13In the presence of God who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession,14I charge you to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ;15and this will be made manifest at the proper time by the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,16who alone has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
1Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the lands!2Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!3Know that the LORD is God! It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.4Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him, bless his name!5For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures for ever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
4And when a great crowd came together and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable:5"A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it.6And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.7And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it.8And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold." As he said this, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."9And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant,10he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.11Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.12The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved.13And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.14And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.15And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience.