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Gospel Reading Day 13 “Why dost thou speak to them in parables”

Matthew 13:1 – IN that day Jeshu went forth from the house and sat by the sea-side;

[By the hand of the sea.]

Matthew 13:2 – and great multitudes gathered near him, so that he went up and sat in a vessel;

and all the multitude were standing on the shore of the sea.

Matthew 13:3 – And he discoursed largely to them in parables, and said:

Behold, there went forth a sower to sow;

Matthew 13:4 – and as he sowed, some fell by the road-side, and the fowl came and devoured it.

Matthew 13:5 – Another (portion) fell upon the rock, where there was not much soil;

and immediately [Bar-shoteh, ” the son of its hour.”] it sprung up, because there was no depth of earth.

Matthew 13:6 – But when the sun was risen, it burned, and, because it had no root, it withered away.

Matthew 13:7 – And another fell among the thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked it.

Matthew 13:8 – And another fell into good earth, and gave fruits, this a hundred, another sixty, and another thirty.

Matthew 13:9 – He who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Matthew 13:10 – And his disciples approached, saying to him,

Why dost thou speak to them in parables ?

Matthew 13:11 – He replied and said to them,

Because unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of heaven, but unto them it is not given.

Matthew 13:12 – For unto him who hath, it shall be given, and it shall be increased to him:

Matthew 13:13 – but [as] to him who hath not, that also which he hath shall be taken from him.

On this account I speak to them in parables.

Hence they see, and (yet) see not; and they hear, and (yet) hear not, neither understand;

Matthew 13:14 – and accomplished in them is the prophecy of Eshaia, who said, that hearing they should hear, but not understand, and seeing they should see, but not know.

Matthew 13:15 – For the heart of this people is become gross, and with their ears they have heard heavily, and their eyes they have shut, that they may not see with their eyes, nor hear with their ears, nor understand with their hearts, and be converted, and I heal them.

Matthew 13:16 – But blessed are your eyes which see, and your ears which hear:

Matthew 13:17 – for, Amen I say unto you, that many prophets and just ones have desired to behold what you see, and have not beheld, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard.

Matthew 13:18 – You, then, attend to the comparison of the seed:

Matthew 13:19 – (When) any one who heareth the doctrine of the kingdom doth not understand it, there cometh the evil (one), and snatcheth away the doctrine that was sown in his heart:

this is what by the road-side was sown.

Matthew 13:20 – But that which was sown upon the rock is he who heareth the word, and at once with joy apprehendeth it.

Matthew 13:21 – Yet hath he no root in him, but is (only) for a time; and when affliction or persecution occurs on account of the doctrine, he is quickly offended.

Matthew 13:22 – That sown [in] the place of thorns, is he who heareth the word, but the anxious thought of this world and the illusions of riches stifle the word in him, and he is without fruits.

Matthew 13:23 – But that which upon good ground was sown is he who heareth my doctrine, and understandeth (it), and giveth fruits, and produceth, whether a hundred, or sixty, or thirty fold.

Matthew 13:24 – ANOTHER comparison he allegorized unto them, and said:

The kingdom of heaven is like unto a man who sowed good seed in his field.

Matthew 13:25 – And while men slept, came his adversary, and sowed zizania among the wheat, and went.

Matthew 13:26 – And when the plant sprang up and produced fruit, then appeared the zizania.

Matthew 13:27 – And the labourers of the house-lord drew near and said to him, Our lord, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field ?

From whence then is the zizania in it?

Matthew 13:28 – But he said to them,

A foeman hath done this.

The labourers say to him,

Art thou willing that we go and gather them?

Matthew 13:29 – But he said to them,

(No,) lest, when ye gather the zizania, you root out with them the wheat also.

Matthew 13:30 – Leave (them), that both may grow together till the harvest;

and in the season of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather first the zizania, and bind them (together in) bundles, that they may burn;

but the wheat collect into my barns.

Matthew 13:31 – Another comparison allegorized he to them, and said:

The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard, which a man took and sowed in his field.

Matthew 13:32 – This is less than all other seeds;

but when it has grown, it is greater than all herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the fowl of the heavens come (and) build in its branches.

Matthew 13:33 – Another parable he spake to them:

The kingdom of heaven resembles that leaven which a woman took and hid in three satas

[The seä, or sata, was the third of an ephah.]

of meal, until the whole was leavened.

Matthew 13:34 – All these spake Jeshu in parables to the multitude;

and without a parable he did not speak with them.

Matthew 13:35 – That there should be fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet, who said,

I will open my mouth in comparisons, and pour forth things hidden from before the foundation of the world.

Matthew 13:36 – Then Jeshu dismissed the multitudes, and came into the house;

and his disciples drew near him, and said to him,

Expound to us the comparison of the zizania of the field.

Matthew 13:37 – He answered and said to them,

He who sowed the good seed is the Son of man.

Matthew 13:38 – The field is the world.

Now, the good seed are the sons of the kingdom, but the zizania are the sons of the evil one.

Matthew 13:39 – The adversary who sowed them is Satana;

the harvest is the consummation of the world;

the reapers are the angels.

Matthew 13:40 – As, therefore, the zizania are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be in the completion of this world.

Matthew 13:41 – The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall collect from his kingdom all those who cause offence, and all (who) work iniquity,

Matthew 13:42 – and shall throw them into a furnace of fire;

there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 13:43 – Then the just shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.

He who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Matthew 13:44 – Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure which was hidden in a field, (and) which a man found and concealed, and from joy went and sold all that he had, and bought that field.

Matthew 13:45 – Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man a merchant, who sought goodly pearls;

Matthew 13:46 – but who, when he had found one pearl of exceeding price, went, sold all that he had, and bought it.

Matthew 13:47 – Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, which was thrown into the sea, and from every kind collected.

Matthew 13:48 – And when it was full, they drew to the shore, and sat down, and selected; and the good they threw into vessels, and the bad they cast without.

Matthew 13:49 – Thus shall it be at the consummation of the world.

The angels shall go forth, and separate the evil from among the just,

Matthew 13:50 – and cast them into the furnace of fire;

there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth !

Matthew 13:51 – Jeshu said to them,

Have you understood all these ?

They say to him,

Yes, our Lord.

Matthew 13:52 – He saith to them, On this account every scribe who is learned in the kingdom of heaven, is like to a man a house-lord, who bringeth forth from his treasuries the new and the old.

Matthew 13:53 – AND when Jeshu had finished these parables, he passed from thence,

Matthew 13:54 – and came to his city, and taught them in their synagogues, so that they were astounded and said,

Whence hath he (Whence to him) this wisdom and these powers ?

Matthew 13:55 – Is not this the son of the carpenter ?

Is not his mother called Mariam, and his brothers, Jakub, and Josi, and Shemun, and Jehuda?

Matthew 13:56 – and his sisters, all, are they not with us?

Whence to this one all these?

Matthew 13:57 – And they were offended with him.

But Jeshu said to them,

No prophet is contemned except in his own city, and in his own house.

Matthew 13:58 – And he did not many miracles there on account of their unbelief.

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