This is my first time using the forums, and I've just recently began 'serious' Bible study so please bear with me. My question is in regards to Matthew 13:18-23: 18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Question: what is meant by Matthew 13:19: "When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path." The parables that are used in this chapter (parable of the mustard seed and the yeast, parable the hidden treasure and the pearl, parable of the net, parable of the weeds) seem pretty clear cut, but I'm not sure if I'm understanding it correctly as a whole. Any clarification would be appreciated, feel free to summarize the entire chapter, or refer me to other areas in the Bible to understand.