Matthew 13:38
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New International Version
The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one,

New Living Translation
The field is the world, and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one.

English Standard Version
The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one,

New American Standard Bible
and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one;

King James Bible
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
the field is the world; and the good seed--these are the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one,

International Standard Version
while the field is the world. The good seed are those who belong to the kingdom, while the weeds are those who belong to the evil one.

NET Bible
The field is the world and the good seed are the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The field is the world but the good seed is the children of the Kingdom and the tares are the children of The Evil One.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The field is the world. The good seeds are those who belong to the kingdom. The weeds are those who belong to the evil one.

Jubilee Bible 2000
the field is the world; the good seed are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked;

King James 2000 Bible
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

American King James Version
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

American Standard Version
and the field is the world; and the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one ;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the field, is the world. And the good seed are the children of the kingdom. And the cockle, are the children of the wicked one.

Darby Bible Translation
and the field is the world; and the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom, but the darnel are the sons of the evil [one];

English Revised Version
and the field is the world; and the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one;

Webster's Bible Translation
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

Weymouth New Testament
the field is the world; the good seed--these are the sons of the Kingdom; the darnel, the sons of the Evil one.

World English Bible
the field is the world; and the good seed, these are the children of the Kingdom; and the darnel weeds are the children of the evil one.

Young's Literal Translation
and the field is the world, and the good seed, these are the sons of the reign, and the darnel are the sons of the evil one,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:31-35 The scope of the parable of the seed sown, is to show that the beginnings of the gospel would be small, but its latter end would greatly increase; in this way the work of grace in the heart, the kingdom of God within us, would be carried on. In the soul where grace truly is, it will grow really; though perhaps at first not to be discerned, it will at last come to great strength and usefulness. The preaching of the gospel works like leaven in the hearts of those who receive it. The leaven works certainly, so does the word, yet gradually. It works silently, and without being seen, Mr 4:26-29, yet strongly; without noise, for so is the way of the Spirit, but without fail. Thus it was in the world. The apostles, by preaching the gospel, hid a handful of leaven in the great mass of mankind. It was made powerful by the Spirit of the Lord of hosts, who works, and none can hinder. Thus it is in the heart. When the gospel comes into the soul, it works a thorough change; it spreads itself into all the powers and faculties of the soul, and alters the property even of the members of the body, Ro 6:13. From these parables we are taught to expect a gradual progress; therefore let us inquire, Are we growing in grace? and in holy principles and habits?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 38. - The children of the kingdom; the sons, etc. (Revised Version); Matthew 5:9, note. The tares are the children of the wicked one; of the evil one (Revised Version); cf. Matthew 6:13, note. (On the bearing that the evidence of the Old Syriac and the Old Latin versions here has on the masculine interpretation there, see Chase, 'Lord's Prayer,' etc., pp. 155, 159, sqq.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The field is the world,.... That which is represented by "the field", in which the good seed is sown, is not only the land of Judea, where Christ preached in person, but the whole world, into which the apostles were afterwards sent; or the church of Christ, in the several parts of the world:

the good seed are the children of the kingdom: they which are designed by the good seed, are such, for whom the kingdom of heaven is prepared, to whom it is bequeathed, and who are appointed to it; who are possessed of the kingdom of grace here, and are heirs of the kingdom of glory; and have both a meetness for it, and a right unto it, being the children of God by adoption, and that appearing by regeneration:

but the tares are the children of the wicked one: the persons intended by "the tares", are such professors of religion, as both by their principles and practices, manifestly show that they are of their father the devil; they resemble and imitate him, and do his works; and plainly declare, that they were never born of God, and are in no better state, though under a profession, than openly profane and immoral persons; and are more hurtful and scandalous to the interest of Christ, than such are.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

38. The tares are the children of the wicked one—As this sowing could only be "while men slept," no blame seems intended, and certainly none is charged upon "the servants"; it is probably just the dress of the parable.

Matthew 13:38 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Weeds Explained
37And He said, "The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, 38and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; 39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:37
All you need to say is simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

Matthew 8:12
But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

John 8:44
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Acts 13:10
"You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord?

1 John 3:8
The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.

1 John 3:10
This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God's child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.
Treasury of Scripture

The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

field.

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world …

Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me …

Mark 16:15-20 And he said to them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel …

Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his …

Romans 10:18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes truly, their sound went into …

Romans 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, …

Colossians 1:6 Which is come to you, as it is in all the world; and brings forth …

Revelation 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the middle of heaven, having the everlasting …

the good.

Psalm 22:30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.

Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when …

Hosea 2:23 And I will sow her to me in the earth; and I will have mercy on her …

Zechariah 10:8,9 I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: …

John 1:12,13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the …

John 12:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the …

Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; …

James 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should …

James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, …

1 John 3:2,9 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what …

the children of the wicked.

Matthew 13:19 When any one hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, …

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your …

John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you …

Acts 13:10 And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, you child of the …

Philippians 3:18,19 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even …

1 John 3:8,10 He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the …

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