Modern Literal Version
[Matthew 13]




     {Mar 4:1-25 & Mat 13:1-23 & Luk 8:4-18 Sea of Galilee.}



     13:1 Now in that day, Jesus went out of the house and was sitting beside the sea. 13:2 And large crowds were gathered to see him, so-that he stepped onto a ship and was sitting, and all the crowd stood upon the beach.



     13:3 And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying: Behold, the sower went forth to sow;13:4and while* he sowed, some fell beside the road and the birds came and devoured them.



     13:5Now others fell upon the rocky-areas, where they did not have much soil and immediately they rose up because they had no depth of soil; 13:6and when* the sun rose, they were burnt, and they dried up because they had no root.



     13:7Now others fell upon the thorns, and the thorns shot up and choked them.



     13:8But now, others fell upon the good soil and were giving fruit, which some was a hundredtimes, but some was sixty, but some thirty.



     13:9He who has ears to hear, let him hear.




     13:10 And the disciples came and said to him, Why do you speak to them in parables?



     13:11 But he answered and said to them, It has been given to youĎ to know the mysteries of the kingdom of the heavens, but it has not given to those men. 13:12For* whoever has, to him will be given and he will abound, but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13:13Because of this, I speak to them in parables, because seeing, they do not see, and hearing, they do not hear, nor do they understand. 13:14 And the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled in them, which says, 'In hearing youĎ will hear and may never* understand, and seeing youĎ will see and may never*know; 13:15for* the heart of this people has become-callous and they have selectively heard with the ears and they have closed their eyes; lest they should see with their eyes and should hear with their ears and should understand with their heart and should turn again and I will be healing them.'{Isa 6:9-10}13:16But yourĎ eyes are fortunate, because they are seeing, and yourĎ ears, because they are hearing. 13:17For* assuredly I am saying to youĎ, that many prophets and righteous men desired to see the things youĎ are seeing and did not see them, and to hear the things youĎ are hearing and did not hear them.




     13:18Therefore youĎ, hearĎ the parable of the sower: 13:19everyone hearing the word of the kingdom and not understanding it, then the evil one comes and takes away what has been sown in his heart. This is he who was sown beside the road.



     13:20And he who was sown upon the rocky-areas, this is he who hears the word and immediatelyis receiving it with joy; 13:21but he does not have root in himself, but is temporary, and when*affliction or persecution has happened to him because of the word, immediately he stumbles.



     13:22And he who was sown among the thorns, this is he who hears the word, and the anxiety of this age and the deception of riches, choke the word and he becomes unfruitful.



     13:23Now he who was sown upon the good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; who bears-fruit and produces some a hundred times, and some sixty, and some thirty!



          {Mat 13:24-30; no parallel.}



     13:24 He placed another parable with them, saying: The kingdom of the heavens is similar to a man who sows good seed in his field; 13:25but while* the men slept, his enemy came and sowed darnels between the stalks of the wheat and went away. 13:26But when the blade sprouted and produced fruit, then the darnels also appeared. 13:27Now the bondservant of the householder came and said to him, Lord, did you not sow good seed in your field? Therefore from where have the darnels come?



     13:28Now he said to them, A man, an enemy, did this.



     Now the bondservants said to him, Therefore do you wish that we go and collect them?



     13:29But he said, No; lest while collecting up the darnels, youĎ may uproot the wheat at the same time with them. 13:30AllowĎ both to be grown together till the harvest, and I will be saying to the reapers in the time of the harvest, CollectĎ first the darnels and bindĎ them in bundles to burn them, but gatherĎ the wheat into my barn.




     {Mar 4:30-34 & Mat 13:31-35.}



     13:31 He placed another parable before them, saying: The kingdom of the heavens is similar to a kernel of a mustard-seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; 13:32which indeed is leastcompared to all of the other seeds, but whenever it is grown, it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so-that the birds of the heaven come and nest in its branches.




     13:33 He spoke another parable to them: The kingdom of the heavens is similar to leaven, which a woman took and hid in three three-gallon containers of flour, until it was entirely leavened.




     13:34 Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the crowds, and he was not speaking to them without a parable; 13:35*that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, 'I will open my mouth in parables. I will be uttering things which have been hidden from the conception of the world.' {Psa 78:2}




     {Mat 13:36-53; no parallel.}



     13:36 Then Jesus, having left the crowds, went into the house and his disciples came to him, saying, Explain to us the parable of the darnels of the field.



     13:37 Now he answered and said to them, He who is sowing the good seed is the Son of Man; 13:38and the field is the world, and the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom, and the darnels are the sons of the evil one; 13:39and the enemy that sowed them is the devil and the harvest is the end of the world, and the reapers are messengers. 13:40Therefore, just-like the darnels is collected and burned in fire; so it will be in the end of this world. 13:41The Son of Man will be sending forth his messengers and they will be collecting out of his kingdom all the offenses and those who are practicing lawlessness, 13:42and will be casting them into the furnace of fireС the weeping and the gnashing of teeth will be there. 13:43Then the righteous will be shining out like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.




     13:44Again, the kingdom of the heavens is similar to a treasure that has been hidden in the field; which a man found and hid, and he goes and sells all his things in his joy, as many things as he has and buys that field.




     13:45Again, the kingdom of the heavens is similar to a man, who is a merchant, seeking beautiful pearls; 13:46who found one very precious pearl, went and sold* all his things, as many things as he had, and bought it.




     13:47Again, the kingdom of the heavens is similar to a dragnet, that was cast into the sea and gathered fish of every variety; 13:48which, when* it was filled, having hauled it up upon the beach, and having sat down, they collected the good into containers, but they cast the rotten outside. 13:49So it will be in the end of the world; the messengers will be going out and separate* the evil from the midst of the righteous, 13:50and will be casting them into the furnace of fireС the weeping and the gnashing of teeth will be there.




     13:51 And Jesus says to them, Have youĎ understood all these things?



     They say to him, Yes, Lord.




     13:52 Now he said to them, Because of this, every scribe who has been made a disciple to the kingdom of the heavens is similar to a man who is a householder, who casts forth out of his treasure, new and old things.




     13:53 And it happened, when Jesus had completed these parables, he took off from there.




     {Mar 6:1-6a & Mat 13:54-58 Nazareth.}



     13:54 And when* he came into his fatherland, he was teaching them in their synagogue, so-that they were astounded and said, From where did this one receive the wisdom and the miracles? 13:55 Is this not the carpenter's son? Is his mother not called* Mary? And his brethren, James and Joses and Simon and Jude? 13:56 And are they not all his sisters with us? Therefore from where did this onereceive all these things? 13:57 And they were being offended at him.



     But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor, except in his fatherland and in his own house.13:58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.





Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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