Chapter 33



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(Mat 13:1-9)  The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

1.       parables = Gk: a similitude ("parable"), i.e. (symbolic) fictitious narrative (of common life conveying a moral), apothegm or adage:--comparison, figure, parable, proverb /// to throw alongside, i.e. to reach a place, or (fig.) to liken:--arrive, compare.

2.       (Mark 4:13) And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

3.       (Luke 8:11) Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

(Mat 13:10-17)  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know [understand] the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath [understanding], to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance [of understanding]: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath [i.e. stony places people]. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross [to thicken, i.e. (by impl.) to fatten (fig. stupefy or render callous)], 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. 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.

(Mat 13:18-23)  Hear ye [i.e. as in “understand”] therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word [seed] of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one [Satan, the devil], and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart [“lest they should believe and be saved” Luke 8:12]. This is he which received seed by the way [road] side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon [immediately] with joy receiveth it; 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 [to entrapped, i.e. tripped up (fig. stumble or enticed to sin, apostasy); “fall away” Luke 8:13]. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care [distractions] of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, [“and the lusts of other things entering in” Mark 4:19; “and pleasures of this life” Luke 8:14] choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful [“and bring no fruit to perfection” Luke 8:14]. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty [How?].

1.       (Isa 11:10)  And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign [banner /// to gleam from afar] of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. [Rom 15:12]

2.       choke = Gk: to strangle completely, i.e. (lit.) to drown, or (fig.) to crowd:--choke, throng /// DERIVED FROM TWO WORDS /// denoting union; with or together, i.e. by association, companionship, possession /// AND /// to wheeze, i.e. to throttle or strangle (drown):--choke, take by the throat.


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