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Kingdom Parables
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The Sower
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Mat 13:3-23 :  3 and he spake to them many things in similes, saying: 'Lo, the sower went forth to sow,  4 and in his sowing, some indeed fell by the way, and the fowls did come and devour them,  5 and others fell upon the rocky places, where they had not much earth, and immediately they sprang forth, through not having depth of earth,  6 and the sun having risen they were scorched, and through not having root, they withered,  7 and others fell upon the thorns, and the thorns did come up and choke them,  8 and others fell upon the good ground, and were giving fruit, some indeed a hundredfold, and some sixty, and some thirty.  9 He who is having ears to hear -- let him hear.'  10 And the disciples having come near, said to him, 'Wherefore in similes dost thou speak to them?'  11 And he answering said to them that -- 'To you it hath been given to know the secrets of the reign of the heavens, and to these it hath not been given,  12 for whoever hath, it shall be given to him, and he shall have overabundance, and whoever hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken from him.  13 'Because of this, in similes do I speak to them, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor understand,  14 and fulfilled on them is the prophecy of Isaiah, that saith, With hearing ye shall hear, and ye shall not understand, and seeing ye shall see, and ye shall not perceive,  15 for made gross was the heart of this people, and with the ears they heard heavily, and their eyes they did close, lest they might see with the eyes, and with the ears might hear, and with the heart understand, and turn back, and I might heal them.  16 'And happy are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear,  17 for verily I say to you, that many prophets and righteous men did desire to see that which ye look on, and they did not see, and to hear that which ye hear, and they did not hear.  18 'Ye, therefore, hear ye the simile of the sower:  19 Every one hearing the word of the reign, and not understanding -- the evil one doth come, and doth catch that which hath been sown in his heart; this is that sown by the way.  20 'And that sown on the rocky places, this is he who is hearing the word, and immediately with joy is receiving it,  21 and he hath not root in himself, but is temporary, and persecution or tribulation having happened because of the word, immediately he is stumbled.  22 'And that sown toward the thorns, this is he who is hearing the word, and the anxiety of this age, and the deceitfulness of the riches, do choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.  23 'And that sown on the good ground: this is he who is hearing the word, and is understanding, who indeed doth bear fruit, and doth make, some indeed a hundredfold, and some sixty, and some thirty.' 
Mar 4:2-20 :  2 and he taught them many things in similes, and he said to them in his teaching:  3 'Hearken, lo, the sower went forth to sow;  4 and it came to pass, in the sowing, some fell by the way, and the fowls of the heaven did come and devour it;  5 and other fell upon the rocky ground, where it had not much earth, and immediately it sprang forth, because of not having depth of earth,  6 and the sun having risen, it was scorched, and because of not having root it did wither;  7 and other fell toward the thorns, and the thorns did come up, and choke it, and fruit it gave not;  8 and other fell to the good ground, and was giving fruit, coming up and increasing, and it bare, one thirty-fold, and one sixty, and one an hundred.'  9 And he said to them, 'He who is having ears to hear -- let him hear.'  10 And when he was alone, those about him, with the twelve, did ask him of the simile,  11 and he said to them, 'To you it hath been given to know the secret of the reign of God, but to those who are without, in similes are all the things done;  12 that seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand, lest they may turn, and the sins may be forgiven them.'  13 And he saith to them, 'Have ye not known this simile? and how shall ye know all the similes?  14 He who is sowing doth sow the word;  15 and these are they by the way where the word is sown: and whenever they may hear, immediately cometh the Adversary, and he taketh away the word that hath been sown in their hearts.  16 'And these are they, in like manner, who on the rocky ground are sown: who, whenever they may hear the word, immediately with joy do receive it,  17 and have not root in themselves, but are temporary; afterward tribulation or persecution having come because of the word, immediately they are stumbled.  18 'And these are they who toward the thorns are sown: these are they who are hearing the word,  19 and the anxieties of this age, and the deceitfulness of the riches, and the desires concerning the other things, entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.  20 'And these are they who on the good ground have been sown: who do hear the word, and receive, and do bear fruit, one thirty-fold, and one sixty, and one an hundred.' 
Luk 8:4-15 :  4 And a great multitude having gathered, and those who from city and city were coming unto him, he spake by a simile:  5 'The sower went forth to sow his seed, and in his sowing some indeed fell beside the way, and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the heaven did devour it.  6 'And other fell upon the rock, and having sprung up, it did wither, through not having moisture.  7 'And other fell amidst the thorns, and the thorns having sprung up with it, did choke it.  8 'And other fell upon the good ground, and having sprung up, it made fruit an hundred fold.' These things saying, he was calling, 'He having ears to hear -- let him hear.'  9 And his disciples were questioning him, saying, 'What may this simile be?'  10 And he said, 'To you it hath been given to know the secrets of the reign of God, and to the rest in similes; that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.  11 'And this is the simile: The seed is the word of God,  12 and those beside the way are those hearing, then cometh the Devil, and taketh up the word from their heart, lest having believed, they may be saved.  13 'And those upon the rock: They who, when they may hear, with joy do receive the word, and these have no root, who for a time believe, and in time of temptation fall away.  14 'And that which fell to the thorns: These are they who have heard, and going forth, through anxieties, and riches, and pleasures of life, are choked, and bear not to completion.  15 'And that in the good ground: These are they, who in an upright and good heart, having heard the word, do retain it, and bear fruit in continuance. 

