Bishops' Bible

Matthew 13

Matthew 13:1 The same day, went Iesus out of the house, & sate by the sea syde. Matthew 13:2 And great multitudes were gathered together vnto hym, so greatly that he went and sate in a shippe, and the whole multitude stoode on the shore.

The parable of the sower and the seed:

Matthew 13:3 And he spake many thynges to them in parables, saying: Beholde, the sower went foorth to sowe. Matthew 13:4 And when he sowed, some seedes fell by the wayes side, and the fowles came, and deuoured them vp. Matthew 13:5 Some fell vpon stony places, where they had not much earth, and anone they sprong vp, because they had no depenesse of earth. Matthew 13:6 And when the sonne was vp, they caught heate, and because they had not roote, they wythered away. Matthew 13:7 Agayne, some fell among thornes, and the thornes sprong vp and choked them. Matthew 13:8 But some fell into good grounde, and brought foorth fruite, some an hundred folde, some sixtie folde, some thirtie folde. Matthew 13:9 Who hath eares to heare, let hym heare. Matthew 13:10 And the disciples came, and sayde vnto hym: Why speakest thou to them by parables? Matthew 13:11 He aunswered and sayde vnto them: because it is geuen vnto you, to knowe the secretes of the kyngdome of heauen, but to them, it is not geuen. Matthew 13:12 For whosoeuer hath, to hym shalbe geuen, and he shall haue more aboundaunce: But whosoeuer hath not, from hym shalbe taken away, euen that he hath. Matthew 13:13 Therfore speake I to them in parables: because they seeyng, see not: and hearyng, they heare not: neither do they vnderstande. Matthew 13:14 And in them is fulfylled the prophesie of Esaias, saying: by hearyng ye shall heare, and shall not vnderstande, and seeyng, ye shall see, & shall not perceaue. Matthew 13:15 For this peoples heart is waxed grosse, and their eares are dull of hearyng, and their eyes haue they closed: lest at any tyme they shoulde see with their eyes, and heare with their eares, and shoulde vnderstande with their heart, & shoulde conuert, that I myght heale them. Matthew 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your eares, for they heare. Matthew 13:17 Ueryly I say vnto you, that many prophetes and ryghteous men haue desired to see those thynges which ye see, and haue not seene: and to heare those thynges which ye heare, and haue not hearde.

the exposition of it.

Matthew 13:18 Heare ye therfore the similitude of the sower. Matthew 13:19 When one heareth the worde of the kyngdome, and vnderstandeth it not, then commeth that euyll, and catcheth away that which was sowen in his heart: this is he, which receaued seede by the way syde. Matthew 13:20 But he that receaued the seede into stony places, the same is he that heareth the worde, and anone with ioy, receaueth it: Matthew 13:21 Yet hath he not roote in hym selfe, but dureth for a season: for when tribulation or persecution aryseth because of the worde, by and by he is offended. Matthew 13:22 He also that receaued seede into the thornes, is he that heareth the worde: and the care of this worlde, and the disceiptfulnes of ryches, choke vp the worde, and so is he made vnfruitfull. Matthew 13:23 But he that receaued seede into the good grounde, is he that heareth the worde, and vnderstandeth it, which also beareth fruite: and bryngeth foorth, some an hundred folde, some sixtie folde, some thirtie folde.

The parable of the tares,

Matthew 13:24 Another parable put he foorth vnto them, saying: The kyngdome of heauen is likened vnto a man, which sowed good seede in his fielde. Matthew 13:25 But whyle men slept, his enemye came & sowed tares among the wheate, and went his way. Matthew 13:26 But when the blade was sprong vp, and had brought foorth fruite, then appeared the tares also. Matthew 13:27 So, the seruauntes of the housholder came, and sayde vnto hym. Sir, diddest not thou sowe good seede in thy fielde? from whence then hath it tares? Matthew 13:28 He sayde vnto them: the malicious man hath done this. The seruauntes sayde vnto hym: wylt thou then that we go, and gather them vp? Matthew 13:29 But he sayde, nay: lest whyle ye gather vp the tares, ye rote vp also the wheate with them. Matthew 13:30 Let both growe together vntyll the haruest: & in tyme of haruest, I wyl say to the reapers, gather ye together first the tares, and bynde them in bundels to burne them: but carrie the wheate into my barne.

