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The Parable of the Sower

A parable about seed sown on four different soils.
Story also available on our translated websites: Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Arabic, Simplified Chinese
Jesus went and sat by the lake. And such a large crowd gathered around Him that He got into a boat to sit down … – Slide 1
… while the whole crowd stood on the shore. He told them many things in parables, saying: – Slide 2
‘Listen! A sower went out to sow. – Slide 3
‘And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path … – Slide 4
‘… and the birds came and devoured them. – Slide 5
‘Other seeds fell on rocky ground where they did not have much soil. They sprang up quickly because the soil was not deep. But when the sun came up, they were scorched, and because they did not have sufficient root, they withered. – Slide 6
‘Other seeds fell among the thorns, and they grew up and choked them. – Slide 7
‘But other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain … – Slide 8
‘… some a hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty. The one who has ears had better listen!’ – Slide 9
Later Jesus explained the meaning of this parable to His disciples. – Slide 10
‘When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches what was sown in his heart; this is the seed sown along the path. – Slide 11
The seed sown on rocky ground is the person who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. But he has no root in himself and does not endure; when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he falls away. – Slide 12
‘The seed sown among thorns is the person who hears the word, but worldly cares and the seductiveness of wealth choke the word, so it produces nothing. – Slide 13
‘But as for the seed sown on good soil, this is the person who hears the word and understands. – Slide 14
He bears fruit, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.’ – Slide 15
A free downloadable video of this story is available in several resolutions and in many languages from www.gnpi.org/media/the-global-gospel. – Slide 16