The Growing Seed
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Mar 4:26-29 :  26 And he said, 'Thus is the reign of God: as if a man may cast the seed on the earth,  27 and may sleep, and may rise night and day, and the seed spring up and grow, he hath not known how;  28 for of itself doth the earth bear fruit, first a blade, afterwards an ear, afterwards full corn in the ear;  29 and whenever the fruit may yield itself, immediately he doth send forth the sickle, because the harvest hath come.' 

The Mustard Seed
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Mat 13:31-32 :  31 Another simile he set before them, saying: 'The reign of the heavens is like to a grain of mustard, which a man having taken, did sow in his field,  32 which less, indeed, is than all the seeds, but when it may be grown, is greatest of the herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the heaven do come and rest in its branches.' 
Mar 4:30-32 :  30 And he said, 'To what may we liken the reign of God, or in what simile may we compare it?  31 As a grain of mustard, which, whenever it may be sown on the earth, is less than any of the seeds that are on the earth;  32 and whenever it may be sown, it cometh up, and doth become greater than any of the herbs, and doth make great branches, so that under its shade the fowls of the heaven are able to rest.' 
Luk 13:18-19 :  18 And he said, 'To what is the reign of God like? and to what shall I liken it?  19 It is like to a grain of mustard, which a man having taken, did cast into his garden, and it increased, and came to a great tree, and the fowls of the heavens did rest in its branches.' 

The Leaven
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Mat 13:33 :  Another simile spake he to them: 'The reign of the heavens is like to leaven, which a woman having taken, hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.' 
Luk 13:20-21 :  20 And again he said, 'To what shall I liken the reign of God?  21 It is like leaven, which a woman, having taken, did hide in three measures of meal, till that all was leavened.' 

The Hidden Treasure
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Mat 13:44 :  'Again, the reign of the heavens is like to treasure hid in the field, which a man having found did hide, and from his joy goeth, and all, as much as he hath, he selleth, and buyeth that field. 

The Pearl of Great Price
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Mat 13:45-46 :  45 'Again, the reign of the heavens is like to a man, a merchant, seeking goodly pearls,  46 who having found one pearl of great price, having gone away, hath sold all, as much as 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 he of you -- having a servant ploughing or feeding -- who, to him having come in out of the field, will say, Having come near, recline at meat?  8 but will not rather say to him, Prepare what I may sup, and having girded thyself about, minister to me, till I eat and drink, and after these things thou shalt eat and drink?  9 Hath he favour to that servant because he did the things directed? I think not.  10 'So also ye, when ye may have done all the things directed you, say -- We are unprofitable servants, because that which we owed to do -- we have done.' 

The Laborers in the Vineyard
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Mat 20:1-16 :  1 'For the reign of the heavens is like to a man, a householder, who went forth with the morning to hire workmen for his vineyard,  2 and having agreed with the workmen for a denary a day, he sent them into his vineyard.  3 'And having gone forth about the third hour, he saw others standing in the market-place idle,  4 and to these he said, Go ye -- also ye -- to the vineyard, and whatever may be righteous I will give you;  5 and they went away. 'Again, having gone forth about the sixth and the ninth hour, he did in like manner.  6 And about the eleventh hour, having gone forth, he found others standing idle, and saith to them, Why here have ye stood all the day idle?  7 they say to him, Because no one did hire us; he saith to them, Go ye -- ye also -- to the vineyard, and whatever may be righteous ye shall receive.  8 'And evening having come, the lord of the vineyard saith to his steward, Call the workmen, and pay them the reward, having begun from the last -- unto the first.  9 And they of about the eleventh hour having come, did receive each a denary.  10 'And the first having come, did suppose that they shall receive more, and they received, they also, each a denary,  11 and having received it, they were murmuring against the householder, saying,  12 that These, the last, wrought one hour, and thou didst make them equal to us, who were bearing the burden of the day -- and the heat.  13 'And he answering said to one of them, Comrade, I do no unrighteousness to thee; for a denary didst not thou agree with me?  14 take that which is thine, and go; and I will to give to this, the last, also as to thee;  15 is it not lawful to me to do what I will in mine own? is thine eye evil because I am good?  16 So the last shall be first, and the first last, for many are called, and few chosen.' 

The Pounds
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Luk 19:11-27 :  11 And while they are hearing these things, having added he spake a simile, because of his being nigh to Jerusalem, and of their thinking that the reign of God is about presently to be made manifest.  12 He said therefore, 'A certain man of birth went on to a far country, to take to himself a kingdom, and to return,  13 and having called ten servants of his own, he gave to them ten pounds, and said unto them, Do business -- till I come;  14 and his citizens were hating him, and did send an embassy after him, saying, We do not wish this one to reign over us.  15 'And it came to pass, on his coming back, having taken the kingdom, that he commanded these servants to be called to him, to whom he gave the money, that he might know what any one had done in business.  16 'And the first came near, saying, Sir, thy pound did gain ten pounds;  17 and he said to him, Well done, good servant, because in a very little thou didst become faithful, be having authority over ten cities.  18 'And the second came, saying, Sir, thy pound made five pounds;  19 and he said also to this one, And thou, become thou over five cities.  20 'And another came, saying, Sir, lo, thy pound, that I had lying away in a napkin;  21 for I was afraid of thee, because thou art an austere man; thou takest up what thou didst not lay down, and reapest what thou didst not sow.  22 'And he saith to him, Out of thy mouth I will judge thee, evil servant: thou knewest that I am an austere man, taking up what I did not lay down, and reaping what I did not sow!  23 and wherefore didst thou not give my money to the bank, and I, having come, with interest might have received it?  24 'And to those standing by he said, Take from him the pound, and give to him having the ten pounds --  25 (and they said to him, Sir, he hath ten pounds) --  26 for I say to you, that to every one having shall be given, and from him not having, also what he hath shall be taken from him,  27 but those my enemies, who did not wish me to reign over them, bring hither and slay before me.' 

