People were now gathering in large numbers, and as they made their way to him from one town after another, he said in a parable:
"A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the footpath, where it was trampled on; and the birds ate it up. Some seed fell on rock, and after coming up, withered for lack of moisture. Some seed fell among thistles; and the thistles grew up with it and choked it. And some of the seed fell into good soil, and grew, and yielded a hundredfold."
As he said this, he called out, "If you have ears to hear, then hear!"