Matthew 13:31-58 Darby’s Translation

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

31  Another parable set he before them, saying, The kingdom of the heavens is like a grain of mustard [seed] which a man took and sowed in his field; 32  which is less indeed than all seeds, but when it is grown is greater than herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of heaven come and roost in its branches.

The Parable of the Leaven

33  He spoke another parable to them: The kingdom of the heavens is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal until it had been all leavened.

Jesus' Use of Parables

34  All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and without a parable he did not speak to them, 35  so that that should be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden from [the] world's foundation.

Jesus Explains the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

36  Then, having dismissed the crowds, he went into the house; and his disciples came to him, saying, Expound to us the parable of the darnel of the field. 37  But he answering said, He that sows the good seed is the Son of man, 38  and the field is the world; and the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom, but the darnel are the sons of the evil [one]; 39  and the enemy who has sowed it is the devil; and the harvest is [the] completion of [the] age, and the harvestmen are angels. 40  As then the darnel is gathered and is burned in the fire, thus it shall be in the completion of the age. 41  The Son of man shall send his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all offences, and those that practise lawlessness; 42  and they shall cast them into the furnace of fire; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. 43  Then the righteous shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He that has ears, let him hear.

The Hidden Treasure

44  The kingdom of the heavens is like a treasure hid in the field, which a man having found has hid, and for the joy of it goes and sells all whatever he has, and buys that field.

The Pearl of Great Price

45  Again, the kingdom of the heavens is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls; 46  and having found one pearl of great value, he went and sold all whatever he had and bought it.

The Net

47  Again, the kingdom of the heavens is like a seine which has been cast into the sea, and which has gathered together of every kind, 48  which, when it has been filled, having drawn up on the shore and sat down, they gathered the good into vessels and cast the worthless out. 49  Thus shall it be in the completion of the age: the angels shall go forth and sever the wicked from the midst of the just, 50  and shall cast them into the furnace of fire; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

Treasures New and Old

51  Jesus says to them, Have ye understood all these things? They say to him, Yea, [Lord]. 52  And he said to them, For this reason every scribe discipled to the kingdom of the heavens is like a man [that is] a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

53  And it came to pass when Jesus had finished these parables he withdrew thence. 54  And having come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, Whence has this [man] this wisdom and these works of power? 55  Is not this the son of the carpenter? Is not his mother called Mary, and his brethren James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Judas? 56  And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then has this [man] all these things? 57  And they were offended in him. And Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honour, unless in his country and in his house. 58  And he did not there many works of power, because of their unbelief.


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