26 He also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if
someone would scatter seed on the ground,
27 and would sleep
and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does
not know how.
28 The earth produces
of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in
29 But when the
grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest
30 He also said,
‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable
will we use for it?
31 It is like
a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest
of all the seeds on earth;
32 yet when it
is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and
puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make
nests in its shade.’
33 With many such
parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it;
34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained
everything in private to his disciples.