Listen; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:…
Dry and dead as it seems, let a seed be planted with a stone flashing diamond, or burning ruby; and while that in the richest soil remains a stone, this awakes and, bursting its husky shell, rises from the ground to adorn the earth with beauty, perfume the air with fragrance, or enrich men with its fruit. Such life there is in all, but especially in gospel, truth.
(T. Guthrie, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: