The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds

24 He presented another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.(A) 25 But while people were sleeping, his enemy came, sowed weeds[a] among the wheat, and left. 26 When the plants sprouted and produced grain, then the weeds also appeared. 27 The landowner’s slaves(B) came to him and said, ‘Master, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?’

28 “‘An enemy did this!’ he told them.

“‘So, do you want us to go and gather them up?’ the slaves asked him.

29 “‘No,’ he said. ‘When you gather up the weeds, you might also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At harvest time I’ll tell the reapers: Gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles to burn them, but store the wheat in my barn.’”

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and of the Yeast

31 He(C) presented another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven(D) 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 vegetables and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the sky come and nest in its branches.”(E)

33 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into 50 pounds[b] of flour until it spread through all of it.”[c](F)

Using Parables Fulfills Prophecy

34 Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables, and He would not speak anything to them without a parable,(G) 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.(H)[d]

Jesus Interprets the Wheat and the Weeds

36 Then He dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached Him and said, “Explain the parable of the weeds in the field to us.”(I)

37 He replied: “The One who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; 38 the field is the world; and the good seed—these are the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one,(J) 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.(K) 40 Therefore, just as the weeds are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.(L) 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather from His kingdom everything that causes sin[e] and those guilty of lawlessness.[f](M) 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace(N) where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.(O) 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. Anyone who has ears[g] should listen!(P)

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  1. Matthew 13:25 Or darnel, a weed similar in appearance to wheat in the early stages
  2. Matthew 13:33 Lit 3 sata; about 40 quarts
  3. Matthew 13:33 Or until all of it was leavened
  4. Matthew 13:35 Ps 78:2
  5. Matthew 13:41 Or stumbling
  6. Matthew 13:41 Or those who do lawlessness
  7. Matthew 13:43 Other mss add to hear

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