The Talents
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Mat 25:14-30 :  14 'For -- as a man going abroad did call his own servants, and did deliver to them his substance,  15 and to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to each according to his several ability, went abroad immediately.  16 'And he who did receive the five talents, having gone, wrought with them, and made other five talents;  17 in like manner also he who received the two, he gained, also he, other two;  18 and he who did receive the one, having gone away, digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.  19 'And after a long time cometh the lord of those servants, and taketh reckoning with them;  20 and he who did receive the five talents having come, brought other five talents, saying, 'Sir, five talents thou didst deliver to me; lo, other five talents did I gain besides them.  21 'And his lord said to him, Well done, servant, good and faithful, over a few things thou wast faithful, over many things I will set thee; enter into the joy of thy lord.  22 'And he who also did receive the two talents having come, said, Sir, two talents thou didst deliver to me; lo, other two talents I did gain besides them.  23 'His lord said to him, Well done, servant, good and faithful, over a few things thou wast faithful, over many things I will set thee; enter into the joy of thy lord.  24 'And he also who hath received the one talent having come, said, Sir, I knew thee, that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou didst not sow, and gathering from whence thou didst not scatter;  25 and having been afraid, having gone away, I hid thy talent in the earth; lo, thou hast thine own!  26 'And his lord answering said to him, Evil servant, and slothful, thou hadst known that I reap where I did not sow, and I gather whence I did not scatter!  27 it behoved thee then to put my money to the money-lenders, and having come I had received mine own with increase.  28 'Take therefore from him the talent, and give to him having the ten talents,  29 for to every one having shall be given, and he shall have overabundance, and from him who is not having, even that which he hath shall be taken from him;  30 and the unprofitable servant cast ye forth to the outer darkness; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of the 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 simile he set before them, saying: 'The reign of the heavens was likened to a man sowing good seed in his field,  25 and, while men are sleeping, his enemy came and sowed darnel in the midst of the wheat, and went away,  26 and when the herb sprang up, and yielded fruit, then appeared also the darnel.  27 'And the servants of the householder, having come near, said to him, Sir, good seed didst thou not sow in thy field? whence then hath it the darnel?  28 And he saith to them, A man, an enemy, did this; and the servants said to him, Wilt thou, then, that having gone away we may gather it up?  29 'And he said, No, lest -- gathering up the darnel -- ye root up with it the wheat,  30 suffer both to grow together till the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather up first the darnel, and bind it in bundles, to burn it, and the wheat gather up into my storehouse.' 

The Rich Fool
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Luk 12:16-21 :  16 And he spake a simile unto them, saying, 'Of a certain rich man the field brought forth well;  17 and he was reasoning within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have not where I shall gather together my fruits?  18 and he said, This I will do, I will take down my storehouses, and greater ones I will build, and I will gather together there all my products and my good things,  19 and I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast many good things laid up for many years, be resting, eat, drink, be merry.  20 'And God said to him, Unthinking one! this night thy soul they shall require from thee, and what things thou didst prepare -- to whom shall they be?  21 so is he who is treasuring up to himself, and is not rich toward God.' 

The Faithful Servant
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Luk 12:35-40 :  35 'Let your loins be girded, and the lamps burning,  36 and ye like to men waiting for their lord, when he shall return out of the wedding feasts, that he having come and knocked, immediately they may open to him.  37 'Happy those servants, whom the lord, having come, shall find watching; verily I say to you, that he will gird himself, and will cause them to recline (at meat), and having come near, will minister to them;  38 and if he may come in the second watch, and in the third watch he may come, and may find it so, happy are those servants.  39 'And this know, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief doth come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken through;  40 and ye, then, become ye ready, because at the hour ye think not, the Son of Man doth come.' 

