1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2Many, many people gathered around Jesus. So Jesus got into a boat and sat down. All the people stayed on the shore. 3Then Jesus used stories to teach the people many things. Jesus said: “A farmer went out to plant his seed. 4While the farmer was planting, some seed fell by the road. The birds came and ate all that seed. 5Some seed fell on rocky ground. The ground there did not have enough dirt. The seed grew very fast there, because the ground was not deep. 6But when the sun rose, it burned the plants. The plants died because they did not have deep roots. 7Some other seed fell among thorny weeds. The weeds grew and stopped the good plants from growing. 8Some other seed fell on good ground. In the good ground, the seed grew and made grain. Some plants made 100 times more grain. Some plants made 60 times more, and some made 30 times more grain. 9You people that hear me, listen!” 10The followers came to Jesus and asked, “Why do you use these stories to teach the people?” 11Jesus answered, “Only you can know the secret truths about the kingdom of heaven. Those other people cannot know these secret truths. 12The person that has ˻some understanding˼ will be given more. And he will have even more than he needs. But the person that does not have ˻much understanding˼ will lose even the little ˻understanding˼ that he has. 13This is why I use these stories to teach the people: The people see, but they don’t really see. The people hear, but they don’t really understand. 14So these people show that the things Isaiah said about them are true: 'You people will listen and you will hear, but you will not understand. You people will look and you will see, but you will not understand what you see. 15Yes, the minds of these people ˻(the Jews)˼ are now closed. They have ears, but they don’t listen. And they refuse to see ˻the truth˼. If their minds were not closed, they might see with their eyes; they might hear with their ears; they might understand with their minds. Then they might turn back to me and be healed.’ 16But you are blessed. You understand the things you see with your eyes. And you understand the things you hear with your ears. 17I tell you the truth. Many prophets and good people wanted to see the things that you now see. But they did not see these things. And many prophets and good people wanted to hear the things that you now hear. But they did not hear these things. 18”So listen to the meaning of that story about the farmer. 19What is the seed that fell by the path? That seed is like the person that hears the teaching about the kingdom but does not understand it. The Evil One ˻(the devil)˼ comes and takes away the things that were planted in that person’s heart. 20And what is the seed that fell on rocky ground? That seed is like the person that hears the teaching and quickly and gladly accepts that teaching. 21But that person does not let the teaching go deep into his life. He keeps that teaching only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the teaching he accepted, then he quickly quits. 22And what is the seed that fell among the thorny weeds? That seed is like the person that hears the teaching but lets worries about this life and love for money stop that teaching from growing. So the teaching does not make fruit ˻in that person’s life˼. 23But what is the seed that fell on the good ground? That seed is like the person that hears the teaching and understands it. That person grows and makes fruit, sometimes 100 times more, sometimes 60 times more, and sometimes 30 times more.” 24Then Jesus used another story to teach them. Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a man that planted good seed in his field. 25That night, all the people were asleep. The man’s enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat. Then the enemy went away. 26Later, the wheat grew and heads of grain grew on the wheat plants. But at the same time the weeds also grew. 27Then the man’s servants came to him and said, 'You planted good seed in your field. Where did the weeds come from?’ 28”The man answered, 'An enemy planted weeds.’ “The servants asked, 'Do you want us to go pull the weeds?’ 29”The man answered, 'No, because when you pull up the weeds, you might also pull up the wheat. 30Let the weeds and the wheat grow together until the harvest time. At the harvest time I will tell the workers this: First gather the weeds and tie them together to be burned. Then gather the wheat and bring it to my barn.’” 31Then Jesus told the people another story: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed. A person plants that seed in his field. 32That seed is one of the smallest of all seeds. But when the seed grows, it is one of the largest garden plants. It becomes a tree, big enough for the birds to come and make nests in its branches.” 33Then Jesus told the people another story: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman mixes into a big bowl of flour to make bread. The yeast makes all the dough ˻(bread)˼ rise.” 34Jesus used stories to tell all these things to the people. Jesus always used stories to teach the people. 35This is the same as what the prophet said: “I will speak using stories; I will tell things that have been secrets since the world was made.” 36Then Jesus left the people and went into the house. His followers came to him and said, “Explain to us the meaning of the story about the weeds in the field.” 37Jesus answered, “The person that planted the good seed in the field is the Son of Man. 38The field is the world. The good seed are all the people who belong to God’s kingdom. The weeds are those people that belong to the Evil One ˻(the devil)˼. 39And the enemy that planted the bad seed is the devil. The harvest time is the end of the world. And the workers that gather are God’s angels. 40”The weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire. It will be the same at the end of the world. 41The Son of Man will send his angels, and his angels will find the people that cause sin and all people that do evil. The angels will take those people out of his kingdom. 42The angels will throw those people into the place of fire. In that place the people will be crying and grinding their teeth ˻with pain˼. 43Then the good people will shine like the sun. They will be in the kingdom of their Father. You people that hear me, listen! 44”The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. One day a man found the treasure. The man was very happy to find the treasure. He hid the treasure in the field again. The man went and sold everything that he owned to buy that field. 45”Also, the kingdom of heaven is like a salesman looking for fine pearls. 46One day the salesman found a very fine pearl. The salesman went and sold everything he had to buy that pearl. 47”Also, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was put into the lake. The net caught many different kinds of fish. 48The net became full, so the fishermen pulled the net to the shore. The fishermen sat down and put all the good fish in baskets. Then they threw away the bad fish. 49It will be the same at the end of the world. The angels will come and separate the evil people from the good people. 50The angels will throw the evil people into the place of fire. In that place the people will cry and grind their teeth ˻with pain˼.” 51˻Then Jesus asked his followers,˼ “Do you understand all these things?” The followers said, “Yes, we understand.” 52Then Jesus said to the followers, “So every teacher of the law who has been taught ˻the new things˼ about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house. He has new things and old things saved in that house. And he brings out those new things with the old things.” 53When Jesus finished teaching with these stories, he left there. 54Jesus went to the town where he grew up. Jesus taught the people in the synagogue, and the people were amazed. The people said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and this power to do miracles? 55This is only the son of the carpenter. And his mother is Mary. His brothers are James, Joseph, Simon and Judas. 56And all his sisters are here with us. So where does this man get this wisdom and the power to do these things?” 57And the people refused to accept Jesus. But Jesus said to the people, “Other people give honor to a prophet. But people in that prophet’s own town or own home don’t give honor to him.” 58The people there did not believe in Jesus. So Jesus did not do many miracles there.