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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)

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The Parable of the Sower


1 On the same day Jesus went out of the house aand sat by the sea.
2 aAnd great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that bHe got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: a“Behold, a sower went out to sow.
4 “And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.
5 “Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.
6 “But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.
7 “And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.
8 “But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some aa hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
9 a“He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

The Purpose of Parables

10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
11 He answered and said to them, “Because ait has been given to you to know the 1mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
12 a“For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
13 “Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
14 “And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:

a‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not bperceive;
15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull.

CHAPTER 13 References

1 aMark
2 aLuke 8:4
bLuke 5:3
3 aLuke 8:5
8 aGen. 26:12
9 aMatt. 11:15
11 aMark 4:10,
11 1secret or
hidden truths
12 aMatt. 25:29
14 aIs. 6:9, 10
b[John 3:36] 15 aHeb. 5:11
bLuke 19:42
cActs 28:26,
27 1NU, M
16 aLuke
10:23, 24
17 aHeb. 11:13
18 aMark
19 aMatt. 4:23
20 aIs. 58:2
21 a[Acts
14:22] bMatt.
22 a1 Tim. 6:9
bJer. 4:3
23 aCol. 1:6


Their ears aare hard of hearing, And their eyes they have bclosed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I 1should cheal them.’

16 “But ablessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear;
17 “for assuredly, I say to you athat many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

The Parable of the Sower Explained

18 a“Therefore hear the parable of the sower:
19 “When anyone hears the word aof the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.
20 “But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately areceives it with joy;
21 “yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when atribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately bhe stumbles.
22 “Now ahe who received seed bamong the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
23 “But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears afruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;
25 “but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.
26 “But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.
27 “So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’
28 “He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’
29 “But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.
30 ‘Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I

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will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but agather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

31 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: a“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed,which a man took and sowed in his field,
32 “which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a atree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”

The Parable of the Leaven

33 aAnother parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three 1measures of meal till bit was all leavened.”

Prophecy and the Parables

34 aAll these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them,
35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

a“I will open My mouth in parables; bI will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.”

The Parable of the Tares Explained

36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”
37 He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.
38 a“The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are bthe sons of the wicked one.
39 “The enemy who sowed them is the devil, athe harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.
40 “Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age.
41 “The Son of Man will send out His angels, aand they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness,
42 a“and will cast them into the furnace of fire. bThere will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
43 a“Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. bHe who has ears to hear, let him hear!

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field,

30 aMatt. 3:12
31 aLuke
13:18, 19
32 aEzek.
33 aLuke
13:20, 21
b[1 Cor. 5:6] 1Gr. sata,
same as a
Heb. seah; approximately
pecks in all
34 aPs 78:2;
Mark 4:33, 34
35 aPs. 78:2
bEph. 3:9
38 aRom. 10:18
bJohn 8:44
39 aRev. 14:15
41 aMatt. 18:7
42 aRev. 19:20;
20:10 bMatt.
8:12; 13:50
43 a[Dan. 12:3] bMatt. 13:9
44 aPhil. 3:7, 8
b[Is. 55:1] 46 aProv. 2:4;
3:14, 15; 8:10,
47 aMatt. 22:9,
49 aMatt. 25:32
51 1NU omits
Jesus said to
them 2NU
omits Lord
52 aSong 7:13
1A scholar of
the Old Testament
2Or for
54 aLuke 4:16
55 aJohn 6:42
bMatt. 12:46
cMark 15:40
1NU Joseph
57 aMatt. 11:6
bLuke 4:24
58 aMark
6:5, 6

CHAPTER 14 References

1 aMark
3 aLuke 3:19,

which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and asells all that he has and bbuys that field.

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls,
46 “who, when he had found aone pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

The Parable of the Dragnet

47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and agathered some of every kind,
48 “which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.
49 “So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, aseparate the wicked from among the just,
50 “and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
51 1Jesus said to them, “Have you understood all these things?” They said to Him, “Yes, 2Lord.”
52 Then He said to them, “Therefore every 1scribe instructed 2concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure athings new and old.”

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

53 Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, that He departed from there.
54 aWhen He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?
55 a“Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And bHis brothers cJames, 1Joses, Simon, and Judas?
56 “And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?”
57 So they awere offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, b“A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.”
58 Now aHe did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

John the Baptist Beheaded


1 At that time aHerod the tetrarch heard the report about Jesus
2 and said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.”
3 aFor Herod had laid hold of John and bound him, and put him in

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prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife.
4 Because John had said to him, a“It is not lawful for you to have her.”
5 And although he wanted to put him to death, he feared the multitude, abecause they counted him as a prophet.
6 But when Herod’s birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod.
7 Therefore he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask.
8 So she, having been prompted by her mother, said, “Give me John the Baptist’s head here on a platter.”
9 And the king was sorry; nevertheless, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he commanded it to be given to her.
10 So he sent and had John beheaded in prison.
11 And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.
12 Then his disciples came and took away the body and buried it, and went and told Jesus.

Feeding the Five Thousand

13 aWhen Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities.
14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He awas moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
15 aWhen it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.”
16 But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”
18 He said, “Bring them here to Me.”
19 Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, aHe blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes.
20 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained.
21 Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Jesus Walks on the Sea

22 Immediately Jesus 1made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.

4 aLev. 18:16;
5 aLuke 20:6
13 aJohn 6:1, 2
14 aMark 6:34
15 aLuke 9:12
19 aMatt.
15:36; 26:26
22 1invited,
23 aMark 6:46
bJohn 6:16
24 1NU many
furlongs away
from the land
26 aJob 9:8
27 aActs 23:11;
27:22, 25, 36
1Take courage
2Lit. I am
30 1NU brackets
that and
boisterous as
31 aMatt. 6:30;
33 aPs. 2:7
1NU omits
came and
34 aMark 6:53
1NU to land
36 a[Mark
5:24–34] b[Luke 6:19]

23 aAnd when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. bNow when evening came, He was alone there.
24 But the boat was now 1in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw Him awalking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.
27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, 1“Be of good acheer! 2It is I; do not be afraid.”
28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw 1that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of alittle faith, why did you doubt?”
32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
33 Then those who were in the boat 1came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly aYou are the Son of God.”

Many Touch Him and Are Made Well

34 aWhen they had crossed over, they came 1to the land of Gennesaret.
35 And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick,
36 and begged Him that they might only atouch the hem of His garment. And bas many as touched it were made perfectly well.

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The Glories of the City of God

A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song.

1 HIS foundation is in the holy mountains.
2 aThe LORD loves the gates of Zion More than all the dwellings of Jacob.
3 aGlorious things are spoken of you, O city of God! Selah
4 “I will make mention of 1Rahab and Babylon to those who know Me; Behold, O Philistia and Tyre, with Ethiopia: ‘This one was born there.’ ”

PSALM 87 References

2 aPs. 78:67, 68
3 aIs. 60:1
4 1Egypt
6 aIs. 4:3

5 And of Zion it will be said, “This one and that one were born in her; And the Most High Himself shall establish her.”
6 The LORD will record, When He aregisters the peoples: “This one was born there.” Selah

7 Both the singers and the players on instruments say, “All my springs are in you.”



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