The Tares (Weeds)
Jesus told another parable to them.
The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.
But while his men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away.
When the blades sprang up, and then produced fruit, then the tares appeared also.
The servants of the householder: Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? From where have the tares come?
Householder: An enemy has done this.
The servants: Do you want us to go and gather them up?
Householder: No, while you gather up the tares, you may root up the wheat also with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. And in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “Gather together the tares first, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”
The Tares Explained
Then Jesus sent the crowd away and went into the house, and his disciples came to him.
Disciples: Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.
Jesus: He that sows the good seed is the Son of man;
the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed the tares is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
Just as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, it shall be so in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend and those who do iniquity. And they shall cast them into a furnace of fire and there (in that place) shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous shall shine as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.