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Kingdom Parables
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The Sower     The Growing Seed     The Mustard Seed     The Leaven     The Hidden Treasure     The Pearl of Great Price    

The Sower
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Mat 13:3-23 :  3 And he spake to them many things in parables, saying, Behold, the sower went forth to sow;  4 and as he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured them:  5 and others fell upon the rocky places, where they had not much earth: and straightway they sprang up, because they had no deepness of earth:  6 and when the sun was risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.  7 And others fell upon the thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked them:  8 and others fell upon the good ground, and yielded fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.  9 He that hath ears, let him hear.  10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?  11 And he answered and said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.  12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he hath.  13 Therefore speak I to them in parables; because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.  14 And unto them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall in no wise understand; And seeing ye shall see, and shall in no wise perceive:  15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, And their ears are dull of hearing, And their eyes they have closed; Lest haply they should perceive with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And should turn again, And I should heal them.  16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.  17 For verily I say unto you, that many prophets and righteous men desired to see the things which ye see, and saw them not; and to hear the things which ye hear, and heard them not.  18 Hear then ye the parable of the sower.  19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the evil one, and snatcheth away that which hath been sown in his heart. This is he that was sown by the way side.  20 And he that was sown upon the rocky places, this is he that heareth the word, and straightway with joy receiveth it;  21 yet hath he not root in himself, but endureth for a while; and when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, straightway he stumbleth.  22 And he that was sown among the thorns, this is he that heareth the word; and the care of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.  23 And he that was sown upon the good ground, this is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; who verily beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 
Mar 4:2-20 :  2 And he taught them many things in parables, and said unto them in his teaching,  3 Hearken: Behold, the sower went forth to sow:  4 and it came to pass, as he sowed, some seed fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured it.  5 And other fell on the rocky ground, where it had not much earth; and straightway it sprang up, because it had no deepness of earth:  6 and when the sun was risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.  7 And other fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.  8 And others fell into the good ground, and yielded fruit, growing up and increasing; and brought forth, thirtyfold, and sixtyfold, and a hundredfold.  9 And he said, Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.  10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parables.  11 And he said unto them, Unto you is given the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all things are done in parables:  12 that seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest haply they should turn again, and it should be forgiven them.  13 And he saith unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how shall ye know all the parables?  14 The sower soweth the word.  15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; and when they have heard, straightway cometh Satan, and taketh away the word which hath been sown in them.  16 And these in like manner are they that are sown upon the rocky places, who, when they have heard the word, straightway receive it with joy;  17 and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, straightway they stumble.  18 And others are they that are sown among the thorns; these are they that have heard the word,  19 and the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.  20 And those are they that were sown upon the good ground; such as hear the word, and accept it, and bear fruit, thirtyfold, and sixtyfold, and a hundredfold. 
Luk 8:4-15 :  4 And when a great multitude came together, and they of every city resorted unto him, he spake by a parable:  5 The sower went forth to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden under foot, and the birds of the heaven devoured it.  6 And other fell on the rock; and as soon as it grew, it withered away, because it had no moisture.  7 And other fell amidst the thorns; and the thorns grew with it, and choked it.  8 And other fell into the good ground, and grew, and brought forth fruit a hundredfold. As he said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.  9 And his disciples asked him what this parable might be.  10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to the rest in parables; that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.  11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.  12 And those by the way side are they that have heard; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved.  13 And those on the rock are they who, when they have heard, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.  14 And that which fell among the thorns, these are they that have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.  15 And that in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bring forth fruit with patience. 

The Growing Seed
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Mar 4:26-29 :  26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed upon the earth;  27 and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he knoweth not how.  28 The earth beareth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.  29 But when the fruit is ripe, straightway he putteth forth the sickle, because the harvest is come. 

The Mustard Seed
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Mat 13:31-32 :  31 Another parable set he before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:  32 which indeed is less than all seeds; but when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the heaven come and lodge in the branches thereof. 
Mar 4:30-32 :  30 And he said, How shall we liken the kingdom of God? or in what parable shall we set it forth?  31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown upon the earth, though it be less than all the seeds that are upon the earth,  32 yet when it is sown, groweth up, and becometh greater than all the herbs, and putteth out great branches; so that the birds of the heaven can lodge under the shadow thereof. 
Luk 13:18-19 :  18 He said therefore, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I liken it?  19 It is like unto a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his own garden; and it grew, and became a tree; and the birds of the heaven lodged in the branches thereof. 

The Leaven
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Mat 13:33 :  Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till it was all leavened. 
Luk 13:20-21 :  20 And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God?  21 It is like unto leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till it was all leavened. 

The Hidden Treasure
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Mat 13:44 :  The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in the field; which a man found, and hid; and in his joy he goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. 

The Pearl of Great Price
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Mat 13:45-46 :  45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a merchant seeking goodly pearls:  46 and having found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it. 



Service Parables
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The Unprofitable Servants     The Laborers in the Vineyard     The Pounds     The Talents    

The Unprofitable Servants
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Luk 17:7-10 :  7 But who is there of you, having a servant plowing or keeping sheep, that will say unto him, when he is come in from the field, Come straightway and sit down to meat;  8 and will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?  9 Doth he thank the servant because he did the things that were commanded?  10 Even so ye also, when ye shall have done all the things that are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which it was our duty to do. 

The Laborers in the Vineyard
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Mat 20:1-16 :  1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that was a householder, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard.  2 And when he had agreed with the laborers for a shilling a day, he sent them into his vineyard.  3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing in the marketplace idle;  4 and to them he said, Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.  5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise.  6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing; and he saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?  7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard.  8 And when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the laborers, and pay them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.  9 And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a shilling.  10 And when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received every man a shilling.  11 And when they received it, they murmured against the householder,  12 saying, These last have spent but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.  13 But he answered and said to one of them, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a shilling?  14 Take up that which is thine, and go thy way; it is my will to give unto this last, even as unto thee.  15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? or is thine eye evil, because I am good?  16 So the last shall be first, and the first last. 

The Pounds
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Luk 19:11-27 :  11 And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was immediately to appear.  12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country, to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.  13 And he called ten servants of his, and gave them ten pounds, and said unto them, Trade ye herewith till I come.  14 But his citizens hated him, and sent an ambassage after him, saying, We will not that this man reign over us.  15 And it came to pass, when he was come back again, having received the kingdom, that he commanded these servants, unto whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by trading.  16 And the first came before him, saying, Lord, thy pound hath made ten pounds more.  17 And he said unto him, Well done, thou good servant: because thou wast found faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.  18 And the second came, saying, Thy pound, Lord, hath made five pounds.  19 And he said unto him also, Be thou also over five cities.  20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I kept laid up in a napkin:  21 for I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that which thou layedst not down, and reapest that which thou didst not sow.  22 He saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I am an austere man, taking up that which I laid not down, and reaping that which I did not sow;  23 then wherefore gavest thou not my money into the bank, and I at my coming should have required it with interest?  24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take away from him the pound, and give it unto him that hath the ten pounds.  25 And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.  26 I say unto you, that unto every one that hath shall be given; but from him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken away from him.  27 But these mine enemies, that would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me. 

The Talents
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Mat 25:14-30 :  14 For it is as when a man, going into another country, called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.  15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his several ability; and he went on his journey.  16 Straightway he that received the five talents went and traded with them, and made other five talents.  17 In like manner he also that received the two gained other two.  18 But he that received the one went away and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.  19 Now after a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and maketh a reckoning with them.  20 And he that received the five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: lo, I have gained other five talents.  21 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord.  22 And he also that received the two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: lo, I have gained other two talents.  23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord.  24 And he also that had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou didst not sow, and gathering where thou didst not scatter;  25 and I was afraid, and went away and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, thou hast thine own.  26 But his lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I did not scatter;  27 thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back mine own with interest.  28 Take ye away therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him that hath the ten talents.  29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken away.  30 And cast ye out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. 



End-Time Parables
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The Tares     The Rich Fool     The Faithful Servant     The Faithful and Wise Steward     The Barren Fig Tree     The Budding Fig Tree     The Net     The Great Supper     The Wedding Feast     The Wise and Foolish Virgins     The Absent Householder    

The Tares
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Mat 13:24-30 :  24 Another parable set he before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man that sowed good seed in his field:  25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away.  26 But when the blade sprang up and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.  27 And the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? whence then hath it tares?  28 And he said unto them, An enemy hath done this. And the servants say unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?  29 But he saith, Nay; lest haply while ye gather up the tares, ye root up the wheat with them.  30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather up first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn. 

