“Listen! A sower went out to sow. 1
"Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.
"Listen to this! Behold, the sower went out to sow;
"Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seed.
"Listen. What do you make of this? A farmer planted seed.
A man went out to put seed in the earth:
"Listen! A sower went out to sow.
"Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow.
there went out
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! A sower
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1 sn A sower went out to sow. The background for this well-known parable, drawn from a typical scene in the Palestinian countryside, is a field through which a well worn path runs. Sowing would occur in late fall or early winter (October to December) in the rainy season, looking for sprouting in April or May and a June harvest. The use of seed as a figure for God’s giving life has OT roots (Isa 55:10-11). The point of the parable of the sower is to illustrate the various responses to the message of the kingdom of God (cf. 4:11).