The Parable of the Sower

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea [and] began to teach. And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town, a very large crowd, he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root [and] no moisture, it withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.”

Matthew 13:1; Mark 4:1; Luke 8:4; Mark 4:2-4; Luke 8:5; Mark 4:5-6; Luke 8:6; Matthew 13:6-9