The Faithful and Wise Steward
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Mat 24:45-51 :  45 'Who, then, is the servant, faithful and wise, whom his lord did set over his household, to give them the nourishment in season?  46 Happy that servant, whom his lord, having come, shall find doing so;  47 verily I say to you, that over all his substance he will set him.  48 'And, if that evil servant may say in his heart, My Lord doth delay to come,  49 and may begin to beat the fellow-servants, and to eat and to drink with the drunken,  50 the lord of that servant will arrive in a day when he doth not expect, and in an hour of which he doth not know,  51 and will cut him off, and his portion with the hypocrites will appoint; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth. 
Luk 12:42-48 :  42 And the Lord said, 'Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the lord shall set over his household, to give in season the wheat measure?  43 Happy that servant, whom his lord, having come, shall find doing so;  44 truly I say to you, that over all his goods he will set him.  45 'And if that servant may say in his heart, My lord doth delay to come, and may begin to beat the men-servants and the maid-servants, to eat also, and to drink, and to be drunken;  46 the lord of that servant will come in a day in which he doth not look for him, and in an hour that he doth not know, and will cut him off, and his portion with the unfaithful he will appoint.  47 'And that servant, who having known his lord's will, and not having prepared, nor having gone according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes,  48 and he who, not having known, and having done things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few; and to every one to whom much was given, much shall be required from him; and to whom they did commit much, more abundantly they will ask of him. 

The Barren Fig Tree
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Luk 13:6-9 :  6 And he spake this simile: 'A certain one had a fig-tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit in it, and he did not find;  7 and he said unto the vine-dresser, Lo, three years I come seeking fruit in this fig-tree, and do not find, cut it off, why also the ground doth it render useless?  8 'And he answering saith to him, Sir, suffer it also this year, till that I may dig about it, and cast in dung;  9 and if indeed it may bear fruit --; and if not so, thereafter thou shalt cut it off.' 

The Budding Fig Tree
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Mat 24:32-36 :  32 'And from the fig-tree learn ye the simile: When already its branch may have become tender, and the leaves it may put forth, ye know that summer is nigh,  33 so also ye, when ye may see all these, ye know that it is nigh -- at the doors.  34 Verily I say to you, this generation may not pass away till all these may come to pass.  35 The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.  36 'And concerning that day and the hour no one hath known -- not even the messengers of the heavens -- except my Father only; 
Mar 13:28-32 :  28 'And from the fig-tree learn ye the simile: when the branch may already become tender, and may put forth the leaves, ye know that nigh is the summer;  29 so ye, also, when these ye may see coming to pass, ye know that it is nigh, at the doors.  30 Verily I say to you, that this generation may not pass away till all these things may come to pass;  31 the heaven and the earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.  32 'And concerning that day and the hour no one hath known -- not even the messengers who are in the heaven, not even the Son -- except the Father. 
Luk 21:29-33 :  29 And he spake a simile to them: 'See the fig-tree, and all the trees,  30 when they may now cast forth, having seen, of yourselves ye know that now is the summer nigh;  31 so also ye, when ye may see these things happening, ye know that near is the reign of God;  32 verily I say to you -- This generation may not pass away till all may have come to pass;  33 the heaven and the earth shall pass away, but my words may not pass away. 

The Net
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Mat 13:47-50 :  47 'Again, the reign of the heavens is like to a net that was cast into the sea, and did gather together of every kind,  48 which, when it was filled, having drawn up again upon the beach, and having sat down, they gathered the good into vessels, and the bad they did cast out,  49 so shall it be in the full end of the age, the messengers shall come forth and separate the evil out of the midst of the righteous,  50 and shall cast them to the furnace of the fire, there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth.' 

The Great Supper
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Luk 14:16-24 :  16 and he said to him, 'A certain man made a great supper, and called many,  17 and he sent his servant at the hour of the supper to say to those having been called, Be coming, because now are all things ready.  18 'And they began with one consent all to excuse themselves: The first said to him, A field I bought, and I have need to go forth and see it; I beg of thee, have me excused.  19 'And another said, Five yoke of oxen I bought, and I go on to prove them; I beg of thee, have me excused:  20 and another said, A wife I married, and because of this I am not able to come.  21 'And that servant having come, told to his lord these things, then the master of the house, having been angry, said to his servant, Go forth quickly to the broad places and lanes of the city, and the poor, and maimed, and lame, and blind, bring in hither.  22 'And the servant said, Sir, it hath been done as thou didst command, and still there is room.  23 'And the lord said unto the servant, Go forth to the ways and hedges, and constrain to come in, that my house may be filled;  24 for I say to you, that none of those men who have been called shall taste of my supper.' 

The Wedding Feast
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Mat 22:2-14 :  2 'The reign of the heavens was likened to a man, a king, who made marriage-feasts for his son,  3 and he sent forth his servants to call those having been called to the marriage-feasts, and they were not willing to come.  4 'Again he sent forth other servants, saying, Say to those who have been called: Lo, my dinner I prepared, my oxen and the fatlings have been killed, and all things are ready, come ye to the marriage-feasts;  5 and they, having disregarded it, went away, the one to his own field, and the other to his merchandise;  6 and the rest, having laid hold on his servants, did insult and slay them.  7 'And the king having heard, was wroth, and having sent forth his soldiers, he destroyed those murderers, and their city he set on fire;  8 then saith he to his servants, The marriage-feast indeed is ready, and those called were not worthy,  9 be going, then, on to the cross-ways, and as many as ye may find, call ye to the marriage-feasts.  10 'And those servants, having gone forth to the ways, did gather all, as many as they found, both bad and good, and the marriage-feast apartment was filled with those reclining.  11 'And the king having come in to view those reclining, saw there a man not clothed with clothing of the marriage-feast,  12 and he saith to him, Comrade, how didst thou come in hither, not having clothing of the marriage-feast? and he was speechless.  13 'Then said the king to the ministrants, Having bound his feet and hands, take him up and cast forth to the outer darkness, there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth;  14 for many are called, and few chosen.' 

