Matthew 13:24–43

The Parable of the Weeds

13:24 He presented them with another parable:35 “The kingdom of heaven is like a person who sowed good seed in his field. 13:25 But while everyone was sleeping, an enemy came and sowed weeds36 among the wheat and went away. 13:26 When37 the plants sprouted and bore grain, then the weeds also appeared. 13:27 So the slaves38 of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?’ 13:28 He said, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So39 the slaves replied, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them?’ 13:29 But he said, ‘No, since in gathering the weeds you may uproot the wheat with them. 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At40 harvest time I will tell the reapers, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned, but then41 gather42 the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

13:31 He gave43 them another parable:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed45 that a man took and sowed in his field. 13:32 It is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest garden plant and becomes a tree,46 so that the wild birds47 come and nest in its branches.”48

The Parable of the Yeast

13:33 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with49 three measures50 of flour until all the dough had risen.”51

The Purpose of Parables

13:34 Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the crowds; he did not speak to them without a parable. 13:35 This fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet:52

I will open my mouth in parables,

I will announce what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.”53

Explanation for the Disciples

13:36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” 13:37 He54 answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 13:38 The field is the world and the good seed are the people55 of the kingdom. The weeds are the people56 of the evil one, 13:39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 13:40 As57 the weeds are collected and burned with fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 13:41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather from his kingdom everything that causes sin as well as all lawbreakers.58 13:42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace,59 where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 13:43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.60 The one who has ears had better listen!61

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