Passage: Luke 8:4-15 (RSV)

Luke 8

4And when a great crowd came together and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable:
5"A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it.
6And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.
7And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it.
8And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold." As he said this, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
9And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant,
10he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.
11Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
12The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved.
13And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.
14And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.
15And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience.

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