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Matthew 13:1-58

The Parable of the Sower

1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

10The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

11He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;

though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

14In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

“ ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;

you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.

15For this people’s heart has become calloused;

they hardly hear with their ears,

and they have closed their eyes.

Otherwise they might see with their eyes,

hear with their ears,

understand with their hearts

and turn, and I would heal them.’13:15 Isaiah 6:9,10 (see Septuagint)

16But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

18“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

The Parable of the Weeds

24Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

28“ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

29“ ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ ”

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast

31He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

33He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds13:33 Or about 27 kilograms of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

34Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet:

“I will open my mouth in parables,

I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”13:35 Psalm 78:2

The Parable of the Weeds Explained

36Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”

37He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

40“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

The Parable of the Net

47“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. 49This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

51“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.

“Yes,” they replied.

52He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”

A Prophet Without Honor

53When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. 54Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. 55“Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? 56Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57And they took offense at him.

But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.”

58And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

Mateo 13:1-58

Ogufo Ho Bɛ

1Da no ara Yesu fii adi kɔtenaa mpoano. 2Nnipakuw kyeree so wɔ hɔ a ɛmaa no kɔtenaa ɔkorow bi mu a na nnipakuw no nso gyinagyina mpoano hɔ. 3Ofii ase kyerɛkyerɛɛ wɔn wɔ mmebu mu se, “Da bi okuafo bi kɔɔ nʼafum koguu aba. 4Ogu so regu no, aba no bi guu ɔkwan mu maa nnomaa bɛsosɔw ne nyinaa. 5Bi nso koguu ɔbotan so. Ankyɛ na aba no fifii. 6Esiane sɛ na dɔte a ɛwɔ ɔbotan no so sua no nti, owia bɔɔ so no, ne nyinaa hyewee. 7Aba no bi nso guu nsɔe mu, na nsɔe no nyin no emiaa no. 8Aba no bi guu asase pa mu. Enyin, sow aba mmɔho aduasa; bi aduosia na afoforo nso ɔha. 9Nea ɔwɔ aso no, ma ontie!”

Nea Enti A Yesu Kasa Wɔ Mmebu Mu

10Owiee ne nkyerɛkyerɛ no, nʼasuafo no baa ne nkyɛn bebisaa no se, “Adɛn na daa wonam mmebu so kasa kyerɛ nnipa no?”

11Yesu buaa wɔn se, “Mo de, wɔde Ɔsoro Ahenni ho ahintasɛm ama mo na wɔn de, wɔmmfa mmaa wɔn ɛ. 12Nea ɔwɔ biribi no, wɔbɛma no bi aka ho na wanya ama abu no so. Na nea onni ahe bi no, kakra a ɔwɔ no mpo, wobegye afi ne nsam. 13Nea enti a ɛma mekasa kyerɛ wɔn mmebu mu no ne sɛ,

“Wohu de, nanso wonhu;

wɔte de, na wɔnte ase.

14Wɔn so na ɛnam ama Yesaia nkɔm a ɔhyɛe se,

“ ‘Ɔte de, mobɛte, nanso morente ase;

ohu de, mubehu, nanso morenhu no, aba mu.

15Efisɛ ɔman yi koma apirim.

Wɔyɛ asoɔden;

wɔakatakata wɔn ani.

Sɛ ɛnte saa a anka wɔn ani behu ade,

na wɔn aso ate asɛm

na wɔn koma ate asɛm ase,

na wɔanu wɔn ho asan aba me nkyɛn na masa wɔn yare.’

16Na mo de, wɔahyira mo ani efisɛ ehu ade; wɔahyira mo aso efisɛ ɛte asɛm. 17Na me de, mereka akyerɛ mo se, adiyifo ne atreneefo pii pɛɛ sɛ wohu nea muhu no, nanso wɔanhu. Wɔpɛɛ sɛ wɔte nea mote no, nanso wɔante.

Ogufo Ho Bɛ No Nkyerɛase

18“Afei muntie bɛ a ɛfa ogufo a okoguu aba wɔ nʼafum no no nkyerɛase. 19Wɔn a wotie Onyankopɔn asɛm no, na wɔnte ase no te sɛ aba a eguu ɔkwan mu no. Ɔbɔnefo no ba, behwim nea wɔadua wɔ wɔn koma mu no. 20Aba a eguu ɔbotan so no gyina hɔ ma wɔn a wɔte asɛm no, na wɔde anigye so mu. 21Nanso asɛm no nnyina wɔ wɔn mu. Eyi nti ɛnkyɛ na asɛm no awu. Esiane sɛ asɛm no awu nti, sɛ ɔhaw anaa ɔtaa bi ba a, wɔpa abaw. 22Aba a eguu nsɔe mu no gyina hɔ ma wɔn a wotie asɛm no, nanso wiase yi mu abrabɔ mu haw ne agyapade ho dadwen nti ɛmma asɛm no ntumi nyɛ wɔn mu adwuma. 23Na aba a eguu asase pa mu no gyina hɔ ma wɔn a wotie asɛm no, na wɔte ase. Wɔsow aba mmɔho aduasa; bi aduosia; na afoforo nso, ɔha.”

Nwura Ho Bɛ

24Yesu de bɛ foforo kaa asɛm se, “Ɔsoro Ahenni no te sɛ okuafo bi a oduaa aburow wɔ nʼafum. 25Da koro anadwo a wada no, ne tamfo nso beduaa nwura fraa aburow a wadua no. 26Aburow no renyin no, na nwura no nso renyin.

27“Okuafo no apaafo bɛka kyerɛɛ no se, ‘Owura, aburow a wuduae no, nwura bi afifi wɔ ase!’

28“Okuafo no buae se, ‘Ɔtamfo bi na oduae!’

