The Parable of the Weeds

24 He put another parable before them, saying, (A)“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds[a] among the wheat and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants[b] of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, (B)‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, (C)“Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

The Mustard Seed and the Leaven

31 He put another parable before them, saying, (D)“The kingdom of heaven is like (E)a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

33 He told them another parable. (F)“The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in (G)three measures of flour, till it was (H)all leavened.”

Prophecy and Parables

34 (I)All these things Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, he said nothing to them without a parable. 35 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet:[c]

(J)“I will open my mouth in parables;
    (K)I will utter what has been hidden (L)since the foundation of the world.”

The Parable of the Weeds Explained

36 Then he left the crowds and went into (M)the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, (N)“Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed is (O)the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are (P)the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. (Q)The harvest is (R)the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds (S)are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at (T)the end of the age. 41 (U)The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all (V)causes of sin and (W)all law-breakers, 42 (X)and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place (Y)there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then (Z)the righteous will shine like the sun (AA)in the kingdom of their Father. (AB)He who has ears, let him hear.

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

44 “The kingdom of heaven (AC)is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy (AD)he goes and sells all that he has and (AE)buys that field.

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding (AF)one pearl of great value, (AG)went and sold all that he had and (AH)bought it.

The Parable of the Net

47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is (AI)like a net that was thrown into the sea and (AJ)gathered fish of every kind. 48 When it was full, (AK)men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. 49 So it will be at (AL)the end of the age. The angels will come out and (AM)separate the evil from the righteous 50 (AN)and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place (AO)there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

New and Old Treasures

51 (AP)“Have you understood all these things?” They said to him, “Yes.” 52 And he said to them, “Therefore every (AQ)scribe (AR)who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who (AS)brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 13:25 Probably darnel, a wheat-like weed
  2. Matthew 13:27 Or bondservants; also verse 28
  3. Matthew 13:35 Some manuscripts Isaiah the prophet

The Parable of the Seed Growing

26 And he said, (A)“The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; (B)he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once (C)he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

30 (D)And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like (E)a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

33 (F)With many such parables he spoke (G)the word to them, (H)as they were able to hear it. 34 He did not speak to them (I)without a parable, but (J)privately to his own disciples he (K)explained everything.

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