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Questions regarding the short stories of Jesus known as the parables. They were common teaching devices in Jesus's era. Famous ones include the Prodigal Son, the Lost Sheep, and the Pearl of Great Price.

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What was Lazarus longing for, in Lk 16:21 ? :

We read in Lk 16:19-21: There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat ...
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What exegetical conclusion can be drawn about the order of the last days Second Coming harvest (Matthew 13:30, 36-43)?

Does this parable of Jesus about the Tares provide sufficient information in order to make conclusions about the order of dealings in the Second Coming of Christ. That is, what do the tares being ...
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Was Jesus's mentioning of the "Killing of the heir" a reference to Himself in foreknowledge?

Heir In other New Testament passages, Jesus is referred to as an heir, and the receiver of an inheritance: ...in these last days God has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, ...
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If the Good Samaritan represents Jesus as many Church Fathers claimed, what does Luke 10:35 mean?

If the Good Samaritan represents Jesus as many Church Fathers claimed, see Is Jesus the Good Samaritan? , what does Luke 10:35 mean? And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the ...
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Allusion to Herod the Great in Matthew 7:24-27?

I've been working on the Sermon on the Mount in my devotional reading recently, and I had a question of historical curiosity come up. The passage in question is the concluding "House on the rock/...
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What is the moral of the parable of Matt. 20:1-16?

Is this the “only” moral of the story of Matt. 20:1-16 in the KJV: God will do what is “lawful”, and what He wants with His own, whether anyone considers it fair or not; and if you don’t agree, your ...
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In the Kingdom Parable Chapter, Do the Birds in the Tree represent people's religious standing, or something else? (Matthew 13:32)

Jesus told them another parable: The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the ...
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Why does the Shepherd leave the 99 sheep in a desert?

Luke 15:4 King James Version What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? ...
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"What does 'neither transgressed I at any time' mean in the parable of the prodigal son?"

Lukas. 15:29 KJV And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make ...
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Why didn't the gospels of Mark, Luke and John give us Jesus' explanation of the parable of the tares of the field in Matthew 13:36-43?

I am going to preface this with my understanding of scripture in that I am not pre-tribulation, no scholar, and new to this site. So my apologies if I am out of order. In my study, I know there are ...
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Parable of the Wicked Tenants (Mark 12:6, Matthew 21:37 Luke 20:13) - Does it imply that God did not send Jesus to Die?

The Parable of the Wicked Tenants (also call the Parable of the Landowner, etc.) is related in all three synoptic gospels with only minor variations. What struck me recently in reading it again is ...
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Is verse 7 a later addition to Matthew 22?

This verse is part of the Parable of the Wedding Feast in Matt 22:1-14. Luke does not mention the army that destroys the city in the version of Luke 14:15-23 Matt 22:7 - The king was enraged, and he ...
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Is Matthew 21:44 a parallelism?

Is Matthew 21:44 a parallelism or are the people who fall on the stone and the people on whom it falls are contrasted? Some believe that the second part of the verse is a reference to Daniel 2:44, but ...
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Should "Abraham's bosom" be interpreted as a physical destination or is as a metaphor for embracing relationship?

Luke 16:22 KJV - And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; YLT - And it came to pass, that the poor man ...
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Deep contextual Comparison & Contrast of Isaiah 6:9-13 to Mark 4:10-12 (esp. in regards to seeing & hearing but Not comprehending)

Isaiah 6:9-13 to Mark 4:10-12 seem quite similar. One difference is that Mark 4:10-12 does specify (Mark 4:11) "outside" when referring to people who are Not Jesus Christ's followers along ...
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Does Capitalism shape modern translations of the Ten Minas?

In Kenneth E. Bailey's book "Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes" he challenges common renderings of the Parable of the Ten Minas in Luke 19 (also called the Parable of the Pounds): "As ...
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Did Jesus use a reference to Herod Archelaus in the Parable of the Ten Minas?