The Wise and Foolish Virgins
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Mat 25:1-13 :  1 'Then shall the reign of the heavens be likened to ten virgins, who, having taken their lamps, went forth to meet the bridegroom;  2 and five of them were prudent, and five foolish;  3 they who were foolish having taken their lamps, did not take with themselves oil;  4 and the prudent took oil in their vessels, with their lamps.  5 'And the bridegroom tarrying, they all nodded and were sleeping,  6 and in the middle of the night a cry was made, Lo, the bridegroom doth come; go ye forth to meet him.  7 'Then rose all those virgins, and trimmed their lamps,  8 and the foolish said to the prudent, Give us of your oil, because our lamps are going out;  9 and the prudent answered, saying -- Lest there may not be sufficient for us and you, go ye rather unto those selling, and buy for yourselves.  10 'And while they are going away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those ready went in with him to the marriage-feasts, and the door was shut;  11 and afterwards come also do the rest of the virgins, saying, Sir, sir, open to us;  12 and he answering said, Verily I say to you, I have not known you.  13 'Watch therefore, for ye have not known the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man doth come. 

The Absent Householder
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Mar 13:33-37 :  33 Take heed, watch and pray, for ye have not known when the time is;  34 as a man who is gone abroad, having left his house, and given to his servants the authority, and to each one his work, did command also the porter that he may watch;  35 watch ye, therefore, for ye have not known when the lord of the house doth come, at even, or at midnight, or at cock-crowing, or at the morning;  36 lest, having come suddenly, he may find you sleeping;  37 and what I say to you, I say to 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 'Two debtors were to a certain creditor; the one was owing five hundred denaries, and the other fifty;  42 and they not having wherewith to give back, he forgave both; which then of them, say thou, will love him more?'  43 And Simon answering said, 'I suppose that to whom he forgave the more;' and he said to him, 'Rightly thou didst judge.' 

The Good Samaritan
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Luk 10:30-37 :  30 and Jesus having taken up the word, said, 'A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and having stripped him and inflicted blows, they went away, leaving him half dead.  31 'And by a coincidence a certain priest was going down in that way, and having seen him, he passed over on the opposite side;  32 and in like manner also, a Levite, having been about the place, having come and seen, passed over on the opposite side.  33 'But a certain Samaritan, journeying, came along him, and having seen him, he was moved with compassion,  34 and having come near, he bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine, and having lifted him up on his own beast, he brought him to an inn, and was careful of him;  35 and on the morrow, going forth, taking out two denaries, he gave to the innkeeper, and said to him, Be careful of him, and whatever thou mayest spend more, I, in my coming again, will give back to thee.  36 'Who, then, of these three, seemeth to thee to have become neighbour of him who fell among the robbers?'  37 and he said, 'He who did the kindness with him,' then Jesus said to him, 'Be going on, and thou be doing in like manner.' 

The Unforgiving Servant
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Mat 18:23-35 :  23 'Because of this was the reign of the heavens likened to a man, a king, who did will to take reckoning with his servants,  24 and he having begun to take account, there was brought near to him one debtor of a myriad of talents,  25 and he having nothing to pay, his lord did command him to be sold, and his wife, and the children, and all, whatever he had, and payment to be made.  26 The servant then, having fallen down, was bowing to him, saying, Sir, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all;  27 and the lord of that servant having been moved with compassion did release him, and the debt he forgave him.  28 'And, that servant having come forth, found one of his fellow-servants who was owing him an hundred denaries, and having laid hold, he took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that which thou owest.  29 His fellow-servant then, having fallen down at his feet, was calling on him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all;  30 and he would not, but having gone away, he cast him into prison, till he might pay that which was owing.  31 'And his fellow-servants having seen the things that were done, were grieved exceedingly, and having come, shewed fully to their lord all the things that were done;  32 then having called him, his lord saith to him, Evil servant! all that debt I did forgive thee, seeing thou didst call upon me,  33 did it not behove also thee to have dealt kindly with thy fellow-servant, as I also dealt kindly with thee?  34 'And having been wroth, his lord delivered him to the inquisitors, till he might pay all that was owing to him;  35 so also my heavenly Father will do to you, if ye may not forgive each one his brother from your hearts their trespasses.' 



Prayer Parables
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The Widow     The Pharisee and the Publican    

The Widow
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Luk 18:1-8 :  1 And he spake also a simile to them, that it behoveth us always to pray, and not to faint,  2 saying, 'A certain judge was in a certain city -- God he is not fearing, and man he is not regarding --  3 and a widow was in that city, and she was coming unto him, saying, Do me justice on my opponent,  4 and he would not for a time, but after these things he said in himself, Even if God I do not fear, and man do not regard,  5 yet because this widow doth give me trouble, I will do her justice, lest, perpetually coming, she may plague me.'  6 And the Lord said, 'Hear ye what the unrighteous judge saith:  7 and shall not God execute the justice to His choice ones, who are crying unto Him day and night -- bearing long in regard to them?  8 I say to you, that He will execute the justice to them quickly; but the Son of Man having come, shall he find the faith upon the earth?' 

