Matthew 13:31–42

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast

13:31,32pp—Mk 4:30–32
13:31–33pp—Lk 13:18–21

31 He told them another parable: The kingdom of heaven is liken a mustard seed,o which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”p

33 He told them still another parable: The kingdom of heaven is likeq yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty poundsb of flourr until it worked all through the dough.”s

34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.t 35 So was fulfilledu what was spoken through the prophet:

“I will open my mouth in parables,

I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”c v

The Parable of the Weeds Explained

36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parablew of the weeds in the field.”

37 He answered, The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.x 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one,y 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvestz is the end of the age,a and the harvesters are angels.b

40 As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Manc will send out his angels,d and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.e

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