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The Reason for Teaching with Stories

34 Jesus used stories when he spoke to the people. In fact, he did not tell them anything without using stories. 35 So God’s promise came true, just as the prophet[a] had said,

“I will use stories
    to speak my message
and to explain things
    that have been hidden
since the creation
    of the world.”

Jesus Explains the Story about the Weeds

36 After Jesus left the crowd and went inside,[b] his disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the story about the weeds in the wheat field.”

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Footnotes

  1. 13.35 the prophet: Some manuscripts have “the prophet Isaiah.”
  2. 13.36 went inside: Or “went home.”