The Parable of the Ten Minas (Luke 19:11-27) is nearly identical to the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). Perhaps the most surprising variation of the Ten Minas is that it references the ...
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In Jesus' parables, how does the value of Talents differ from Minas, and what does the change signify?

The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) is nearly identical to the Parable of the Ten Minas (Luke 19:11-27). One major change is that the values and quantities of the money is very different in ...
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What is the special relevance of Luke 5:39 in the context of the Parable of the Wineskins?

In response to the query on why Jesus' disciples did not fast like those of John the Baptist, Jesus tells the parable of New Wine in Old Wineskins in the Gospels viz. Matthew 9:14–17, Mark 2:21–22, ...
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Did Luke get the figures mixed up Luke 19:11-20?

According to Luke's narrative the king called ten servants and gave each a pound.Yet when the king returns he only accounts for three servants and nothing is said about the other seven servants and ...
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Can you tell me about the wineskin parable?

Can you explain the parable of the wineskin? what was Jesus trying to tell the disciples?  "Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the ...
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Exegesis of Matthew 13:30; 40-42

[Matthew 13:30; 40-42] Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and at the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the weeds and bind them in bundles to burn them; but ...
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What is the literal meaning of `gathering what was not strawed ' in the parable of the talents?

We read in Mtt 25:24-27 (KJV), of the response of the servant who had received one talent from his master : Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art ...
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Is there a connection in meaning between Psalm 103 and Luke 10:25-37?

In Sarah Liberman's music video she sings Psalm 103 in Hebrew, but the video obviously portrays the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). Is there a connection in meaning between these two?
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Is there a connection between Luke 10:25-37 and John 21:15-17?

Evaluate this argument for the connection: The context of the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) is answering the question “… who is my neighbor?” (ESV) The question arises from Leviticus ...
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Did Zacchaeus say "I [already] give," or "I will give" half his possessions to the poor (Luke 19:8)

Translators seem about equally divided on this question, with older translations such as KJV, Geneva, Darby and even RSV using the present tense and newer ones leaning toward the future tense. My ...
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According to Matthew 25:31-46 when are the sheep separated from the goats?

Jesus begins the parable of the sheep and the goats by saying it takes place when He returns in His glory, with all the angels, to sit on His throne in heavenly glory. (Matthew 25:31) At that time all ...
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Mt. 22:14 - Who are the "many" (invited) and "few" (chosen) Jesus refers to in the parable of the wedding banquet?

In the parable (Mt. 22:1-14), those who had been invited refused to come. However, the wedding hall was filled with guests nonetheless. Of the many in the hall, only a man (not wearing wedding clothes)...
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Why is the punishment to Babylon presented as a "parable"?

In Habakkuk 2:5--8 we read about the king of Babylon (CEB): 5 ... He opens his jaws like the grave; like death, he is never satisfied. He gathers all nations to himself and collects all peoples for ...
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"For each tree is known by its own fruit" ( Lk 6: 44; Mt 7:20) - how should we understand and apply the saying of Jesus to believers in the context? [closed]

We assume "know the tree by the fruit" to mean, for example, if one bears no or bad fruit, he was never saved, to begin with, which is akin to the fox assuming in the Aesop Fables - "...
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Parable of Talents -Mt. 25 (& Mina, Lk 19) - Was the wicked servant condemned for the inaction/no profit, or more for the independent mindset?

Though he did not bring in any profit - so the thief on the cross and many of us as well; at least, he did not squander away the principle, after all, he too was "the servant," a trusted, as ...
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In the Parable context (Mt. 18:23-35) -When will the heavenly Father do the same to everyone, in the kingdom NOW or Future?

Jesus spoke the parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Mt. 18:23-35) by saying: "Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants (v.23). ...
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In Luke 15:1-24 - What can be the cause(s) of the three "lose" and which party(s) responsible for the "lose," the party who lost or both?

Jesus spoke in parables of three lost and found: One sheep out of 100; One Drachma out of ten; and the Prodigal son who left Father's house and returned. Of the three, the Drachma is an inanimate ...
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What fruit does Jesus refer to in Luke 8:14?

