The parables of the sower of the cockle: of the mustard seed,
1 The same day Jesus going out of the house, sat by the sea-side.
2 *And great multitudes were gathered unto him, so that he went up into
a boat and sat: and all the multitudes stood on the shore.
3 And he spoke to them many things in parables, saying: Behold the sower
went forth to sow;
4 And whilst he soweth, some fell by the way side, and the birds of the
air came and ate them up.
5 And other some fell upon stony ground, where they had not much earth:
and they sprung up immediately, because they had no deepness of earth.
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched: and because they had not
root, they withered away.
7 And others fell among thorns: and the thorns grew up and choaked them.
8 And others fell upon good ground: and they brought forth fruit, some
a hundred-fold, some sixty-fold, and some thirty-fold.
9 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And his disciples came and said to him: Why speakest thou to them in
11 He answered and said to them: Because to you it is given to know the
mysteries of the kingdom of heaven: but to them it is not given.
12 *For he that hath, to him shall be given, and he shall abound, but he
that hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he hath.
13 Therefore do I speak to them in parables: because seeing they see not,
and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And the prophecy of Isaias is fulfilled in them, who saith: *By hearing
you shall hear, and shall not understand: and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive.
15 For the heart of this people is grown gross, and with their ears they
have been dull of hearing, and their eyes they have shut: lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with
their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because
17 *For, amen, I say to you, many prophets and just men have desired to
see the things that you see, and have not seen them: and to hear the things that you hear, and have not heard them.
18 Hear you therefore the parable of the sower.
19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not,
there cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart: this is he that received the seed by the
20 And he who received the seed upon stony ground, is he that heareth the
word, and immediately receiveth it with joy.
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but is only for a time: and when there
ariseth tribulation and persecution because of the word, he is presently scandalized.
22 And he who received the seed among thorns, is he that heareth the word,
and the care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choak up the word, and he becometh fruitless.
23 But he who received the seed into good ground, is he that heareth the
word, and understandeth and beareth fruit, and yieldeth one a hundred-fold, and another sixty, and another thirty.
24 *Another parable he proposed to them, saying: The kingdom of heaven
is likened to a man that sowed good seeds in his field.
25 But while men were asleep, his enemy came and oversowed cockle among
the wheat, and went his way.
26 And when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared
also the cockle.
27 Then the servants of the master of the house came and said to him: Master,
didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it cockle?
28 And he said to them: An enemy hath done this. And the servants said
to him: Wilt thou that we go and gather it up?
29 And he said: No, lest perhaps while ye gather up the cockle, you root
up the wheat also together with it.
30 Let both grow until the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will
say to the reapers: Gather up first the cockle, and bind it into bundles to burn, but gather the wheat into my barn.
31 *Another parable he proposed to them, saying: The kingdom of heaven
is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field.
32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown up, it
is greater than any herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come, and dwell in the branches thereof.
33 Another parable he spoke to them: *The kingdom of heaven is like to
leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, until the whole was leavened.
34 All these things Jesus spoke in parables to the multitudes: and without
parables he did not speak to them.
35 That the word might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:
*I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world.
36 *Then having sent away the multitudes, he came into the house, and his
disciples came to him, saying: Explain to us the parable of the cockle in the field.
37 He made answer, and said to them: He that soweth the good seed, is the
Son of man.
38 And the field is the world. And the good seed are the children of the
kingdom. And the cockle are the children of the wicked one.
39 And the enemy that sowed them, is the devil. *But the harvest is the
end of the world. And the reapers are the angels.
40 Even as cockle therefore is gathered up, and burnt with fire, so shall
it be at the end of the world.
41 The Son of man shall send his angels, and they shall gather out of his
kingdom all scandals, and them that work iniquity.
42 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping
and gnashing of teeth.
43 *Then shall the just shine as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father.
He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
44 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in a field: which,
when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth, and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant seeking good pearls.
46 Who when he had found one pearl of great price, went his way, and sold
all that he had, and bought it.
47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a net cast into the sea, and
gathering together of all kind of fishes.
48 Which, when it was filled, they drew out, and sitting by the shore they
chose out the good into vessels, but the bad they cast forth.
49 So shall it be at the end of the world, the angels shall go out, and
shall separate the wicked from among the just.
50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping
and gnashing of teeth.
51 Have ye understood all these things? They say to him: Yea.
52 He said unto them: Therefore every scribe instructed in the kingdom
of heaven, is like to a master of a house, who bringeth forth out of his treasure new things and old.
53 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed
54 *And coming into his own country he taught them in their synagogues,
so that they wondered, and said: How came this man by this wisdom, and miracles?
55 *Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary; and
his brethren James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Jude?
56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath he all these
57 And they were scandalized in his regard. But Jesus said to them: A prophet
is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.
58 And he wrought not many miracles there, because of their unbelief.
2: about the year A.D. 31.; Mark iv. 1.; Luke viii. 4.
12: Matthew xxv. 29.
14: Isaias vi. 9.; Mark iv. 12.; Luke viii. 10.; John xii. 40.; Acts xxviii.
26.; Romans xi. 8.
17: Luke x. 24.
24: Mark iv. 26.
31: Mark iv. 31.; Luke xiii. 19.
33: Luke xiii. 21.
35: Psalm lxxvii. 2.
36: Mark iv. 34.
39: Apocalypse xiv. 15.
43: Wisdom iii. 7.; Daniel xii. 3.
54: Mark vi. 1.; Luke iv. 16.
55: John vi. 42.