Matthew 13:3
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New International Version
Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed.

New Living Translation
He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one: "Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds.

English Standard Version
And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow.

Berean Study Bible
And He told them many things in parables, saying, "A farmer went out to sow his seed.

Berean Literal Bible
And He spoke to them many things in parables, saying, "Behold, the one sowing went out to sow.

New American Standard Bible
And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, "Behold, the sower went out to sow;

King James Bible
And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then He told them many things in parables, saying: "Consider the sower who went out to sow.

International Standard Version
Then he began to tell them many things in parables. He said, "Listen! A farmer went out to sow.

NET Bible
He told them many things in parables, saying: "Listen! A sower went out to sow.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he was speaking much with them in parables and he said, “Behold, a sower went out to sow.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then he used stories as illustrations to tell them many things. He said, "Listen! A farmer went to plant seed.

New American Standard 1977
And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow;

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he spoke many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, the sower went forth to sow;

King James 2000 Bible
And he spoke many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

American King James Version
And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

American Standard Version
And he spake to them many things in parables, saying, Behold, the sower went forth to sow;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he spoke to them many things in parables, saying: Behold the sower went forth to sow.

Darby Bible Translation
And he spoke to them many things in parables, saying, Behold, the sower went out to sow:

English Revised Version
And he spake to them many things in parables, saying, Behold, the sower went forth to sow;

Webster's Bible Translation
And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

Weymouth New Testament
He then spoke many things to them in figurative language. "The sower goes out," He said, "to sow.

World English Bible
He spoke to them many things in parables, saying, "Behold, a farmer went out to sow.

Young's Literal Translation
and he spake to them many things in similes, saying: 'Lo, the sower went forth to sow,
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
The Parable of the Sower
2Such large crowds gathered around Him that He got into a boat and sat down, while all the people stood on the shore. 3And He told them many things in parables, saying, “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4As he was sowing, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:4
As he was sowing, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.

Matthew 13:10
Then the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Why do You speak to the people in parables?"

Mark 3:23
So Jesus called them together and began to speak to them in parables: "How can Satan drive out Satan?

Mark 4:2
and He taught them many things in parables. And in His teaching He said,

Mark 12:1
Then Jesus began to speak to them in parables: "A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a wine vat, and built a watchtower. Then he rented it out to some tenants and went away on a journey.
Treasury of Scripture

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Matthew 13:10-13,34,35,53 And the disciples came, and said to him, Why speak you to them in parables…

Matthew 22:1 And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables, and said,

Matthew 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, …

Judges 9:8-20 The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they …

2 Samuel 12:1-7 And the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him, and said to …

Psalm 49:4 I will incline my ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying on the harp.

Psalm 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Isaiah 5:1-7 Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching …

Ezekiel 17:2 Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel;

Ezekiel 20:49 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Does he not speak parables?

Ezekiel 24:3 And utter a parable to the rebellious house, and say to them, Thus …

Micah 2:4 In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with …

Habakkuk 2:6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting …

Mark 3:23 And he called them to him, and said to them in parables, How can …

Mark 4:2,13,33 And he taught them many things by parables, and said to them in his doctrine…

Mark 12:1,12 And he began to speak to them by parables. A certain man planted …

Luke 8:10 And he said, To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom …

Luke 12:41 Then Peter said to him, Lord, speak you this parable to us, or even to all?

Luke 15:3 And he spoke this parable to them, saying,

John 16:25 These things have I spoken to you in proverbs: but the time comes, …

parables. A parable, [parabole,] from [para,] near, and [ballo,] I cast, or put, has been justly defined to be a comparison or similitude, in which one thing is compared with another, especially spiritual things with natural, by which means those spiritual things are better understood, and make a deeper impression on a honest and attentive mind. In a parable, a resemblance in the principal incidents is all that is required; smaller matters being considered as a sort of drapery. Maimonides, in Moreh Nevochim, gives an excellent rule on this head: 'Fix it as a principle to attach yourself to the grand object of the parable, without attempting to make a particular application of all the circumstances and terms which it comprehends.'

a sower.

Mark 4:2-9 And he taught them many things by parables, and said to them in his doctrine…

Luke 8:5-8 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the …

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