And He was teaching them many things in parables, and was saying to them in His teaching,
"Listen [to this]! Behold, the sower went out to sow;
as he was sowing, some [seed] fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up.
And He was saying, "The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil;
and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows-- how, he himself does not know.
"The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.
"But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."