The Pharisee and the Publican
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Luk 18:9-14 :  9 And he spake also unto certain who have been trusting in themselves that they were righteous, and have been despising the rest, this simile:  10 'Two men went up to the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee, and the other a tax-gatherer;  11 the Pharisee having stood by himself, thus prayed: God, I thank Thee that I am not as the rest of men, rapacious, unrighteous, adulterers, or even as this tax-gatherer;  12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all things -- as many as I possess.  13 'And the tax-gatherer, having stood afar off, would not even the eyes lift up to the heaven, but was smiting on his breast, saying, God be propitious to me -- the sinner!  14 I say to you, this one went down declared righteous, to his house, rather than that one: for every one who is exalting himself shall be humbled, and he who is humbling 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 'What think ye? if a man may have an hundred sheep, and there may go astray one of them, doth he not -- having left the ninety-nine, having gone on the mountains -- seek that which is gone astray?  13 and if it may come to pass that he doth find it, verily I say to you, that he doth rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that have not gone astray;  14 so it is not will in presence of your Father who is in the heavens, that one of these little ones may perish. 
Luk 15:3-7 :  3 And he spake unto them this simile, saying,  4 'What man of you having a hundred sheep, and having lost one out of them, doth not leave behind the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go on after the lost one, till he may find it?  5 and having found, he doth lay it on his shoulders rejoicing,  6 and having come to the house, he doth call together the friends and the neighbours, saying to them, Rejoice with me, because I found my sheep -- the lost one.  7 'I say to you, that so joy shall be in the heaven over one sinner reforming, rather than over ninety-nine righteous men, who have no need of reformation. 

The Lost Coin
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Luk 15:8-10 :  8 'Or what woman having ten drachms, if she may lose one drachm, doth not light a lamp, and sweep the house, and seek carefully till that she may find?  9 and having found, she doth call together the female friends and the neighbours, saying, Rejoice with me, for I found the drachm that I lost.  10 'So I say to you, joy doth come before the messengers of God over one sinner reforming.' 

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 the father, Father, give me the portion of the substance falling to me, and he divided to them the living.  13 'And not many days after, having gathered all together, the younger son went abroad to a far country, and there he scattered his substance, living riotously;  14 and he having spent all, there came a mighty famine on that country, and himself began to be in want;  15 and having gone on, he joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him to the fields to feed swine,  16 and he was desirous to fill his belly from the husks that the swine were eating, and no one was giving to him.  17 'And having come to himself, he said, How many hirelings of my father have a superabundance of bread, and I here with hunger am perishing!  18 having risen, I will go on unto my father, and will say to him, Father, I did sin -- to the heaven, and before thee,  19 and no more am I worthy to be called thy son; make me as one of thy hirelings.  20 'And having risen, he went unto his own father, and he being yet far distant, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and having ran he fell upon his neck and kissed him;  21 and the son said to him, Father, I did sin -- to the heaven, and before thee, and no more am I worthy to be called thy son.  22 'And the father said unto his servants, Bring forth the first robe, and clothe him, and give a ring for his hand, and sandals for the feet;  23 and having brought the fatted calf, kill it, and having eaten, we may be merry,  24 because this my son was dead, and did live again, and he was lost, and was found; and they began to be merry.  25 'And his elder son was in a field, and as, coming, he drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing,  26 and having called near one of the young men, he was inquiring what these things might be,  27 and he said to him -- Thy brother is arrived, and thy father did kill the fatted calf, because in health he did receive him back.  28 'And he was angry, and would not go in, therefore his father, having come forth, was entreating him;  29 and he answering said to the father, Lo, so many years I do serve thee, and never thy command did I transgress, and to me thou didst never give a kid, that with my friends I might make merry;  30 but when thy son -- this one who did devour thy living with harlots -- came, thou didst kill to him the fatted calf.  31 'And he said to him, Child, thou art always with me, and all my things are thine;  32 but to be merry, and to be glad, it was needful, because this thy brother was dead, and did live again, he was lost, and was 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 upon a mount is not able to be hid;  15 nor do they light a lamp, and put it under the measure, but on the lamp-stand, and it shineth to all those in the house;  16 so let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and may glorify your Father who is in the heavens. 
Mar 4:21-22 :  21 And he said to them, 'Doth the lamp come that under the measure it may be put, or under the couch -- not that it may be put on the lamp-stand?  22 for there is not anything hid that may not be manifested, nor was anything kept hid but that it may come to light. 
Luk 8:16-17 :  16 'And no one having lighted a lamp doth cover it with a vessel, or under a couch doth put it; but upon a lamp-stand he doth put it, that those coming in may see the light,  17 for nothing is secret, that shall not become manifest, nor hid, that shall not be known, and become manifest. 
Luk 11:33-36 :  33 'And no one having lighted a lamp, doth put it in a secret place, nor under the measure, but on the lamp-stand, that those coming in may behold the light.  34 'The lamp of the body is the eye, when then thine eye may be simple, thy whole body also is lightened; and when it may be evil, thy body also is darkened;  35 take heed, then, lest the light that is in thee be darkness;  36 if then thy whole body is lightened, not having any part darkened, the whole shall be lightened, as when the lamp by the brightness may give thee light.' 

