Parable of the Sower

A farmer sowing in the field

English Translation

This farmer is sowing seed in his field. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; the birds ate it up. Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered under the sun. Other seed fell among thorns so it could grow because the thorns choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop. Jesus told this parable and also explained its meaning. Some heard the gospel, and they admitted that it was good, but at the same time their hearts were filled with many other matters, so that they forgot about it. Some  were persecuted, so they abandoned the gospel. These people are like the seed that fell on the rock, because they had no root, they couldn’t grow. Some heard the gospel but just could not stop doing evil and were not self-disciplined. These people are like seed that fell among thorns. They are blinded by the world and cannot grow. Some heard the gospel, but Satan entered into their hearts and took the good seed away. This is like the seed eaten by the birds. But some heard the gospel, believed it, and followed it, repented and corrected themselves, pleading for forgiveness. They also try to spread the gospel to others. These people are like seed that fell on good soil that will yield a crop.

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