We read: “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones on the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not ...
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Did the response on the servant in Matt. 18:26 indicate he thought he could earn salvation?

The servant owed 10,000 talents (18:24). The footnote on talent in 18:24 in the ESV is "A talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years’ wages for a laborer." Thus, 10,000 talents = ...
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When The Parable of the Budding Fig Tree will fulfill?

In Deuteronomy 8:8 it says that: אֶ֤רֶץ חִטָּה֙ וּשְׂעֹרָ֔ה וְגֶ֥פֶן וּתְאֵנָ֖ה וְרִמּ֑וֹן אֶֽרֶץ־זֵ֥ית שֶׁ֖מֶן וּדְבָֽשׁ׃ Which is the same as: a land of wheat and barley, of vines, figs, and ...
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Is the story of the magi in Matthew’s Gospel a parable?

The late bishop John Shelby Spong, argued a few years back about how to understand the account of the magi of Matthew's Gospel (see Matthew 2:1-12). In his book, Born of a Woman, he writes how the ...
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Why would King Herod not know where the Messiah was to be born?

In Matthew 2 it records that King Herod called together all the chief priests and teachers of the law. He asked them where the Messiah was to be born: 3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he ...
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Luke 14:25-33 (Discipleship Tested/Counting the cost Parable) as instructions for Personal Financial Planning/Project management/Business Planning

Is evaluating Luke 14:25-33 verses which discusses the Parable about Discipleship Tested / Counting the cost as instructions for Personal Financial Planning/Project management/Business Planning be ...
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Luke 16:8-9 - What are the explicit clues in the context about Jesus' intention of the eternal dwelling (v.9b) not to mean heavenly eternal dwelling?

Text: Luke 16:8 - 9 (ESV) The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness.For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. And I ...
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Why was the first servant(five talents) given an additional talent in Matthew 25?

In the parable of the talents(Matthew 25:14-30) when the master returns he somehow rewards one servant more than the other The first two servants had achieved the same results/output(100 percent) ...
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"For many are called, but few are chosen" (Matt. 22:14) - who does the calling and who does the choosing in the parable of Wedding given?

Texts: Matt: 22:1-10, 14 (ESV) v.1-10 -"And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his ...
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Is the Jew versus Gentile/Tax Collector theme an interpretive framework for the gospel of Luke?

There seems to be a Jew vs Gentile theme running in the gospel of Luke.Most of the parables seem to pit the faith of Jews vs that of Gentiles/Samaritans/tax collectors Luke 5:27-32 Levi the Tax ...
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Would the rich man have extended the invitation to the second group if it had not been rejected by the first group in Luke 14:16-24? [closed]

The Parable of the Great Banquet Luke 14:16-24 ESV In the above parable there are two groups mentioned who are invited separately in the parable of the great banquet.The first group rejects the ...
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In the parable of the ten bridesmaids, why wouldn't those who had oil share with those who had none?

Matthew 25 1 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3The foolish ones ...
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What is meant by "secret" in John 18 20?

During the trial of Jesus before the Sanhedrin: John 18:19 [NIV] ~ Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. 20 “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus ...
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Parable of the unjust steward - is Jesus teaching people to follow this example or to NOT be like this? What is meant by His comments on wisdom?

The parable of the unjust steward records that a steward/manager was to be fired. He proceeded to reduce the debts owed by debtors to his master, and he was commended for this. This has long been a ...
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Understanding the Parable of the Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30)

Matthew 13:24-30 (ESV): 24 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy ...
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What are the new and old treasures relative to the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 13:52?

Matthew 13:52 NIV 52 He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures ...
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3. In The Parable of the Pearl, Mat13:45-46 how does one reconcile the phrase, “and bought it” with the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

I’m have a hard time understanding the Parable of the Pearl. Mat.13:45-46. All of the Pastors I’ve talked to explain it this way; the merchant man is the sinners in the world and the pearl of great ...
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