The Rich Fool
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Luk 12:16-21 :  16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:  17 and he reasoned within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have not where to bestow my fruits?  18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my grain and my goods.  19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, be merry.  20 But God said unto him, Thou foolish one, this night is thy soul required of thee; and the things which thou hast prepared, whose shall they be?  21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. 

The Faithful Servant
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Luk 12:35-40 :  35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lamps burning;  36 and be ye yourselves like unto men looking for their lord, when he shall return from the marriage feast; that, when he cometh and knocketh, they may straightway open unto him.  37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them sit down to meat, and shall come and serve them.  38 And if he shall come in the second watch, and if in the third, and find them so, blessed are those servants.  39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief was coming, he would have watched, and not have left his house to be broken through.  40 Be ye also ready: for in an hour that ye think not the Son of man cometh. 

The Faithful and Wise Steward
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Mat 24:45-51 :  45 Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath set over his household, to give them their food in due season?  46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.  47 Verily I say unto you, that he will set him over all that he hath.  48 But if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord tarrieth;  49 and shall begin to beat his fellow-servants, and shall eat and drink with the drunken;  50 the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he expecteth not, and in an hour when he knoweth not,  51 and shall cut him asunder, and appoint his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. 
Luk 12:42-48 :  42 And the Lord said, Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall set over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?  43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.  44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will set him over all that he hath.  45 But if that servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;  46 the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he expecteth not, and in an hour when he knoweth not, and shall cut him asunder, and appoint his portion with the unfaithful.  47 And that servant, who knew his lord’s will, and made not ready, nor did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes;  48 but he that knew not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. And to whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required: and to whom they commit much, of him will they ask the more. 

The Barren Fig Tree
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Luk 13:6-9 :  6 And he spake this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit thereon, and found none.  7 And he said unto the vinedresser, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why doth it also cumber the ground?  8 And he answering saith unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:  9 and if it bear fruit thenceforth, well; but if not, thou shalt cut it down. 

The Budding Fig Tree
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Mat 24:32-36 :  32 Now from the fig tree learn her parable: when her branch is now become tender, and putteth forth its leaves, ye know that the summer is nigh;  33 even so ye also, when ye see all these things, know ye that he is nigh, even at the doors.  34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all these things be accomplished.  35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.  36 But of that day and hour knoweth no one, not even the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only. 
Mar 13:28-32 :  28 Now from the fig tree learn her parable: when her branch is now become tender, and putteth forth its leaves, ye know that the summer is nigh;  29 even so ye also, when ye see these things coming to pass, know ye that he is nigh, even at the doors.  30 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, until all these things be accomplished.  31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.  32 But of that day or that hour knoweth no one, not even the angels in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. 
Luk 21:29-33 :  29 And he spake to them a parable: Behold the fig tree, and all the trees:  30 when they now shoot forth, ye see it and know of your own selves that the summer is now nigh.  31 Even so ye also, when ye see these things coming to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh.  32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all things be accomplished.  33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 

The Net
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Mat 13:47-50 :  47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:  48 which, when it was filled, they drew up on the beach; and they sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but the bad they cast away.  49 So shall it be in the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the righteous,  50 and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. 

The Great Supper
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Luk 14:16-24 :  16 But he said unto him, A certain man made a great supper; and he bade many:  17 and he sent forth his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.  18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a field, and I must needs go out and see it; I pray thee have me excused.  19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them; I pray thee have me excused.  20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.  21 And the servant came, and told his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor and maimed and blind and lame.  22 And the servant said, Lord, what thou didst command is done, and yet there is room.  23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and constrain them to come in, that my house may be filled.  24 For I say unto you, that none of those men that were bidden shall taste of my supper. 

The Wedding Feast
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Mat 22:2-14 :  2 The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a certain king, who made a marriage feast for his son,  3 and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the marriage feast: and they would not come.  4 Again he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them that are bidden, Behold, I have made ready my dinner; my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come to the marriage feast.  5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his merchandise;  6 and the rest laid hold on his servants, and treated them shamefully, and killed them.  7 But the king was wroth; and he sent his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.  8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they that were bidden were not worthy.  9 Go ye therefore unto the partings of the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage feast.  10 And those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was filled with guests.  11 But when the king came in to behold the guests, he saw there a man who had not on a wedding-garment:  12 and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding-garment? And he was speechless.  13 Then the king said to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and cast him out into the outer darkness; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.  14 For many are called, but few chosen. 

