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Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

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Matthew 13:18 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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Hear ἀκούσατε To hear (in various senses) Hear
ye Ὑμεῖς You (as subjective of verb) ye
therefore οὖν (adverbially) certainly, or (conjunctionally) accordingly therefore
the τὴν The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
parable παραβολὴν A similitude ("parable"), i.e., (symbolic) fictitious narrative (of common life conveying a moral), apothegm or adage parable
of σπείροντος To scatter, i.e., sow (literally or figuratively) of
the τοῦ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
sower. σπείροντος To scatter, i.e., sow (literally or figuratively) sower

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

  • 17  For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

  • 18  Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

  • 19  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

  • 20  But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;


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