Listen; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:…
Our grain fields are level, and covered with the crop from hedge to hedge. But theirs were broken patches, not unlike the little croft you may see before a Highland cottage. It is not fenced; the footpath to the moor, the well, or the village runs through it; the soil is wavy, and dotted with rocky hillocks; bushes of thorn and thistle are in the corner. As the crofter sows his little plot, some seeds fall on the footpath and its hardened margins, some on the rocky knolls, and some among the thorns, as well as on the best soil. Such uneven seed fields stretched then along the Lake of Galilee, sloping suddenly up from the shore. The soil was deep at the water's edge, but grew shallower near the foot of the little hills. Very likely Christ's hearers were then standing upon or within sight of such a field.
Parallel VersesKJV: Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: