„7] Now see, this is your very own inward and therefore (to you) true creed: But I tell you: Whoever considers Scripture with your eyes, will certainly never find anything Divine in it, and further will remain a material, worldly fellow, who sometimes of course will have a mind also for extraordinary things and phenomena, if they are carried out just before his eyes; but in his spirit he will never profit by it, because, for him, every miracle, no matter how great, is only an amusement delighting his senses!
8] Truly such men greatly resemble the swine which eat all kinds of things, but for all that, remain just the same old unchanged swine that like everything equally well, be it dirt or the finest wheaten bread.
9] But therefore, such men who are wanting in a higher spiritual faith, should not read - nor disallow the Scriptures given to man out of the Spirit of God to be considered as a Divine Word, as is written: ‘Thou shalt not pronounce lightly the Name of the Lord (Jehovah)’.”
"3. To begin with, I compared Myself to a sower, saying, 'Behold, a sower went out to sow good and wholesome grain [Mt. 13:3]. And as he sowed, some seed fell upon the wayside, and the birds came and devoured it [Mt. 13:4]. Some fell on stony ground, with little soil and sprouted quickly, not having depth or weight of soil over it [Mt. 13:5], but when the sun came up glowing with many beams, the sprouts that sprang up in the cool and moist of night, withered and dried, being without roots [Mt. 13:6]. Some fell among thorns, and these, with their more abundant growth choked them [Mt. 13:7]. And some fell on good soil, bearing fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold and some thirtyfold [Mt. 13:8]. He who has ears, let him hear!'
4. Here I was about to carry on without a break, but some of the disciples, not comprehending these parables themselves, stepped up to Me and said, 'Why do you suddenly now speak to them in parables? [Mt. 13:10] Those of us who have been around You for quite some time now, hardly can understand them?! Do you not see how they are shrugging their shoulders, some even thinking that You are either having them on, or speak of indifferent things on account of the Pharisees, and that everybody knows that grain should not be sown along the wayside or upon stony ground or upon thorns! We do indeed grasp what You are getting at, but those on the shore really think You are having them on! Or can You be seriously instructing them in a way not comprehensible to them?'
"2. The kingdom of heaven also is like unto a man who sowed good seed upon his ground. [Mt. 13:24] But while his servants slept, the owner's adversary came, casting sheer weeds among the wheat, which then sprang up with the wheat. [Mt. 13:25] Wherever the wheat came up with its fruit, there the weeds also came up. [Mt. 13:26]
3. When the servants saw this they came to the landlord and said, "Lord, did you not cast prime wheat upon the field? Wherefrom came the weeds?" [Mt. 13:27]
4. The landlord however spoke, saying, "This my enemy has done!" And the servants replied, "Lord, shall we go and weed it out?" [Mt. 13:28] And the lord said, "Let it be, so that you would not trample and pull out the wheat with the weed. [Mt. 13:29] Let them both grow together till harvest! At harvest time I shall say to the cutters, "Gather up the tares into bundles first and remove them from the field to a place for burning, but afterwards gather the clean wheat into my barns!" [Mt. 13:30] 'Behold, this is an appropriate parable of the kingdom of heaven! But hear Me further! I want to give you more parables, which all depict the kingdom of God. Hence hearken!
5. The kingdom of heaven is like unto a mustard seed which a man took and cast into his field. [Mt. 13:31] This seed of a truth is known to be among the smallest among the seeds. But when it grows it is the biggest among the herbs, and finally a very tree, so that even the birds of the air come to build their nest among its branches.' [Mt. 13:32]
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