Matthew 13:31-58 World English Bible

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

31  He set another parable before them, saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field; 32  which indeed is smaller than all seeds. But when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches.”

The Parable of the Leaven

33  He spoke another parable to them. “The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast, which a woman took, and hid in three measures [1] of meal, until it was all leavened.”

Jesus' Use of Parables

34  Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the multitudes; and without a parable, he didn’t speak to them, 35  that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying,

“I will open my mouth in parables;
I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world.” [2]

Jesus Explains the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

36  Then Jesus sent the multitudes away, and went into the house. His disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the darnel weeds of the field.” 37  He answered them, “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, 38  the field is the world; and the good seed, these are the children of the Kingdom; and the darnel weeds are the children of the evil one. 39  The enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40  As therefore the darnel weeds are gathered up and burned with fire; so will it be at the end of this age. 41  The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will gather out of his Kingdom all things that cause stumbling, and those who do iniquity, 42  and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be weeping and the gnashing of teeth. 43  Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

The Hidden Treasure

44  “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found, and hid. In his joy, 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 man who is a merchant seeking fine pearls, 46  who having found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

The Net

47  “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet, that was cast into the sea, and gathered some fish of every kind, 48  which, when it was filled, they drew up on the beach. They sat down, and gathered the good into containers, but the bad they threw away. 49  So will it be in the end of the world. The angels will come forth, and separate the wicked from among the righteous, 50  and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.”

Treasures New and Old

51  Jesus said to them, “Have you understood all these things?”

They answered him, “Yes, Lord.” 52  He said to them, “Therefore, every scribe who has been made a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a householder, who brings out of his treasure new and old things.”

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

53  It happened that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed from there. 54  Coming into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom, and these mighty works? 55  Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother called Mary, and his brothers, James, Joses, Simon, and Judas [3]? 56  Aren’t all of his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all of these things?” 57  They were offended by him.

But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and in his own house.” 58  He didn’t do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.


[1] 13:33 literally, three sata. 3 sata is about 39 litres or a bit more than a bushel

[2] 13:35 Psalm 78:2

[3] 13:55 or, Judah

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