18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:
19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom
and does not understand it, the evil one comes
and snatches away what was sown in his heart.
This is the seed sown along the path.
20 The one who received the seed that fell on
rocky places is the man who hears the word and
at once receives it with joy.
21 But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time.
When trouble or persecution comes because of the
word, he quickly falls away.
22 The one who received the seed that fell among the
thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries
of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth
choke it, making it unfruitful.
23 But the one who received the seed
that fell on good soil is the man who
hears the word and understands it.
He produces a crop, yielding a hundred,
sixty or thirty times what was sown.”