The Wise and Foolish Virgins
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Mat 25:1-13 :  1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.  2 And five of them were foolish, and five were wise.  3 For the foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them:  4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.  5 Now while the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.  6 But at midnight there is a cry, Behold, the bridegroom! Come ye forth to meet him.  7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.  8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are going out.  9 But the wise answered, saying, Peradventure there will not be enough for us and you: go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.  10 And while they went away to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage feast: and the door was shut.  11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.  12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.  13 Watch therefore, for ye know not the day nor the hour. 

The Absent Householder
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Mar 13:33-37 :  33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.  34  It is as when a man, sojourning in another country, having left his house, and given authority to his servants, to each one his work, commanded also the porter to watch.  35 Watch therefore: for ye know not when the lord of the house cometh, whether at even, or at midnight, or at cockcrowing, or in the morning;  36 lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.  37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. 



Forgiveness Parables
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The Creditor and Two Debtors     The Good Samaritan     The Unforgiving Servant    

The Creditor and Two Debtors
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Luk 7:41-43 :  41 A certain lender had two debtors: the one owed five hundred shillings, and the other fifty.  42 When they had not wherewith to pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him most?  43 Simon answered and said, He, I suppose, to whom he forgave the most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. 

The Good Samaritan
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Luk 10:30-37 :  30 Jesus made answer and said, A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho; and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead.  31 And by chance a certain priest was going down that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  32 And in like manner a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side.  33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he was moved with compassion,  34 and came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on them oil and wine; and he set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  35 And on the morrow he took out two shillings, and gave them to the host, and said, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, I, when I come back again, will repay thee.  36 Which of these three, thinkest thou, proved neighbor unto him that fell among the robbers?  37 And he said, He that showed mercy on him. And Jesus said unto him, Go, and do thou likewise. 

The Unforgiving Servant
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Mat 18:23-35 :  23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, who would make a reckoning with his servants.  24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, that owed him ten thousand talents.  25 But forasmuch as he had not wherewith to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.  26 The servant therefore fell down and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.  27 And the lord of that servant, being moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.  28 But that servant went out, and found one of his fellow-servants, who owed him a hundred shillings: and he laid hold on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay what thou owest.  29 So his fellow-servant fell down and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee.  30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay that which was due.  31 So when his fellow-servants saw what was done, they were exceeding sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.  32 Then his lord called him unto him, and saith to him, Thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou besoughtest me:  33 shouldest not thou also have had mercy on thy fellow-servant, even as I had mercy on thee?  34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due.  35 So shall also my heavenly Father do unto you, if ye forgive not every one his brother from your hearts. 



Prayer Parables
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The Widow
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Luk 18:1-8 :  1 And he spake a parable unto them to the end that they ought always to pray, and not to faint;  2 saying, There was in a city a judge, who feared not God, and regarded not man:  3 and there was a widow in that city; and she came oft unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.  4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;  5 yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest she wear me out by her continual coming.  6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unrighteous judge saith.  7 And shall not God avenge his elect, that cry to him day and night, and yet he is longsuffering over them?  8 I say unto you, that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? 

The Pharisee and the Publican
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Luk 18:9-14 :  9 And he spake also this parable unto certain who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and set all others at nought:  10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.  11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as the rest of men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.  12 I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all that I get.  13 But the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote his breast, saying, God, be thou merciful to me a sinner.  14 I say unto you, This man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be humbled; but he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. 



Lost & Found Parables
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The Lost Sheep     The Lost Coin     The Prodigal Son    

The Lost Sheep
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Mat 18:12-14 :  12 How think ye? if any man have a hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and go unto the mountains, and seek that which goeth astray?  13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth over it more than over the ninety and nine which have not gone astray.  14 Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. 
Luk 15:3-7 :  3 And he spake unto them this parable, saying,  4 What man of you, having a hundred sheep, and having lost one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?  5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.  6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and his neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.  7 I say unto you, that even so there shall be joy in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine righteous persons, who need no repentance. 

The Lost Coin
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Luk 15:8-10 :  8 Or what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a lamp, and sweep the house, and seek diligently until she find it?  9 And when she hath found it, she calleth together her friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I had lost.  10 Even so, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. 

