Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Worker throwing seeds in field.
The Sower.

Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

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.

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

Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by-and-by he is offended.

He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

 Matthew, Chap. XIII.

v. iii. – xxiii

Note: The published text* does not display verse or line numbers and is therefore displayed above with the chapter number at the end, as per the published text. in the book the picture is labelled simply, as it is above, but the full detail is as follows: Millais, The Parable of the Sower (mentioned in a letter dated 10th June, 1860).

Copies of the engravings can found in Tate and BMAG.

* Mary Lutyens, The Parables of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ with pictures by John Everett Millais, engraved by The Brothers Dalziel (New York: Dover Publications, 1975)

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