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Matthew 13

        1Then on that day Jesus, having gone out from the house, was sitting by the sea. 2And large crowds were gathered together to Him, with the result that He stepped into the boat to be sitting down. And the entire crowd had stood on the beach.

            3And He spoke to them many [things] in allegories [or, parables, and throughout book], saying: “Listen! The one sowing went out to be sowing. 4And in his sowing, some [seed] fell beside the road, and the birds came and devoured them. 5But others fell on the rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprouted, because of it not having depth of soil. 6But [the] sun having risen, it was scorched, and because of it not having root, it withered. 7But others fell on the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them. 8But others fell on the good ground and began yielding fruit, some a hundred[fold] and some sixty[fold] and some thirty[fold]. 9The one having ears to be hearing--let him be hearing [or, be paying attention].”

            10And the disciples having come near, said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in allegories?” 11So answering, He said to them, “To you* it has been given to know the secrets [or, mysteries] of the kingdom of the heavens, but to those [ones] it has not been given. 12For whoever has, [more] will be given to him, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 13For this reason I speak in allegories to them, that seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.

            14“And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, the one saying:


      With hearing you* will hear, and by no means will you* understand; and seeing you* will see, and by no means will you* perceive. 15For the heart of this people has become dull [or, insensitive], and they heard heavily with the ears [fig., they are hard of hearing], and they closed their eyes, lest they see with the eyes, and they hear with the ears, and they understand with the heart, and they turn back, and I will heal them. [Isaiah 6:9,10, LXX]


            16“But happy are your* eyes because they see, and your* ears because they hear. 17For positively, I say to you*, many prophets and righteous [people] desired to see what you* see, and they did not see, and to hear what you* hear, and they did not hear.

            18“Therefore, you* pay attention to the allegory of the one sowing: 19Every[one] hearing the word of the kingdom and not understanding [it], the evil [one] comes and snatches away the [word] having been sown in his heart; this is the [seed] having been sown beside the road. 20But the [seed] having been sown on the rocky ground, this is the [one] hearing the word and immediately receives it with joy. 21But he does not have root in himself, but is temporary; and affliction or persecution having taken place because of the word, immediately he is caused to stumble [fig., he falls away]. 22But the [seed] having been sown into the thorns, this is the [one] hearing the word, and the anxiety of this age and the deception of the riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 23And the [seed] having been sown on the good ground: this is the [one] hearing the word and understanding, who indeed bears fruit and produces, some a hundred[fold], but some sixty[fold], but some thirty[fold].”

            24Another allegory He set before them, saying: “The kingdom of the heavens was compared to a person sowing good seed in his field. 25But while the people are sleeping, his enemy came and sowed darnel [i.e., a poisonous weed resembling wheat in the early stages of growth] in the midst of the wheat, and he went away. 26So when the stalk sprouted and yielded fruit, then the darnel appeared also. 27So the slaves [or, indentured servants, and throughout NT] of the landowner, having approached, said to him, ‘Lord, you sowed good seed in your field, did you not? So from where does it have darnel?’ 28So he says to them, ‘A person, an enemy, did this.’ But the slaves said to him, ‘So do you want, having gone away, [that] we will gather them up?’ 29But he was saying, ‘No, lest gathering up the darnel you* uproot the wheat with it. 30Allow both to be growing together until the harvest, and at [the] time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “Gather up first the darnel and bind them into bundles to burn it, but gather up the wheat into my barn.”’”

            31Another allegory He set before them, saying: “The kingdom of the heavens is like a grain of mustard [or, a mustard seed], which having taken, a person sowed in his field, 32which indeed is smaller than all the seeds, but when it is grown is largest of the vegetables. And it becomes a tree, with the result that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”

            33Another allegory He spoke to them: “The kingdom of the heavens is like leaven [or, yeast], which a woman having taken hid in three sata [about 1.5 bushels or 36 liters] of wheat flour, until which [time the] whole was leavened [or, was risen].”

            34All these things Jesus spoke in allegories to the crowds, and without an allegory He did not speak to them, 35in order that the [word] having been spoken through the prophet should be fulfilled, saying, “I will open my mouth in allegories; I will utter things having been hidden before [the] laying of the foundation of [the] world [or, from [the] beginning of the creation of [the] universe].  [Psalm 78:2]

            36Then having dismissed the crowds, Jesus came to the house. And His disciples approached Him, saying, “Explain to us the allegory of the darnel of the field.” 37So answering, He said to them, “The one sowing the good seed is the Son of Humanity. 38And the field is the world, and the good seed, these are the sons [and daughters] of the kingdom, and the darnel are the sons [and daughters] of the evil [one]. 39And the enemy, the one sowing them, is the Devil, and the harvest is [the] conclusion of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40Therefore, just as the darnel is gathered up and will be burned with fire, so will it be at the conclusion of this age. 41The Son of Humanity will send out His angels, and they will gather up out of His kingdom all the stumbling blocks [or, everything that offends] and the ones practicing lawlessness. 42And they will throw them into the furnace of fire [or, the fiery furnace]. In that place [there] will be weeping and gnashing of teeth! 43Then will the righteous [ones] shine forth like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. The one having ears to be hearing, let him be hearing [or, be paying attention].

            44“Again, the kingdom of the heavens is like treasure hid in the field, which a person having found hid, and as a result of his joy, he goes, and all, as much as he has, he sells, and buys that field.

            45“Again, the kingdom of the heavens is like a person, a merchant, seeking precious pearls, 46who having found one very valuable pearl, having gone away, has sold all, as much as he has, and bought it.

            47“Again, the kingdom of the heavens is like to a dragnet having been cast into the sea, and having gathered together [fish] of every kind, 48which, when it was filled, when they dragged [it] up again on the beach, and having sat down, they gathered the good [fish] into containers, but they threw out the rotten [fish]. 49In this manner it will be at the conclusion of the age. The angels will go out and will separate the evil [people] out of [the] midst of the righteous [people] 50and will throw them into the furnace of fire [or, the fiery furnace]. In that place [there] will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!”

            51Jesus says to them, “Did you* understand all these [things]?” They say to Him, “Yes, Lord.” 52Then He said to them, “For this reason, every scribe having been made a disciple in the kingdom of the heavens is like a person, a householder, who brings out from his treasury new and old [things].” 53And it happened, when Jesus finished these allegories, He departed from there.

            54And having come into His hometown [i.e., Nazareth, see Matt 2:23], He was teaching them in their synagogue, with the result that they are being astonished and are saying, “From where to this One [or, Where [did] this One [get]] this wisdom and these miraculous powers? 55This is the Son of the craftsman, is it not? His mother is called Mary, and His brothers [are] James and Joses and Simon and Judas, are they not? 56And His sisters are all with us, are they not? So from where to this One all these [things]?” [or, where then [did] this One [get] all these [things]?”] 57And they were caused to stumble because of Him [fig., were having doubts about Him]. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his house.” 58And He did not perform many miraculous works there because of their unbelief.


Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.zeolla.org/christian).
Previously copyrighted 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.

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