The Prodigal Son
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Luk 15:11-32 :  11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:  12 and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of thy substance that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.  13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together and took his journey into a far country; and there he wasted his substance with riotous living.  14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that country; and he began to be in want.  15 And he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.  16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.  17 But when he came to himself he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish here with hunger!  18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight:  19 I am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.  20 And he arose, and came to his father. But while he was yet afar off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.  21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight: I am no more worthy to be called thy son.  22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:  23 and bring the fatted calf, and kill it, and let us eat, and make merry:  24 for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.  25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing.  26 And he called to him one of the servants, and inquired what these things might be.  27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.  28 But he was angry, and would not go in: and his father came out, and entreated him.  29 But he answered and said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, and I never transgressed a commandment of thine; and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:  30 but when this thy son came, who hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou killedst for him the fatted calf.  31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that is mine is thine.  32 But it was meet to make merry and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found. 



Other Parables
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Candle Under a Bushel     Wise Man Builds on Rock     New Cloth on Old Garment     New Wine in Old Wineskins     Planning The Cost     The Rich Man and Lazarus     The Two Sons     The Unjust Steward     The Wicked Husbandmen    

Candle Under a Bushel
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Mat 5:14-16 :  14 Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.  15 Neither do men light a lamp, and put it under the bushel, but on the stand; and it shineth unto all that are in the house.  16 Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. 
Mar 4:21-22 :  21 And he said unto them, Is the lamp brought to be put under the bushel, or under the bed, and not to be put on the stand?  22 For there is nothing hid, save that it should be manifested; neither was anything made secret, but that it should come to light. 
Luk 8:16-17 :  16 And no man, when he hath lighted a lamp, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but putteth it on a stand, that they that enter in may see the light.  17 For nothing is hid, that shall not be made manifest; nor anything secret, that shall not be known and come to light. 
Luk 11:33-36 :  33 No man, when he hath lighted a lamp, putteth it in a cellar, neither under the bushel, but on the stand, that they which enter in may see the light.  34 The lamp of thy body is thine eye: when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when it is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.  35 Look therefore whether the light that is in thee be not darkness.  36 If therefore thy whole body be full of light, having no part dark, it shall be wholly full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining doth give thee light. 

Wise Man Builds on Rock
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Mat 7:24-27 :  24 Every one therefore that heareth these words of mine, and doeth them, shall be likened unto a wise man, who built his house upon the rock:  25 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon the rock.  26 And every one that heareth these words of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand:  27 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and smote upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall thereof. 
Luk 6:47-49 :  47 Every one that cometh unto me, and heareth my words, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like:  48 he is like a man building a house, who digged and went deep, and laid a foundation upon the rock: and when a flood arose, the stream brake against that house, and could not shake it: because it had been well builded.  49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that built a house upon the earth without a foundation; against which the stream brake, and straightway it fell in; and the ruin of that house was great. 

New Cloth on Old Garment
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Mat 9:16 :  And no man putteth a piece of undressed cloth upon an old garment; for that which should fill it up taketh from the garment, and a worse rent is made. 
Mar 2:21 :  No man seweth a piece of undressed cloth on an old garment: else that which should fill it up taketh from it, the new from the old, and a worse rent is made. 
Luk 5:36 :  And he spake also a parable unto them: No man rendeth a piece from a new garment and putteth it upon an old garment; else he will rend the new, and also the piece from the new will not agree with the old. 

New Wine in Old Wineskins
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Mat 9:17 :  Neither do men put new wine into old wine-skins: else the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins perish: but they put new wine into fresh wine-skins, and both are preserved. 
Mar 2:22 :  And no man putteth new wine into old wineskins; else the wine will burst the skins, and the wine perisheth, and the skins: but they put new wine into fresh wine-skins. 
Luk 5:37-38 :  37 And no man putteth new wine into old wine-skins; else the new wine will burst the skins, and itself will be spilled, and the skins will perish.  38 But new wine must be put into fresh wine-skins. 

