The Life and Teachings
of Jesus
A Restatement of the Gospels

49. More Parables beside the Sea

        24Another parable he put before them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27And the servants of the householder came and said to him: 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it weeds?' 28He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Then do you want us to go and gather them?' 29But he said, 'No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30Let them both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will say to the reapers, 'Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'”

        31Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field. 32It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

        33He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”
        (Mt. 13:24–33) (continued)

a   “More Parables beside the Sea”—Jesus teaches eight parables beside the Sea of Galilee. They may be identified and listed as follows:
       (1) The Parable of the Sower
       (2) The Parable of the Seed
       (3) The Parable of the Weeds
       (4) The Grain of Mustard Seed
       (5) The Parable of the Leaven
       (6) The Treasure Hidden in a Field
       (7) The Pearl of Great Price
       (8) The Parable of the Net