And in a similar way these are the ones sown with seed
on the rocky places,
who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy;
they have no firm
root in themselves, but are only
temporary; then, when affliction or persecution occurs because of the word, immediately theyfall away.
And others are the ones sown with seed
among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word,
but the worries of theworld, and the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desires for other things enter and choke the word, and itbecomes unfruitful.
And those are the ones sown with seed
on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it
and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundred times as much.
And He was saying to them, 'A lamp is not brought to be put under abasket, or under a bed, is it? Is it not brought
to be put on the lampstand?
For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything
been secret, but that it would come to light.
If anyone has ears to hear,let him hear.'
And He was saying to them, 'Take care what you listen to.By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more
will be given you besides.
For whoever has, to him more
will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.'
And He was saying, 'The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil;
and he goes to bed at night and gets up daily, and the seed sprouts and grows—how, he himself does not know.