Matthew 13:31-58 New Living Translation

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

31  Here is another illustration Jesus used: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. 32  It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches."

The Parable of the Leaven

33  Jesus also used this illustration: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough."

Jesus' Use of Parables

34  Jesus always used stories and illustrations like these when speaking to the crowds. In fact, he never spoke to them without using such parables. 35  This fulfilled what God had spoken through the prophet: "I will speak to you in parables. I will explain things hidden since the creation of the world. "

Jesus Explains the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

36  Then, leaving the crowds outside, Jesus went into the house. His disciples said, "Please explain to us the story of the weeds in the field." 37  Jesus replied, "The Son of Man is the farmer who plants the good seed. 38  The field is the world, and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one. 39  The enemy who planted the weeds among the wheat is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world, and the harvesters are the angels. 40  "Just as the weeds are sorted out and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the world. 41  The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will remove from his Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42  And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43  Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father's Kingdom. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!

The Hidden Treasure

44  "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.

The Pearl of Great Price

45  "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. 46  When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!

The Net

47  "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a fishing net that was thrown into the water and caught fish of every kind. 48  When the net was full, they dragged it up onto the shore, sat down, and sorted the good fish into crates, but threw the bad ones away. 49  That is the way it will be at the end of the world. The angels will come and separate the wicked people from the righteous, 50  throwing the wicked into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Treasures New and Old

51  Do you understand all these things?" "Yes," they said, "we do." 52  Then he added, "Every teacher of religious law who becomes a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a homeowner who brings from his storeroom new gems of truth as well as old."

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

53  When Jesus had finished telling these stories and illustrations, he left that part of the country. 54  He returned to Nazareth, his hometown. When he taught there in the synagogue, everyone was amazed and said, "Where does he get this wisdom and the power to do miracles?" 55  Then they scoffed, "He's just the carpenter's son, and we know Mary, his mother, and his brothers-James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas. 56  All his sisters live right here among us. Where did he learn all these things?" 57  And they were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. Then Jesus told them, "A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family." 58  And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.

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