Matthew 13:3

“And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And hee spake many things vnto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went foorth to sow.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, "Behold, the sower went out to sow;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he spake to them many things in parables, saying, Behold, the sower went forth to sow;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he gave them teaching in the form of a story, saying, A man went out to put seed in the earth;
- Basic English Bible

And he spoke to them many things in parables, saying, Behold, the sower went out to sow:
- Darby Bible

And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
- Webster's Bible

He then spoke many things to them in figurative language. "The sower goes out," He said, "to sow.
- Weymouth Bible

He spoke to them many things in parables, saying, "Behold, a farmer went out to sow.
- World English Bible

And he spac to hem many thingis in parablis, and seide, Lo! he that sowith, yede out to sowe his seed.
- Wycliffe Bible

and he spake to them many things in similes, saying: `Lo, the sower went forth to sow,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 13:3


13:3 In parables - The word is here taken in its proper sense, for apt similes or comparisons. This way of speaking, extremely common in the eastern countries, drew and fixed the attention of many, and occasioned the truths delivered to sink the deeper into humble and serious hearers. At the same time, by an awful mixture of justice and mercy, it hid them from the proud and careless. In this chapter our Lord delivers seven parables; directing the four former (as being of general concern) to all the people; the three latter to his disciples. Behold the sower - How exquisitely proper is this parable to be an introduction to all the rest! In this our Lord answers a very obvious and a very important question. The same sower, Christ, and the same preachers sent by him, always sow the same seed: why has it not always the same effect? He that hath ears to hear, let him hear!


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 13:3


Mt 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables. Of which only samples are preserved, even by Matthew, and still fewer in the other Gospels. Parables. Narratives designed to convey spiritual instruction. The parable differs from the proverb in being a "narrative", from the fable is being "true to nature", from the myth in being "undeceptive", from the allegory in that it "veils the spiritual truth". Behold, a sower went forth to sow. It is "the sower" in the original. There was grain land on every side, and the figure was familiar to every hearer. There are no farm houses in Palestine. All live in towns or villages. Hence, the farmers "go forth" to sow.

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