4:1 And again he began to teach by the sea. And there came together to him a very great multitude, so that he entered into a ship and sat in the sea, and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.
2 And he taught them many things in parables, and said to them in his teaching:
3 Hear; Behold, the sower went forth to sow.
4 And it came to pass while he sowed some fell by the way, and the birds came and ate it up.
5 And other fell on the rocky place, where it had not much earth; and it immediately sprung up because it had not depth of earth;
6 And when the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root it withered.
7 And other fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it and it produced no fruit.
8 And others fell on good ground and yielded fruit, growing up and increasing, and produced to thirty and to sixty and to a hundred.
9 And he said: He that has ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And when he was alone, those about him with the twelve asked him about the parables.
11 And he said to them: To you is given the mystery of the kingdom of God but to them that are without all things are done in parables;
12 that seeing they may see and may not perceive; and hearing they may hear and not understand; lest perhaps they should turn and it; should be forgiven them.
13 And he says to them: Know you not this parable, and how will you know all parables?
14 The sower sows the word.
15 But these are they that are by the way side where the word is sown; and when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them.
16 And these are they in like manner that were sown on the rocky places; who when they hear the word immediately with joy receive it;
17 And yet they have no root in themselves, but endure for a time: then when affliction or persecution arises because of the word they immediately take offense.
18 And others are they that were sown over the thorns: these are they that hear the word,
19 And the cares of the age, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires about other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
20 And they that were sown on good ground are those who hear the word and receive it, and bring forth fruit in thirties, and in sixties, and in hundreds.
21 And he said to them: Is a lamp brought that it may be put under the measure or under the bed? Is it not brought that it may be put on the lampstand?
22 For there is nothing hid, unless that it may be made manifest: nor was any thing concealed, but that it might come into open view.
23 If any one has ears to hear, let him hear.
24 And he said to them: Take heed what you hear. With what measure you measure it shall be measured to you, and more shall be given to you.
25 For he that has, to him shall be given; and he that has not, even that which he has shall be taken from him.
26 And he said: So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should sow seed upon the earth,
27 And should sleep and awake night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he knows not how.
28 The earth of its own accord brings forth fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
29 But when the fruit shall have presented itself, immediately he sends forth the sickle, because the harvest is ready.
30 And he said: How shall we liken the kingdom of God, or with what parable shall we set it forth?
31 It is like a grain of mustard, which, when it is sown on the earth, is less than all the seeds that are on the earth;
32 And yet when it is sown, it springs up and becomes greater than all garden-plants, and; makes great branches, so that the birds of heaven can lodge under its shadow.
33 And with many such parables spoke he the word to them, as they were able to hear;
34 But without a parable spoke he not to them; but privately he explained all things to his disciples.
35 And on that day when it was evening he says to them: Let us pass over to the other side.
36 And leaving the multitude they took him as he was in the ship, and there were also other ships with him.
37 And there came a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that the ship was now full.
38 And he was sleeping in the prow on the boat-cushion; and they awoke him and said to him: Teacher, carest thou not that we perish?
39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea: Peace be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
40 And he said to them: Why are you so fearful? How have you no faith?
41 And they were afraid with great fear, and said one to another: Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?