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sels of the Kingdom of Heaven,” he answered them, “ but to them it is not given.

For whoever has,

To him will be given
And he will have abundance.

But whoever has not,
From him will be taken

Even what he has. So I speak to them in parables because they see and do not see, they hear and do not hear, nor do they understand. And to them is completely fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah.

Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand.
Seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive,
For this people's heart hath become gross.
Their ears are dull of hearing,

Their eyes they have closed,

Lest they should see with their eyes,
Hear with their ears
Understand with their heart,
Should be converted,
And I should cure them.

But blessed are your eyes, for they see,
Your ears for they hear.

For to tell you the truth :
Many prophets and good men have desired


To see what you see, and have not seen them. To hear what you hear, and have not heard


So hear the parable of the sower.

When any one hears the word of the Kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and catches away what was sown in his heart.

This is he who was sown by the road.

He who was sown on the rocky places, this is he who hears the word and at once with joy receives it. Yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation and persecution rises because of the word he is at once offended.

He who was sown among the thorns, this is he who hears the word, and the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word and he becomes unfruitful.

He who was sown on the good ground, this is he who hears the word and takes it in ; who truly keeps bearing fruit and bringing forth, some a hundred-fold, some sixty, some thirty.

He set another parable before them :

The Kingdom of Heaven is compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But

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while men were asleep his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat and went away. But when the blade sprang up and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

So the slaves of the owner came and said to him :

“Master; did you not sow good seed in your field ? How then has it tares ? “An enemy has done this.”

you then wish us to go and gather them

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“No, lest while you gather up the tares you root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together till the harvest : and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather up first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn."

He set another parable before them :

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took, and sowed in his field. This is, indeed, less than all seeds, but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches of it.

He spoke another parable to them: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like leaven, which

a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened."

Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the crowds, and without a parable he spoke nothing to them: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet:

I will open my mouth in parables.

I will utter things hidden
From the foundation of the world.

Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him:

Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field," they said.

“He who sows the good seed is the Son of man,” he answered. “The field is the world. The good seed, these are the sons of the Kingdom. The tares are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world, and the reapers are angels.

So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so will it be in the end of the world. The Son of man will send out his angels, and they will gather out of his Kingdom everything which offends and those who are wicked, and will throw them into the furnace of fire.


There will be the weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Then will the righteous shine out like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

The Kingdom of Heaven-is like a treasure hid in the field, which a man found and hid, and in his joy he goes and sells whatever he has and buys that field.

Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant seeking costly pearls; and when he had found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all he had and bought it.

Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a net which was cast into the sea and gathered of every kind; which, when it was filled, they drew upon the beach and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels but threw the bad away.

So it will be in the end of the world. The angels will come out and separate the wicked from among the good and throw them into the furnace of fire.

There will be the weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Have you understood all these things ?"
They say to him, “Yes."

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