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6 He spake also this parable ; A certain man had a fig-tree planted in his vineyard ; and he came and sought fruit thereon, & found none.

7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig-tree, and find none: cut it down ; why cumbereth it the ground?

8 And he answering, said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also,till I shall dig about it, and dung

it :

9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut

it down. 49. Para bles. The Reason why Jesus used them. An Explanation of one.

THE same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat

AND he began again to teach

C. VIII. by the sea-side. by the sea-side :

2 And and there was 4 | And when

* Place...

The Lake of Gennesareth ; or, the Sea of Galilee.




JOHN CHAP. XIII. CHAP. IV CHAP. VIII. great multitudes a great multitude,

much people were gathered to

gathered were gathered together unto him,

unto him gether,

and were come to
him out of every ,

so that he went so that he entered
into a ship, & sat; into a ship, & sat

on the sea; and the whole and the whole multitude


stood was by the sea * on the shore.

on the land.
3 And he
2 And he

taught them

spake many things

many things
unto them in
parables, saying, by parables,& said by a parable :

unto them in his

3 Hearken ; Behold,

Behold, there a sower went forth went out a sower 5Asower went out to soW ; to soW:

to soW

his seed;
4 And
4 And

and when

it came to pass, as he sowed, some he sowed, some he sowed, some

seeds fell by the way. fell by the way. fell by the wayside, side,

side ;

and it was trod

en down,
and the fowls And the fowls and the fowls
of the air

of the air came & devoured came & devoured


it. 5 Some fell 5 And some fell 6 And some fell upon stony places, on stony ground, upon a rock : where they hadnot where it had not much earth: and much earth; and

forthwith they immediately it sprung up

sprang up, because they had because it had


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it up.

Place.....The Sea of Galilee.


sprang up with it,


LUKE. JOHN CHAP. XII. CHAP. IV. CHAP. VIII. no deepness of no depth of earth:

earth. 6 And when 6. But when and as soon as the sun was up, the sun was up, it was sprung up, they were scorch- it was scorched; ed; and because and because they had no root, it had no root they withered it withered

it withered away. away.


because it lack

ed moisture. 7 And some 7 And some 7 And some fell among thorns; fell among thorns, fell among thorns; and the thorns and the thorns and the thorns sprung up,

grew up and choked them. and choked it, and choked it.

and it yielded

no fruit. 8 But other fell 8 And other fell

8 And other fell into good ground, on good ground, on good ground,

and did yield fruit

that sprang up and sprang up, and and increased, and

and brought forth fruit brought forth, bare fruit, some an hundred- some thirty, and fold, some sixty- some sixty, and fold, some thirty- some an hundred. an hundred-fold. fold.

9 And he

And when he

had said these said unto them, things, he cried, 9 Who hath He that hath

He that hath ears to hear, let ears to hear, let ears to hear, let him hear. him hear.

him hear. 10 And 10 And when he

9 And was alone, * they

that were about the disciples came, him with

the his disciples and said unto him, twevleaskedofhim asked him, saying,

Why speakest thou unto them in parables ?


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the What might this parable.

parable be? 11 He answered

and said 11 And he said 10 And he said, unto them, unto them, Becauseit is given Unto you it is Unto you it is unto you to know given to know

given to know the mysteries of the mystery of the mysteries of the kingdom of the kingdom of the kingdom of heaven, but to God :

but unto

God: but to them

them that arewith- others
out all these things
are done in para-

bles : it is not given.

12 For whoso. ever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance : but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

13 Therefore speak I to them in parables : because they 'see. 12 That see

that seeing,

ing they may see, ing they might see not; and not perceive; not see, and hearing, they and hearing they and hearing they

may hear,

hear not, neither do they

and not might not understand. understand ;

understand. lest at any

time theyshould be converted, and their sins should be for

given them. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not



understand ; and
seeing ye shall see,
and shall not per-

15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with theireyes, and hear withtheir ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be conyerted, and I should heal them.

16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

17 For verily I say unto you, That manyprophets and righteous menhave desiredto see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

13 And he said unto them, Know ye nut this parable? and how then will ye know all

parables ? 18 | Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

11 Now the parable is this :

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