The Parables of the Mustard Seed and of the Leaven

31 He(A) presented another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven(B) is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It’s the smallest of all the seeds, but when grown, it’s taller than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the sky come and nest in its branches.”(C)

33 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven[a] that a woman took and mixed into fifty pounds[b] of flour until all of it was leavened.”(D)

Using Parables Fulfills Prophecy

34 Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables, and he did not tell them anything without a parable,(E) 35 so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled:

I will open my mouth in parables;
I will declare things kept secret
from the foundation of the world.[c][d](F)

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Footnotes

  1. 13:33 Or yeast
  2. 13:33 Lit three sata; about forty liters
  3. 13:35 Some mss omit of the world
  4. 13:35 Ps 78:2

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and of the Leaven

18 He said, therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like,(A) and what can I compare it to? 19 It’s like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the sky nested in its branches.”

20 Again he said, “What can I compare the kingdom of God(B) to? 21 It’s like leaven[a](C) that a woman took and mixed into fifty pounds[b] of flour until all of it was leavened.”

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Footnotes

  1. 13:21 Or yeast
  2. 13:21 Lit three sata; about forty liters

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