Wise Man Builds on Rock
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Mat 7:24-27 :  24 'Therefore, every one who doth hear of me these words, and doth do them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house upon the rock;  25 and the rain did descend, and the streams came, and the winds blew, and they beat on that house, and it fell not, for it had been founded on the rock.  26 'And every one who is hearing of me these words, and is not doing them, shall be likened to a foolish man who built his house upon the sand;  27 and the rain did descend, and the streams came, and the winds blew, and they beat on that house, and it fell, and its fall was great.' 
Luk 6:47-49 :  47 Every one who is coming unto me, and is hearing my words, and is doing them, I will shew you to whom he is like;  48 he is like to a man building a house, who did dig, and deepen, and laid a foundation upon the rock, and a flood having come, the stream broke forth on that house, and was not able to shake it, for it had been founded upon the rock.  49 'And he who heard and did not, is like to a man having builded a house upon the earth, without a foundation, against which the stream brake forth, and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house became great.' 

New Cloth on Old Garment
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Mat 9:16 :  'And no one doth put a patch of undressed cloth on an old garment, for its filling up doth take from the garment, and a worse rent is made. 
Mar 2:21 :  'And no one a patch of undressed cloth doth sew on an old garment, and if not -- the new filling it up doth take from the old and the rent doth become worse; 
Luk 5:36 :  And he spake also a simile unto them -- 'No one a patch of new clothing doth put on old clothing, and if otherwise, the new also doth make a rent, and with the old the patch doth not agree, that is from the new. 

New Wine in Old Wineskins
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Mat 9:17 :  'Nor do they put new wine into old skins, and if not -- the skins burst, and the wine doth run out, and the skins are destroyed, but they put new wine into new skins, and both are preserved together.' 
Mar 2:22 :  and no one doth put new wine into old skins, and if not -- the new wine doth burst the skins, and the wine is poured out, and the skins will be destroyed; but new wine into new skins is to be put.' 
Luk 5:37-38 :  37 'And no one doth put new wine into old skins, and if otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and itself will be poured out, and the skins will be destroyed;  38 but new wine into new skins is to be put, and both are preserved together; 

Planning The Cost
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Luk 14:25-35 :  25 And there were going on with him great multitudes, and having turned, he said unto them,  26 'If any one doth come unto me, and doth not hate his own father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, and yet even his own life, he is not able to be my disciple;  27 and whoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, is not able to be my disciple.  28 'For who of you, willing to build a tower, doth not first, having sat down, count the expense, whether he have the things for completing?  29 lest that he having laid a foundation, and not being able to finish, all who are beholding may begin to mock him,  30 saying -- This man began to build, and was not able to finish.  31 'Or what king going on to engage with another king in war, doth not, having sat down, first consult if he be able with ten thousand to meet him who with twenty thousand is coming against him?  32 and if not so -- he being yet a long way off -- having sent an embassy, he doth ask the things for peace.  33 'So, then, every one of you who doth not take leave of all that he himself hath, is not able to be my disciple.  34 'The salt is good, but if the salt doth become tasteless, with what shall it be seasoned?  35 neither for land nor for manure is it fit -- they cast it without. He who is having ears to hear -- let him hear.' 

The Rich Man and Lazarus
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Luk 16:19-31 :  19 'And -- a certain man was rich, and was clothed in purple and fine linen, making merry sumptuously every day,  20 and there was a certain poor man, by name Lazarus, who was laid at his porch, full of sores,  21 and desiring to be filled from the crumbs that are falling from the table of the rich man; yea, also the dogs, coming, were licking his sores.  22 'And it came to pass, that the poor man died, and that he was carried away by the messengers to the bosom of Abraham -- and the rich man also died, and was buried;  23 and in the hades having lifted up his eyes, being in torments, he doth see Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom,  24 and having cried, he said, Father Abraham, deal kindly with me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and may cool my tongue, because I am distressed in this flame.  25 'And Abraham said, Child, remember that thou did receive -- thou -- thy good things in thy life, and Lazarus in like manner the evil things, and now he is comforted, and thou art distressed;  26 and besides all these things, between us and you a great chasm is fixed, so that they who are willing to go over from hence unto you are not able, nor do they from thence to us pass through.  27 'And he said, I pray thee, then, father, that thou mayest send him to the house of my father,  28 for I have five brothers, so that he may thoroughly testify to them, that they also may not come to this place of torment.  29 'Abraham saith to him, They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them;  30 and he said, No, father Abraham, but if any one from the dead may go unto them, they will reform.  31 And he said to him, If Moses and the prophets they do not hear, neither if one may rise out of the dead will they be persuaded.' 

The Two Sons
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Mat 21:28-32 :  28 'And what think ye? A man had two children, and having come to the first, he said, Child, go, to-day be working in my vineyard.'  29 And he answering said, 'I will not,' but at last, having repented, he went.  30 'And having come to the second, he said in the same manner, and he answering said, I go, sir, and went not;  31 which of the two did the will of the father?' They say to him, 'The first.' Jesus saith to them, 'Verily I say to you, that the tax-gatherers and the harlots do go before you into the reign of God,  32 for John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye did not believe him, and the tax-gatherers and the harlots did believe him, and ye, having seen, repented not at last -- to believe him. 

