2 Timothy 3: 1-17
A parable about the ground
4 When a large crowd had gathered and people were coming to Jesus from one city after another, he spoke to them in a parable: 5 “The farmer came out to scatter his seeds. As he scattered it, some fell on the path where it was crushed, and birds from the sky came and ate it. 6 Another seed fell on the rock. As it grew, it dried out because it had no moisture. 7 The rest of the seeds fell among the thorny plants. Thorns grew along with the plants and suffocated them. 8 Another seed fell on good soil. When it grew, it produced a hundred times more grain than was scattered. ” Having said that, he called, “Everyone who has ears should pay attention.”
9 The students asked him what this parable meant. 10 He said, “The mysteries of the kingdom of God have been given to you, but these mysteries come to all others in parables so that when they see, they cannot see, and when they hear, they cannot understand..
11 “The parable means this: The seed is the word of God. 12 The grain in the way is those who hear, but then the devil comes and steals the word from their hearts so that they will not believe and be saved. 13 The seeds on the rock are those who gladly receive the word when they hear it, but have no root. They believe for a while, but fall away when tempted. 14 As for the seeds that have fallen among the thorny plants, they are the ones that, as they live their lives, suffocate with worries, wealth, and life pleasures, and their fruits never ripen. 15 The seeds that have fallen on good ground are those who hear the word and surrender to it with a good and upright heart. They bear fruit with their determination.