Matthew 13:25
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
But while everyone was sleeping, an enemy came and scattered weed seeds in the field and then left.

Good News Translation
One night, when everyone was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away.

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 everyone 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 ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest…

Acts 20:30,31
Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them…

enemy.

Matthew 13:39
The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

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

1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

tares.

Matthew 13:38
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;







Lexicon
But
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

while
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

everyone
ἀνθρώπους (anthrōpous)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

was asleep,
καθεύδειν (katheudein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 2518: To sleep, be sleeping. From kata and heudo; to lie down to rest, i.e. to fall asleep.

his
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

enemy
ἐχθρὸς (echthros)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2190: Hated, hostile; subst: an enemy. From a primary echtho; hateful; usually as a noun, an adversary.

came
ἦλθεν (ēlthen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2064: To come, go.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

sowed
ἐπέσπειρεν (epespeiren)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4687: To sow, spread, scatter. Probably strengthened from spao; to scatter, i.e. Sow.

weeds
ζιζάνια (zizania)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 2215: Darnel or false grain.

among
ἀνὰ (ana)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 303: A primary preposition and adverb; properly, up; but used severally, or at.

the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

wheat,
σίτου (sitou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4621: Wheat, grain. Also plural irregular neuter sita of uncertain derivation; grain, especially wheat.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

slipped away.
ἀπῆλθεν (apēlthen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 565: From apo and erchomai; to go off, aside or behind, literally or figuratively.
(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). 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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