Matthew 13:25

But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But while men slept, his enemy came & sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But while men were sleeping, one who had hate for him came and put evil seeds among the grain, and went away.
- Basic English Bible

but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed darnel amongst the wheat, and went away.
- Darby Bible

But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and departed.
- Webster's Bible

but during the night his enemy comes, and over the first seed he sows darnel among the wheat, and goes away.
- Weymouth Bible

but while people slept, his enemy came and sowed darnel weeds also among the wheat, and went away.
- World English Bible

And whanne men slepten, his enemy cam, and sewe aboue taris in the myddil of whete, and wente awei.
- Wycliffe Bible

and, while men are sleeping, his enemy came and sowed darnel in the midst of the wheat, and went away,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 13:25


13:25 But while men slept - They ought to have watched: the Lord of the field sleepeth not. His enemy came and sowed darnel - This is very like wheat, and commonly grows among wheat rather than among other grain: but tares or vetches are of the pulse kind, and bear no resemblance to wheat.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 13:25


Mt 13:25 But while men slept. During sleep is the time of the tare-sowing. His enemy came and sowed. It is by no means uncommon for the malice in the East to show itself in this way. A wicked person may do great injury with little chance of detection. Tares. The tare or darnel is, like our chess or cheat, a kind of bastard wheat, looking like wheat.

Discussion for Matthew 13

  • Word
    Disciple our Lord Jesus explained the parable Himself from Matt. 13:27-42 where God sends His seed, children to earth and the wicked one Satan sends his tares, children to earth. It has nothing to do with our hearts receiving the word. No need to explain it. Christ spoke to these same ones in John 8:44-47 where He said you are of your father the devil.
  • A disciple
    "But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way." We have to understand this in the same context as the Parable of the Sower: it is about OUR hearts receiving the word of God in the Glad Tidings; otherwise then; not only being hardened, with no depth, and choked out by the cares of this world; but being instead sown by the devil, to become his planting!
  • Matt
    @ Word, I see that your eyes are wide open. As our Lord said, "Blessed are your eyes". Cain is the son of the devil (Gen. 3 and 1 John ch. 3 v. 12), and Cain's children, the Kenites, are the tares. Their true identity is revealed in John ch. 8 (v. 44, specifically); Rev. ch. 2 v. 9 and Rev. ch. 3 v. 9. Any of them that refuse to accept The Savior Jesus Christ will be cast into the fire with Satan.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    PARADOX. Our Heavenly Abba Dad and God Almighty Yahweh in and through His Son our everliving Blessed Lord and Savior Christ Yeshua Jesus would never have His people ignorant of what is to come in this end of the age of the gentiles. No man can recieve anything except it be given him from above. THE DREADFUL AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD IS AT HAND ! SHALOM ISRAEL ZION ! COME LORD YESHUA AMEN !
  • Insight 777
    Jesus is the Son of GOD! Satan has Angels! Son of man shall send forth his angels,
  • Randolph Blankenship
    I love this chapter but the part that speaks loudest to me is the wheat and the tares, I believe this scripture speaks loud and clear to the church today. I believe that there are so many people in the church today that fit this scripture, and it is almost scary to think how many people in church today believe that they are a christian when in all actuality they are headed wide open to an eternity

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