“Apaafo no bisaa no se, ‘Wopɛ sɛ yekotutu saa nwura no ana?’

29“Obuaa wɔn se, ‘Dabi da!’ Anyɛ a na moatutu aburow no bi afra nwura no. 30Momma ne nyinaa nyin nkosi twabere na mama atwafo ayiyi nwura no afi aburow no mu ahyew no, na wɔde aburow no nso agu asan so.”

Onyaa Aba Ho Bɛ

31Yesu buu wɔn bɛ foforo se, “Ɔsoro Ahenni te sɛ onyaa aba ketewa bi a obi duaa wɔ nʼafum. 32Ɛyɛ aba ketewaa bi, nanso sɛ enyin a, ɛyɛ dutan kɛse ma nnomaa kosisi ne mman so.”

Mmɔkaw Ho Bɛ

33Obuu wɔn bɛ foforo se, “Ɔsoro Ahenni te sɛ mmɔkaw bi a brodotofo de fɔtɔw mmɔre ma etu.”

34Yesu nam mmebu so ɔkasa kyerɛɛ nnipadɔm no. 35Enti ɔhyɛɛ nea adiyifo no ahyɛ ho nkɔm no mma se:

“Mɛkasa mmebu mu,

na maka anwonwade mu ahintasɛm a efi adebɔ mfiase.”

Nwura Ho Bɛ No Nkyerɛase

36Afei Yesu fii nnipadɔm no nkyɛn kɔɔ fie. Nʼasuafo no baa ne nkyɛn bɛka kyerɛɛ no se ɔnkyerɛ wɔn bɛ a ɛfa nwura ne aburow ho no ase.

37Yesu buaa wɔn se, “Me Onipa Ba no, mene okuafo a oduaa aburow no. 38Afuw no ne wiase, na aburow no nso gyina hɔ ma wɔn a wɔyɛ Ahenni no mma; nwura no nso gyina hɔ ma wɔn a wɔyɛ ɔbonsam mma. 39Ɔtamfo a oduaa nwura fraa aburow no ne ɔbɔnefo no. Otwabere no yɛ wiase awiei; atwafo no ne abɔfo no.

40“Sɛnea asɛnka no mu, wotutuu nwura no fii aburow no mu kɔhyew no no, saa ara na ɛbɛyɛ wɔ wiase awiei. 41Onipa Ba no bɛsoma nʼabɔfo, na wɔabɛboaboa wɔn a wɔpɛ bɔne, nsɛmmɔnedifo nyinaa ano afi Ahenni no mu, 42na wɔatow wɔn agu ogyatannaa no mu, ahyew wɔn. Ɛhɔ na osu ne setwɛre wɔ. 43Na atreneefo no bɛhyerɛn sɛ owia wɔ wɔn Agya Ahenni no mu. Nea ɔwɔ aso no, ma ontie!”

Ademude Ne Ahene Pa Ho Mmɛ

44Yesu toaa mmebu no so se, “Ɔsoro Ahenni no te sɛ ademude bi a obi kohuu wɔ afuw bi mu.13.44 Tete no, esiane sɛ na sikakorabea biara nni baabi nti, na wɔde ademude sie fam. Ɔkataa so, na ɔde ahopere kɔtɔn nʼahode nyinaa, de kɔtɔɔ afuw no.

45“Bio, Ɔsoro Ahenni te sɛ obi a odi nhene pa ho gua a ɔrehwehwɛ nhene pa atɔ. 46Okonyaa bi a ɛyɛ fɛ mmoroso, enti ɔkɔtɔn nʼahode nyinaa de kɔtɔe!”

Asaugu Ho Bɛ

47Yesu toaa so bio se, “Ɔsoro Ahenni no te sɛ obi a okoguu asau wɔ asu bi mu yii nsumnam ahorow bebree. 48Asau no yɛɛ ma no, ɔtwe baa konkɔn so. Afei ɔtenaa ase yiyii nam pa no guu kɛntɛn mu na ɔtow nea enye no gui. 49Saa ara na wiase awiei bɛyɛ. Abɔfo no bɛba abɛpaw abɔnefo no afi atreneefo no mu, 50na wɔatow abɔnefo no agu ogyatannaa no mu; ɛhɔ na osu ne setwɛre wɔ.

51“Mote ase?”

Nʼasuafo no buaa no se, “Yiw.”

52Yesu toaa ne nkyerɛkyerɛ no so se, “Kyerɛwsɛm no akyerɛkyerɛfo a wɔabɛyɛ mʼasuafo no te sɛ ofiwura a wada nʼagyapade foforo ne dedaw nyinaa adi.”

Wɔpo Yesu Wɔ Nasaret

53Yesu wiee ne mmebu no, ofii faako a ɔwɔ hɔ no. 54Ɔkɔɔ ne kurom Nasaret. Ɔkyerɛkyerɛɛ wɔ hyiadan mu maa wɔn a wotiee no no ho dwiriw wɔn. Wobisabisaa wɔn ho wɔn ho se, “Ɛhe na saa ɔbarima yi konyaa nyansa a ɔde yɛ anwonwade sɛɛ yi? 55Ɛnyɛ dua dwumfo no ba no ni? Ɛnyɛ ne na ne Maria? Ɛnyɛ ne nua barimanom ne Yakobo ne Yosef ne Simon ne Yuda? 56Ɛnyɛ yɛne ne nuabeanom na ɛte ha? Na afei ɛhe na okonyaa eyinom nyinaa yi?” 57Wɔn bo fuw no.

Yesu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Odiyifo wɔ anuonyam baabiara, gye ne man mu anaa ne nkurɔfo mu!”

58Esiane sɛ wɔannye no anni no nti, wanyɛ anwonwade bebree wɔ hɔ!