In preparing for a message on the Parable of the Sower, I’ve looked at Jerome (ca. 347 – 420) among others. Many of his comments are extremely helpful. But as with all commentators, there is some chaff mixed in with the wheat. When writing about the three levels of fruit among those who receive the seed in good soil, he declares, “The hundred-fold fruit is to be ascribed to virgins, the sixty-fold to widows and continent persons, the thirty-fold to chaste wedlock.” Wrong on two counts – bad interpretation and bad theology.