Webster Bible Translation
The Parable of the Sower
1And he began again to teach by the sea-side: and there was gathered to him a great multitude, so that he entered into a boat, and sat on the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea, on the land. 2And he taught them many things by parables, and said to them in his doctrine, 3Hearken; Behold, a sower went out to sow: 4And it came to pass as he sowed, some fell by the way-side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it. 5And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth. 6But when the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 7And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 8And other fell on good ground, and yielded fruit that sprang up, and increased, and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some a hundred. 9And he said to them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
The Purpose of Jesus' Parables
10And when he was alone, they that were about him, with the twelve, asked of him the parable. 11And he said to them, To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
The Parable of the Sower Explained
13And he said to them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? 14The sower soweth the word. 15And these are they by the way-side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16And these are they likewise who are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they relapse. 18And these are they who are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 19And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. 20And these are they who are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirty-fold, some sixty, and some a hundred.
The Lesson of the Lamp
21And he said to them, Is a candle brought to be put under a close vessel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? 22For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither hath any thing been kept secret, but that it should come abroad. 23If any man hath ears to hear, let him hear. 24And he said to them, Take heed what ye hear: With the measure which ye give, it shall be measured to you: and to you that hear shall more be given. 25For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.
The Seed Growing Secretly
26And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; 27And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. 28For the earth bringeth forth fruit of itself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. 29But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
30And he said, To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? 31It is like a grain of mustard-seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that are in the earth. 32But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under its shade.
33And with many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. 34But without a parable he spoke not to them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
Jesus Stills the Storm
35And the same day, when the evening was come, he saith to them, Let us pass over to the other side. 36And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the boat. And there were also with him other small boats. 37And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was now full. 38And he was in the hinder part of the boat, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say to him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace, be still: and the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40And he said to them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? 41And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?