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A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some ° fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked ° moisture.
And some fell among ° thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

8:10 to others in parables. Jesus spoke in parables, not to help unbelievers see the gospel more clearly, but rather to keep them from understanding, since they would not hear it “in an honest and good heart” (Luke 8:15).

8:11 The seed. This same parable is recorded more fully in Matthew 13:3-23, and Mark 4:3-20, but it is stated here most explicitly that the seed sown in the field of the world by Christ and His followers must be God’s Word if it is to bear fruit.

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