of the mustard seed,

Matthew 13:31 Another parable put he foorth vnto them, saying. The kyngdome of heauen is like to a grayne of mustard seede, which a man toke & sowed in his fielde. Matthew 13:32 Which in dede is the least of all seedes: But when it is growen, it is the greatest among hearbes: and is a tree, so that the byrdes of the ayre come & make their nestes in the braunches therof.

of the leaven,

Matthew 13:33 Another parable spake he vnto them: The kyngdome of heauen is lyke vnto leuen, which a woman taketh & hydeth in three peckes of meale, tyll all be leuened. Matthew 13:34 All these thynges spake Iesus vnto the people in parables: and without a parable spake he not vnto them. Matthew 13:35 That it myght be fulfylled, which was spoken by the prophete, that sayth: I wyll open my mouth in parables, I wyll speake foorth thynges which haue ben kept secrete from the foundation of the worlde. Matthew 13:36 Then Iesus sent the people away, & went into the house: And his disciples came vnto hym, saying: Declare vnto vs the parable of the tares of the fielde. Matthew 13:37 He aunswered and sayde vnto them: He that soweth the good seede, is the sonne of man. Matthew 13:38 The fielde, is the worlde: & the good seede, they are the childre of ye kingdom: the tares, are the chyldren of ye wicked. Matthew 13:39 The enemie that soweth them, is the deuyll: the haruest, is the ende of the worlde: the reapers, be the Angels. Matthew 13:40 Euen as the tares therfore, are gathered and brent in the fyre: so shall it be in the ende of this worlde. Matthew 13:41 The sonne of man shall sende foorth his Angels, and [they] shall gather out of his kyngdome, all thynges that offende, and them which do iniquitie: Matthew 13:42 And shall cast them into a furnesse of fyre: There shalbe waylyng and gnasshyng of teeth. Matthew 13:43 Then shall the ryghteous shine as the Sunne, in the kingdome of their father. Who hath eares to heare, let hym heare.

of the hidden treasure,

Matthew 13:44 Agayne, the kyngdome of heauen is lyke vnto treasure hyd in the fielde: the which a man hath founde, and hyd, and for ioy therof, goeth and selleth all that he hath, and byeth the fielde.

of the pearl,

Matthew 13:45 Agayne, the kyngdome of heauen is lyke vnto a marchaunt man, seekyng goodly pearles. Matthew 13:46 Which, when he founde one precious pearle, went and solde all that he had, and bought it.

of the drawnet cast into the sea,

Matthew 13:47 Agayne, the kyngdome of heauen is lyke vnto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of all kynde: Matthew 13:48 Which when it was full, men drewe to lande, and sat downe, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. Matthew 13:49 So shall it be at the ende of the world: The Angels shall come foorth, and seuer the bad from among the iuste: Matthew 13:50 And shall cast them into a furnesse of fyre: there shalbe waylyng and gnasshyng of teeth. Matthew 13:51 Iesus sayth vnto them: haue ye vnderstande all these thynges? They say vnto hym: yea Lorde. Matthew 13:52 Then sayde he vnto them: Therfore, euery Scribe which is taught vnto the kyngdome of heauen, is lyke vnto a man that is an householder, whiche bryngeth foorth out of his treasure, thynges newe and olde.

and how Christ is contemned of his own countrymen.

Matthew 13:53 And it came to passe, that when Iesus had finished these parables, he departed thence. Matthew 13:54 And when he came into his owne countrey, he taught them in their synagogues, in so much, that they were astonyed, and sayde: whence commeth this wysdome and powers vnto hym? Matthew 13:55 Is not this the carpenters sonne? Is not his mother called Marie? and his brethren, Iames, and Ioses, and Simon, and Iudas? Matthew 13:56 And are not all his sisters with vs? whence hath he then all these thynges? Matthew 13:57 And they were offended in hym. Iesus sayde vnto them: A prophete is not without honour, saue in his owne countrey, and in his owne house. Matthew 13:58 And he did not many mightie workes there, because of their vnbeliefe.

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