Life of Jesus
Many Such Parables
Mat 13:24-53; Mk 4:26-34
24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a
man who sowed good seed in his field;
25 "but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went
- "But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also
- "So the servants of the owner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good
seed in your field? How then does it have tares?'
- "He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Do you
want us then to go and gather them up?'
- "But he said, 'No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the
wheat with them.
- 'Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will
say to the reapers, "First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to
burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn."'"
- Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a
mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field,
- "which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is
greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest
in its branches."
- Another parable He spoke to them: "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which
a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened."
- All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a
parable He did not speak to them,
- that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: "I will
open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of
- Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples
came to Him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field."
- He answered and said to them: "He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.
- "The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the
tares are the sons of the wicked one.
- "The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and
the reapers are the angels.
- "Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at
the end of this age.
- "The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His
kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness,
- "and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and
gnashing of teeth.
- "Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their
Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
- "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man
found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys
- "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls,
- "who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he
had and bought it.
- "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and
gathered some of every kind,
- "which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered
the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.
- "So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the
wicked from among the just,
- "and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of
- Jesus said to them, "Have you understood all these things?" They said to Him,
- Then He said to them, "Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the
kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and
- Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, that He departed
26 And He said, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the
27 "and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and
grow, he himself does not know how.
28 "For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after
that the full grain in the head.
29 "But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the
harvest has come."
30 Then He said, "To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable
shall we picture it?
31 "It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller
than all the seeds on earth;
32 "but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and
shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade."
33 And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to
34 But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, He
explained all things to His disciples.