1 Then Moshe and all the leaders of Isra’el gave orders to the people. They said, “Observe all the mitzvot I am giving you today.
2 When you cross the Yarden to the land Adonai your God is giving you, you are to set up large stones, put plaster on them,
3 and, after crossing over, write this Torah on them, every word — so that you can enter the land Adonai your God is giving you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as Adonai, the God of your ancestors, promised you.
4 When you have crossed the Yarden, you are to set up these stones, as I am ordering you today, on Mount ‘Eival; and put plaster on them.
5 There you are to erect an altar to Adonai your God, an altar made of stones. You are not to use any iron tool on them,
6 but are to build the altar of Adonai your God of uncut stones; and you are to offer burnt offerings on it to Adonai your God.
7 Also you are to sacrifice peace offerings, eat there and be joyful in the presence of Adonai your God.
8 You are to write on the stones all the words of this Torah very clearly.”
9 Next Moshe and the cohanim, who are L’vi’im, spoke to all Isra’el. They said, “Be quiet; and listen, Isra’el! Today you have become the people of Adonai your God.
10 Therefore you are to listen to what Adonai your God says and obey his mitzvotand laws, which I am giving you today.”
1 That same day, Yeshua went out of the house and sat down by the lake;
2 but such a large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there while the crowd stood on the shore.
3 He told them many things in parables:
“A farmer went out to sow his seed.
4 As he sowed, some seed fell alongside the path; and the birds came and ate it up.
5 Other seed fell on rocky patches where there was not much soil. It sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow;
6 but when the sun had risen, the young plants were scorched; and since their roots were not deep, they dried up.
7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.
8 But others fell into rich soil and produced grain, a hundred or sixty or thirty times as much as had been sown.
9 Those who have ears, let them hear!”
10 Then the talmidim came and asked Yeshua, “Why are you speaking to them in parables?”
11 He answered, “Because it has been given to you to know the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but it has not been given to them.
12 For anyone who has something will be given more, so that he will have plenty; but from anyone who has nothing, even what he does have will be taken away.
13 Here is why I speak to them in parables: they look without seeing and listen without hearing or understanding.
14 That is, in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Yesha‘yahu which says,
‘You will keep on hearing but never understand,
and keep on seeing but never perceive,
15 because the heart of this people has become dull —
with their ears they barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed,
so as not to see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their heart,
and do t’shuvah,
so that I could heal them.’
16 But you, how blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear!
17 Yes indeed! I tell you that many a prophet and many a tzaddik longed to see the things you are seeing but did not see them, and to hear the things you are hearing but did not hear them.
18 “So listen to what the parable of the sower means.
19 Whoever hears the message about the Kingdom, but doesn’t understand it, is like the seed sown along the path — the Evil One comes and seizes what was sown in his heart.
20 The seed sown on rocky ground is like a person who hears the message and accepts it with joy at once,
21 but has no root in himself. So he stays on for a while; but as soon as some trouble or persecution arises on account of the message, he immediately falls away.
22 Now the seed sown among thorns stands for someone who hears the message, but it is choked by the worries of the world and the deceitful glamor of wealth, so that it produces nothing.
23 However, what was sown on rich soil is the one who hears the message and understands it; such a person will surely bear fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirty times what was sown.”