Planning The Cost
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Luk 14:25-35 :  25 Now there went with him great multitudes: and he turned, and said unto them,  26 If any man cometh unto me, and hateth not his own father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.  27 Whosoever doth not bear his own cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.  28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doth not first sit down and count the cost, whether he have wherewith to complete it?  29 Lest haply, when he hath laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all that behold begin to mock him,  30 saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.  31 Or what king, as he goeth to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?  32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and asketh conditions of peace.  33 So therefore whosoever he be of you that renounceth not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.  34 Salt therefore is good: but if even the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be seasoned?  35 It is fit neither for the land nor for the dunghill: men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 

The Rich Man and Lazarus
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Luk 16:19-31 :  19 Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, faring sumptuously every day:  20 and a certain beggar named Lazarus was laid at his gate, full of sores,  21 and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table; yea, even the dogs came and licked his sores.  22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: and the rich man also died, and was buried.  23 And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.  24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.  25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things: but now here he is comforted, and thou art in anguish.  26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, that they that would pass from hence to you may not be able, and that none may cross over from thence to us.  27 And he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house;  28 for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.  29 But Abraham saith, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.  30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one go to them from the dead, they will repent.  31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, if one rise from the dead. 

The Two Sons
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Mat 21:28-32 :  28 But what think ye? A man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to-day in the vineyard.  29 And he answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented himself, and went.  30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.  31 Which of the two did the will of his father? They say, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, that the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.  32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not; but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye saw it, did not even repent yourselves afterward, that ye might believe him. 

The Unjust Steward
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Luk 16:1-13 :  1 And he said also unto the disciples, There was a certain rich man, who had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he was wasting his goods.  2 And he called him, and said unto him, What is this that I hear of thee? render the account of thy stewardship; for thou canst be no longer steward.  3 And the steward said within himself, What shall I do, seeing that my lord taketh away the stewardship from me? I have not strength to dig; to beg I am ashamed.  4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.  5 And calling to him each one of his lord’s debtors, he said to the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?  6 And he said, A hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bond, and sit down quickly and write fifty.  7 Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, A hundred measures of wheat. He saith unto him, Take thy bond, and write fourscore.  8 And his lord commended the unrighteous steward because he had done wisely: for the sons of this world are for their own generation wiser than the sons of the light.  9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends by means of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when it shall fail, they may receive you into the eternal tabernacles.  10 He that is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much: and he that is unrighteous in a very little is unrighteous also in much.  11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?  12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?  13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 

The Wicked Husbandmen
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Mat 21:33-45 :  33 Hear another parable: There was a man that was a householder, who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge about it, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into another country.  34 And when the season of the fruits drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, to receive his fruits.  35 And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.  36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them in like manner.  37 But afterward he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.  38 But the husbandmen, when they saw the son, said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and take his inheritance.  39 And they took him, and cast him forth out of the vineyard, and killed him.  40 When therefore the lord of the vineyard shall come, what will he do unto those husbandmen?  41 They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those miserable men, and will let out the vineyard unto other husbandmen, who shall render him the fruits in their seasons.  42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, The same was made the head of the corner; This was from the Lord, And it is marvellous in our eyes?  43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken away from you, and shall be given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.  44 And he that falleth on this stone shall be broken to pieces: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will scatter him as dust.  45 And when the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. 
Mar 12:1-12 :  1 And he began to speak unto them in parables. A man planted a vineyard, and set a hedge about it, and digged a pit for the winepress, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into another country.  2 And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruits of the vineyard.  3 And they took him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.  4 And again he sent unto them another servant; and him they wounded in the head, and handled shamefully.  5 And he sent another; and him they killed: and many others; beating some, and killing some.  6 He had yet one, a beloved son: he sent him last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.  7 But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.  8 And they took him, and killed him, and cast him forth out of the vineyard.  9 What therefore will the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.  10 Have ye not read even this scripture: The stone which the builders rejected, The same was made the head of the corner;  11 This was from the Lord, And it is marvellous in our eyes?  12 And they sought to lay hold on him; and they feared the multitude; for they perceived that he spake the parable against them: and they left him, and went away. 
Luk 20:9-19 :  9 And he began to speak unto the people this parable: A man planted a vineyard, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into another country for a long time.  10 And at the season he sent unto the husbandmen a servant, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty.  11 And he sent yet another servant: and him also they beat, and handled him shamefully, and sent him away empty.  12 And he sent yet a third: and him also they wounded, and cast him forth.  13 And the lord of the vineyard said, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; it may be they will reverence him.  14 But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned one with another, saying, This is the heir; let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.  15 And they cast him forth out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore will the lord of the vineyard do unto them?  16 He will come and destroy these husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.  17 But he looked upon them, and said, What then is this that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, The same was made the head of the corner?  18 Every one that falleth on that stone shall be broken to pieces; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will scatter him as dust.  19 And the scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him in that very hour; and they feared the people: for they perceived that he spake this parable against them.