Matthew 13:27
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New International Version
"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?'

New Living Translation
"The farmer's workers went to him and said, 'Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?'

English Standard Version
And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’

Berean Study Bible
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?'

Berean Literal Bible
And the servants, having approached the master of the house, said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?'

New American Standard Bible
"The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?'

King James Bible
So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The landowner's slaves came to him and said, Master, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?'

International Standard Version
"The owner's servants came and asked him, 'Master, you sowed good seed in your field, didn't you? Then where did these weeds come from?'

NET Bible
So the slaves of the owner came and said to him, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?'

New Heart English Bible
So the servants of the householder came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where did these tares come from?'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the servants of the Lord of the house approached and said to him, 'Our Lord, did you not sow good seed in your field? From where are the tares in it?'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The owner's workers came to him and asked, 'Sir, didn't you plant good seed in your field? Where did the weeds come from?'

New American Standard 1977
“And the slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’

Jubilee Bible 2000
So the slaves of the husband of the house came and said unto him, Lord, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? From where then does it have tares?

King James 2000 Bible
So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? from where then has it tares?

American King James Version
So the servants of the householder came and said to him, Sir, did not you sow good seed in your field? from where then has it tares?

American Standard Version
And the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? whence then hath it tares?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the servants of the goodman of the house coming said to him: Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? whence then hath it cockle?

Darby Bible Translation
And the bondmen of the householder came up and said to him, Sir, hast thou not sown good seed in thy field? whence then has it darnel?

English Revised Version
And the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? whence then hath it tares?

Webster's Bible Translation
So the servants of the householder came and said to him, Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

Weymouth New Testament
"So the farmer's men come and ask him, "'Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed on your land? Where then does the darnel come from?'

World English Bible
The servants of the householder came and said to him, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where did this darnel come from?'

Young's Literal Translation
'And the servants of the householder, having come near, said to him, Sir, good seed didst thou not sow in thy field? whence then hath it the darnel?
Study Bible
The Parable of the Weeds
26When the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the weeds also appeared. 27The 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?’ 28‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. So the servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’…
Cross References
Matthew 13:25
But while everyone was asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and slipped away.

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

Matthew 13:28
An enemy did this,' he replied. So the servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'

Matthew 20:1
For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.
Treasury of Scripture

So the servants of the householder came and said to him, Sir, did not you sow good seed in your field? from where then has it tares?

the servants.

1 Corinthians 3:5-9 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom you believed, …

1 Corinthians 12:28,29 And God has set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, …

1 Corinthians 16:10 Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: …

2 Corinthians 5:18-20 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus …

2 Corinthians 6:1,4 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that you …

Ephesians 4:11,12 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; …

whence.

Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brothers, mark them which cause divisions and …

1 Corinthians 1:11-13 For it has been declared to me of you, my brothers, by them which …

1 Corinthians 15:12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some …

Galatians 3:1-3 O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, that you should not obey …

James 3:15,16 This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish…

James 4:4 You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship …

Verse 27. - So; and (Revised Version, δέ). The servants of the householder came. The explanation (ver. 38) does not say who are represented by these; they must be really identical with some of the wheat, yet since they are spoken of as though they are also the agents of the Sower, they must represent the more active, and especially the ministerial, members of the kingdom. Is it a mere coincidence that historically the clergy have shown themselves always the most eager advocates of the policy of rooting up the tares? And said unto him: Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? Thy. For the knowledge that the world belongs to God, and is under his governance and care, makes the question so much the more serious to the servants. So the servants of the householder came,.... Christ is the "householder"; the house of which he is master is the church, called the household of God, the household of faith, the family in heaven, and in earth; in which house he bears and sustains many relations, as those of a son, a priest, a master, or governor. By "the servants" that came to him, are meant, not civil magistrates, who have nothing to do in the affairs of churches; nor the angels, though these are ministering servants to Christ, and will be employed by him, in the close of time, to gather up the tares, bind them in bundles, and cast them into the fire; but the ministers of the Gospel, the servants of Christ, and of the most high God, who are made use of in planting, and sowing, and weeding his field, the church: these observing the tares, and fearing the danger the wheat was in by them, as well as troubled and surprised at the appearance and growth of them, came to him, and spread the case before him in prayer; and

said unto him, Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? Their manner of address, calling him Sir, or Lord, is expressive of their reverence of him, and obedience to him; and which is said, not in word only, but in the sincerity of their hearts, and under the influence of the Spirit of God. They ascribe the field, the church, the good seed, converts that sprung up in it, and the sowing, or making of them such, all to Christ, and not any of this kind, or any part of it to themselves; though they were employed by him in tilling this field, in sowing spiritual things to the saints, and were useful to them in their profession of religion. Moreover, they intimate, that nothing but good could come from Christ; no bad seed, no tares could be of his sowing: and declare their ignorance of the rise of them; which ignorance was owing to their being asleep, when the enemy sowed them. 27. So the servants of the householder came—that is, Christ's ministers.

and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?—This well expresses the surprise, disappointment, and anxiety of Christ's faithful servants and people at the discovery of "false brethren" among the members of the Church.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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