Matthew 13:31-58 New American Standard Bible

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

31  He presented another parable to them, saying , " The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed , which a man took and sowed in his field ; 32  and this is smaller than all other seeds , but when it is full grown , it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree , so that THE BIRDS OF THE AIR come and NEST IN ITS BRANCHES ."

The Parable of the Leaven

33  He spoke another parable to them, " The kingdom of heaven is like leaven , which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened ."

Jesus' Use of Parables

34  All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables , and He did not speak to them without a parable . 35  This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet : " I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES ; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD ."

Jesus Explains the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

36  Then He left the crowds and went into the house . And His disciples came to Him and said , " Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field ." 37  And He said , "The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man , 38  and the field is the world ; and as for the good seed , these are the sons of the kingdom ; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; 39  and the enemy who sowed them is the devil , and the harvest is the end of the age ; and the reapers are angels . 40  "So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire , so shall it be at the end of the age . 41  " The Son of Man will send forth His angels , and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks , and those who commit lawlessness , 42  and will throw them into the furnace of fire ; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth . 43  " Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father . He who has ears , let him hear .

The Hidden Treasure

44  " The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field , which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field .

The Pearl of Great Price

45  "Again , the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls , 46  and upon finding one pearl of great value , he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

The Net

47  "Again , the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea , and gathering fish of every kind ; 48  and when it was filled , they drew it up on the beach ; and they sat down and gathered the good fish into containers , but the bad they threw away . 49  "So it will be at the end of the age ; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous , 50  and will throw them into the furnace of fire ; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth .

Treasures New and Old

51  "Have you understood all these things ?" They said to Him, "Yes ." 52  And Jesus said to them, "Therefore e every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household , who brings out of his treasure things new and old ."

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

53  When Jesus had finished these parables , He departed from there . 54  He came to His hometown and began teaching them in their synagogue , so that they were astonished , and said , "Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers ? 55  "Is not this the carpenter's son ? Is not His mother called Mary , and His brothers , James and Joseph and Simon and Judas ? 56  "And His sisters , are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things ?" 57  And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, " A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household ." 58  And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief .

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