16) "But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17) Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. 18) Hear then the parable of the sower. 19) When any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart; this is what was sown along the path. 20) As for what was sown on rocky ground, thi s is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21) yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. 22) As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the delight in riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23) As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty." 24) Another parable he put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25) but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26) So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27) And the servants of the householder came and said to him, `Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it weeds?' 28) He said to them, `An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, `Then do you want us to go and gather them?' 29) But he said, `No; lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30) Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'"