9 And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, 10 he said, z "To you it has been given to know a the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so b that 'seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.' 11 c Now the parable is this: The seed is d the word of God. 12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not e believe and be saved. 13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it f with joy. But these have no root; they g believe for a while, and in time of testing h fall away. 14 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but i as they go on their way they are choked by the j cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15 As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and k bear fruit l with patience.English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.