25“For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.”
26And He was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil;27and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows—how, he himself does not know.28“The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.29“But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
30And He said, “How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it?31“It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil,32yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that THE BIRDS OF THEAIR can NEST UNDER ITS SHADE.”
33With many such parables He was speaking the word to them, so far as they were able to hear it;34and He did not speak to them without a parable; but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples.
35On that day, when evening came, He *said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.”36Leaving the crowd, they *took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him.37And there *arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up.38Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they *woke Him and *said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”39And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.40And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”41They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”