Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Look to yourself, lest you too be tempted.
 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
 For if any one thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.
 For each man will have to bear his own load.
 Let him who is taught the word share all good things with him who teaches.
 Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
 For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
 And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.
 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
 See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand.
 It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.
 For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh.
 And when a great crowd came together and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable:
 “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it.
 And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.
 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it.
 And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
 And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant,
 he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.
 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved.
 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.
 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.
 And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience.
 “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, that those who enter may see the light.
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