Joshua tells the parable of the four soils
1 The same day went Joshua out of the house, and sat by the sea side and he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude out of every city, , so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.
2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine
3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, (and moisture)it withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Joshua tells the parable of the growing seed
10 And he said,
So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
11 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.
12 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
13 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
Joshua tells the parable of the weeds
14 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying,
The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
15 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
16 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
17 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
18 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
19 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
20 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
Joshua tells the parable of the mustard seed
21 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying,
Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a
man took, and sowed in his field:
22 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
Joshua tells the parable of the yeast
23 Another parable spake he unto them;
The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three
measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
24 All these things spake Joshua unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
25 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
Joshua tells the parable of the hidden treasure
26 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath,
and buyeth that field.
Joshua tells the parable of the pearl merchant
27 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
Joshua tells the parable of the fishing net
28 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
29 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
30 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
31 Joshua saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things?
They say unto him, Yea, Lord.
32 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.
Joshua explains the parable of the four soils
33 Then Joshua sent the multitude away, and went into the house And when he was alone, the Disciples came unto him, (that were about him are the twelve) and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? for they were about asked of him the parable.
34 He answered and said unto them,
Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but
to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
35 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
36 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
37 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them (their sins should be forgiven).
38 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
39 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?
40 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
41 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. The seed is the word of God. The sower soweth the word.
42 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one(satan),
and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart, , lest they should believe and be saved. This is he which received seed by the way side.
43 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
44 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
45 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in choke the word, and and bring no fruit to perfection
46 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, which in an honest and good heart and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, with patience. some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
47 And he said unto them,
Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?
48 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.
49 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
50 And he said unto them,
Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.
51 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.
and his disciples said, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
Joshua explains the parable of the weeds
52 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
53 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
54 As therefore
the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this
55 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
56 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
57 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.