The Unjust Steward
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Luk 16:1-13 :  1 And he said also unto his disciples, 'A certain man was rich, who had a steward, and he was accused to him as scattering his goods;  2 and having called him, he said to him, What is this I hear about thee? render the account of thy stewardship, for thou mayest not any longer be steward.  3 'And the steward said in himself, What shall I do, because my lord doth take away the stewardship from me? to dig I am not able, to beg I am ashamed: --  4 I have known what I shall do, that, when I may be removed from the stewardship, they may receive me to their houses.  5 'And having called near each one of his lord's debtors, he said to the first, How much dost thou owe to my lord?  6 and he said, A hundred baths of oil; and he said to him, Take thy bill, and having sat down write fifty.  7 'Afterward to another he said, And thou, how much dost thou owe? and he said, A hundred cors of wheat; and he saith to him, Take thy bill, and write eighty.  8 'And the lord commended the unrighteous steward that he did prudently, because the sons of this age are more prudent than the sons of the light, in respect to their generation.  9 and I say to you, Make to yourselves friends out of the mammon of unrighteousness, that when ye may fail, they may receive you to the age-during tabernacles.  10 'He who is faithful in the least, is also faithful in much; and he who in the least is unrighteous, is also unrighteous in much;  11 if, then, in the unrighteous mammon ye became not faithful -- the true who will entrust to you?  12 and if in the other's ye became not faithful -- your own, who shall give to you?  13 'No domestic is able to serve two lords, for either the one he will hate, and the other he will love; or one he will hold to, and of the other he will be heedless; ye are not able to serve God and mammon.' 

The Wicked Husbandmen
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Mat 21:33-45 :  33 'Hear ye another simile: There was a certain man, a householder, who planted a vineyard, and did put a hedge round it, and digged in it a wine-press, and built a tower, and gave it out to husbandmen, and went abroad.  34 'And when the season of the fruits came nigh, he sent his servants unto the husbandmen, to receive the fruits of it,  35 and the husbandmen having taken his servants, one they scourged, and one they killed, and one they stoned.  36 'Again he sent other servants more than the first, and they did to them in the same manner.  37 'And at last he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son;  38 and the husbandmen having seen the son, said among themselves, This is the heir, come, we may kill him, and may possess his inheritance;  39 and having taken him, they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him;  40 whenever therefore the lord of the vineyard may come, what will he do to these husbandmen?'  41 They say to him, 'Evil men -- he will evilly destroy them, and the vineyard will give out to other husbandmen, who will give back to him the fruits in their seasons.'  42 Jesus saith to them, 'Did ye never read in the Writings, A stone that the builders disallowed, it became head of a corner; from the Lord hath this come to pass, and it is wonderful in our eyes.  43 'Because of this I say to you, that the reign of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth its fruit;  44 and he who is falling on this stone shall be broken, and on whomsoever it may fall it will crush him to pieces.'  45 And the chief priests and the Pharisees having heard his similes, knew that of them he speaketh, 
Mar 12:1-12 :  1 And he began to speak to them in similes: 'A man planted a vineyard, and put a hedge around, and digged an under-winevat, and built a tower, and gave it out to husbandmen, and went abroad;  2 and he sent unto the husbandmen at the due time a servant, that from the husbandmen he may receive from the fruit of the vineyard,  3 and they, having taken him, did severely beat him, and did send him away empty.  4 'And again he sent unto them another servant, and at that one having cast stones, they wounded him in the head, and sent away -- dishonoured.  5 'And again he sent another, and that one they killed; and many others, some beating, and some killing.  6 'Having yet therefore one son -- his beloved -- he sent also him unto them last, saying -- They will reverence my son;  7 and those husbandmen said among themselves -- This is the heir, come, we may kill him, and ours shall be the inheritance;  8 and having taken him, they did kill, and cast him forth without the vineyard.  9 'What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard to others.  10 And this Writing did ye not read: A stone that the builders rejected, it did become the head of a corner:  11 from the Lord was this, and it is wonderful in our eyes.'  12 And they were seeking to lay hold on him, and they feared the multitude, for they knew that against them he spake the simile, and having left him, they went away; 
Luk 20:9-19 :  9 And he began to speak unto the people this simile: 'A certain man planted a vineyard, and gave it out to husbandmen, and went abroad for a long time,  10 and at the season he sent unto the husbandmen a servant, that from the fruit of the vineyard they may give to him, but the husbandmen having beat him, did send him away empty.  11 'And he added to send another servant, and they that one also having beaten and dishonoured, did send away empty;  12 and he added to send a third, and this one also, having wounded, they did cast out.  13 'And the owner of the vineyard said, What shall I do? I will send my son -- the beloved, perhaps having seen this one, they will do reverence;  14 and having seen him, the husbandmen reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir; come, we may kill him, that the inheritance may become ours;  15 and having cast him outside of the vineyard, they killed him; what, then, shall the owner of the vineyard do to them?  16 He will come, and destroy these husbandmen, and will give the vineyard to others.' And having heard, they said, 'Let it not be!'  17 and he, having looked upon them, said, 'What, then, is this that hath been written: A stone that the builders rejected -- this became head of a corner?  18 every one who hath fallen on that stone shall be broken, and on whom it may fall, it will crush him to pieces.'  19 And the chief priests and the scribes sought to lay hands on him in that hour, and they feared the people, for they knew that against them he spake this simile.