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46 When he discovered one very precious[a] and exquisite pearl, he immediately gave up all he had in exchange for it.”[b]

The Parable of the Fishing Net

47 “Again, heaven’s kingdom realm is like a fisherman who casts his large net into the lake, catching an assortment of different kinds of fish. 48 When the net was filled, the fishermen hauled it up on the shore, and they all sat down to sort out their catch. They collected the good fish in baskets and threw the bad away.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 13:46 The Aramaic is “unique.” Jesus is the merchant. (See Song. 3:6.) You are the exquisite and unique pearl, as his beloved follower, that came from the wounded side of Jesus Christ. You prompted him to give up all, including his sacred blood, in exchange for having you as his very own. See also Heb. 12:2.
  2. Matthew 13:46 See Isa. 43:4.

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