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 away from the house and was sitting beside the sea. 13:2 And large crowds were gathered to see him, so-then he stepped onto a ship to sit, 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 after the sun rose, they were burnt, and they dried up because they have 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 near 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 you* to know the mysteries of the kingdom of the heavens, but it has not been 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 you* will hear and should never understand, and seeing you* will see and should never know; 13:15for* the heart of this people became-callous and they have selectively heard with their ears and they 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 your* eyes are fortunate, because they are seeing, and your* ears, because they are hearing. 13:17For* assuredly I am saying to you*, that many prophets and righteous men desired to see the things you* are seeing and did not see them, and to hear the things you* are hearing and did not hear them.

     13:18Therefore you*, hear* the parable of the sower: 13:19everyone hearing the word of the kingdom and not understanding it, then the evil one comes and seizes 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 after affliction or persecution has happened to him because of the word, immediately he stumbles.

     13:22And he who was sown into 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 before them, saying: The kingdom of the heavens was compared to a man who sows good seed in his field; 13:25but while* the men were sleeping, 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 bondservants of the householder came near and said to him, Lord, did you not sow good seed in your field? Therefore from where have thedarnels come?

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

     Now the bondservants said to him, Therefore do you wish that after we have gone away, that we will collect them?

     13:29But he said, No; lest while collecting up the darnels, you* may uproot the wheat at the same time with them. 13:30Allow* both to be grown together till the harvest, and I will be saying to the reapers in the time of the harvest, Collect* first the darnels and bind* them in bundles in order to burn them, but gather* 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-then 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 are 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 the ones 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 proceeds away and sells all his things from 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 has 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, they 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, Did you* understood all these things?

     They say to him, Yes, Lord.

     13:52 Now he said to them, Because of this, every scribe who was 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 after he came into his fatherland, he was teaching them in their synagogue, so-then forthem to be astounded and to say, From where did this one receive the wisdom and the miracles? 13:55Is 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 his sisters, are they not all 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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