Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1But he began teaching again at the seaside and great crowds were gathered to him, so that he would go up and sit in a boat in the sea and all the crowd was standing on land at the shore. 2He was teaching them in many parables, and he said in his teaching: 3"Listen; behold, a sower went out to sow." 4"And as he sowed, there was some that fell on the side of the road and a bird came and ate it." 5"But other seed fell on rock where there was not much soil, and immediately it sprouted because there was no depth of soil." 6"But when the sun arose it was scorched, and because it had no roots, it dried up." 7"Other fell among the thorns and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit." 8"But other fell in good ground, and it came up and grew and it yielded fruit, some thirty fold and some sixty fold and some a hundred fold." 9And he said, "Whoever has an ear to hear, let him hear."
10But when they were by themselves, those twelve who were with him inquired of him about that parable. 11Yeshua said to them, "It has been given to you to know the secrets of the Kingdom of God, but to outsiders, everything has been in parables," 12"So that seeing they shall see and not see, and hearing they shall hear and they shall not understand, unless perhaps they shall be converted and their sins shall be forgiven them."
13He said to them, "Do you not know this parable? How shall you know all the parables?" 14"The sower, who sowed, sowed the word." 15"But these upon the side of the road are those who have the word sown in them, and when they have heard, immediately Satan comes and takes the word away that was sown in their hearts." 16"And those that were sown upon the rock are those who when they have heard the word immediately receive it with joy." 17"And they have no root in themselves, but they abide for a while, and when there is distress or persecution because of the word, they are soon subverted." 18"And those sown among the thorns are those who have heard the word," 19"And the cares of this world and the seductiveness of wealth and other desires are entering in and choking the word and it becomes unfruitful." 20"And they that were sown in the good ground are those who hear the word and receive and yield fruit, thirty fold, sixty fold and a hundred fold."
21And he said to them, "Does one bring a lamp to be put under a basket or under a bed? Should it not be put on a lampstand?" 22"For there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed, and nothing secret that will not be discovered." 23"If a man has an ear to hear, let him hear." 24And he said to them, "Take heed what you hear; that measure in which you are measuring is measured to you, and it is increased to you who hear." 25For whoever has it, it shall be given to him; and whoever does not have it, from him shall be taken even that which he has.
26And he said, "Thus is the Kingdom of God like a man who cast seed in the ground." 27"And he shall sleep and arise by night and by day and the seed grows and lengthens while he is unaware." 28"For the earth produces fruit itself; first shall be the blade and afterward the ear, then finally the full wheat in the ear." 29"But whenever the fruit ripens, immediately the sickle is brought because the harvest has arrived."
30And he said, "What shall resemble the Kingdom of God and with what shall a parable compare it?" 31"It is like a grain of mustard seed, which when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the herb seeds on the earth." 32"And when it is sown it comes up and becomes greater than all the small herbs and produces great branches, so that the birds will be able to perch in its shade."
33Yeshua was speaking parables like these with them, parables such as they were able to hear. 34And without parables he was not speaking with them, but he expounded all things to his disciples privately.
35He said to them that day in the evening, "Let us pass over to the other side." 36And they left the crowd and brought him as he was in the ship, and there were other boats with them. 37And there was a great storm and the wind and the waves were beating into the ship and it was close to being filled. 38But Yeshua was sleeping on a pillow in the stern of the ship and they came and awakened him and they were saying to him, "Our Master, do you not care that we are perishing?!" 39And he arose and rebuked the wind and he said to the sea, "Stop! Shut up!", and the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40And he said to them, "Why are you so fearful? Why do you not have faith?" 41And they were greatly afraid, and they were saying one to another, "Who is this, really, that the wind and sea obey him?"