomiting,' the effect of eating darnel being to produce violent nausea, convulsions, and diarrhoea, which frequently ends in death" (Tristram, 'Nat. Hist. of Bible,' p. 487, edit. 1889). Among the wheat, and went his way; went away (Revised Version, ἀπῆλθεν). But while men slept,.... Good men, ministers, and churches; whose case this sometimes is to be asleep in a spiritual sense: and which sleepiness lies in a non-exercise of grace; in a sluggishness to and in duty; in a contentment in external exercises of religion; in lukewarmness about the cause of Christ; in an unconcernedness about sins of omission and commission; and in a willingness to continue in such a state; and which arises from a body of sin and death; from worldly cares; weariness in spiritual duties; a cessation from spiritual exercises; an absenting from spiritual company; oftentimes from outward ease, peace, and plenty, sometimes from a long expectation of the bridegroom's coming, and the delay of it; and from its being a night season, a time of darkness and security: such a case with the church, and good men, is very dangerous, as it exposes to every sin and snare; renders them liable to lose the presence of Christ, their liveliness and comfort; and tends to poverty and leanness of soul: such are in danger of being surprised with the midnight cry; and the churches are likely to be filled with hypocrites and heretics:

his enemy came; by whom is meant the devil, Matthew 13:39 who is an enemy to Christ personally, and showed himself to be so in his infancy, by stirring up Herod to seek his life: and, when grown up, by instigating the Jews to contrive his death; which they attempted by various methods, and which, at last, he compassed by Judas, and the Scribes and Pharisees; and also to Christ mystical, to the church, and all true believers; whose adversary he is, going about, like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour: the same came into the field, the world, and church in it;

and sowed tares among the wheat; by "the wheat", is meant the same with the "good seed", the children of God, true believers in Christ; who are comparable to wheat, for the choiceness of it, that being the choicest grain, so they are the chosen of God, and precious, and the excellent in the earth: and because it dies before it rises and springs up; so the saints do, and will do, both in a spiritual and corporal sense; and because of the purity and whiteness of it, so they are pure and white, being sanctioned by the Spirit, washed in the blood of Christ, and justified by his righteousness; and because of its substance, fulness, weight, and permanence, so they are filled from Christ's fulness, and with the fulness of God, and fruits of righteousness, and remain, and cannot be driven as the chaff is, but continue to live, because Christ their head lives; and because of its gradual increase, so they increase in spiritual light, grace, and experience; and because of the chaff that adheres to it, so sin and corruption cleave to the saints in this life; and lastly, because it needs both the flail and the fan, so believers need chastisements, afflictions, and corrections: by "the tares" sown among them, are meant "the children of the wicked one"; Satan, the enemy and adversary, as in Matthew 13:38 who are to be understood, not of profane sinners; though these are the children of the devil; but of professors of religion, men either of bad principles, or of bad lives and conversations; whom Satan, by some means or another, gets into churches, and they become members thereof: at first they look like wheat, like true believers, have a show of religion, a form of godliness, an appearance of grace, but are destitute of it; and prove tares, unfruitful, unprofitable, and of no account, yea hurtful, and whose end is to be burned.

And went his way; somewhere else, to do more mischief; and having done all he could at present here, undiscovered, not taken notice of by ministers and churches; they being all asleep, and having lost, in a great measure, the spirit of discerning. The word we render "tares", and the Ethiopic version "thistles", probably means the same the Jewish doctors call Zunin (s); and which, they say, is a sort of wheat, and not of a different kind from it; that when it is sown it looks like wheat, and is sown for it, but is changed in the earth, both as to its nature and form, and brings forth this kind. In the generation in which the flood was, they say (t), they sowed wheat, and the earth brought forth what we render "tares", and bids fair to be what is here meant; and fitly expresses false professors, nominal Christians, men of degenerate principles and practices: for not what we call tares, or vetches, can be meant, which may be removed from the wheat without danger, but rather this degenerate wheat; or that wheat which is blasted, and which may be observed sometimes to grow upon the same root, and therefore cannot be taken away, without rooting up the wheat also.

(s) Misn. Kilaim, c. 1. sect. 1. & Trumot, c. 2. sect, 6. & Maimon. in ib. T. Hieros. Kilaim, fol. 26. 4. Maimon. Hilch. Kilaim, c. 3. sect. 3.((t) Bereshit Rabba, sect. 28. fol. 23. 4. 25, 38, 39. But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way—(See on [1291]Mt 13:38, 39).13:24-30, 36-43 This parable represents the present and future state of the gospel church; Christ's care of it, the devil's enmity against it, the mixture there is in it of good and bad in this world, and the separation between them in the other world. So prone is fallen man to sin, that if the enemy sow the tares, he may go his way, they will spring up, and do hurt; whereas, when good seed is sown, it must be tended, watered, and fenced. The servants complained to their master; Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? No doubt he did; whatever is amiss in the church, we are sure it is not from Christ. Though gross transgressors, and such as openly oppose the gospel, ought to be separated from the society of the faithful, yet no human skill can make an exact separation. Those who oppose must not be cut off, but instructed, and that with meekness. And though good and bad are together in this world, yet at the great day they shall be parted; then the righteous and the wicked shall be plainly known; here sometimes it is hard to distinguish between them. Let us, knowing the terrors of the Lord, not do iniquity. At death, believers shall shine forth to themselves; at the great day they shall shine forth before all the world. They shall shine by reflection, with light borrowed from the Fountain of light. Their sanctification will be made perfect, and their justification published. May we be found of that happy number.
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