Questions tagged [parables]

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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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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Did the unfaithful servant lose his salvation or was he never saved to begin with?

Luke 12:41-48 (NIV) reads: The Faithful or the Unfaithful Servant 41 Peter said, “Lord, does this parable apply to us, or do you mean it for everyone?” 42 The Lord answered, “Who, then, is the ...
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Did the 5 foolish virgins lose their salvation or were they never saved to begin with?

Matthew 25:1-13 (NIV) reads: The Parable of the Ten Virgins “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were ...
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Who are the “friends” in Luke 16:9?

Luke 16:9: And I say to you, make friends of yourselves by means of the wealth of unrighteousness, so that when it fails, they will receive you into eternal dwellings. (NASB) Who are the “friends” ...
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Link(s) between Jesus' Prodigal Son parable and Esau & Jacob's reunion story?

In Genesis 33:4 (NKJV): "But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept." In Luke 15:20 (NKJV): "But when he was still a great way off, ...
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Who is my neighbor?

Through the parable of the good Samaritan, Jesus teaches about charity. As Jesus often does, he turns the question of “who is my neighbor?” on its head and instead answers “who might be a neighbor to ...
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When does the devil take the word away from people’s hearts?

In Luke 8:12, Jesus describes the first scenario in his parable of the sower: Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so they ...
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Is there a contradiction in being told by disciples the hidden (disciple only) meaning behind parables for the masses, even though we are the masses?

In for example Matthew 13, Jesus says parables (e.g. of the sower), says that he, Jesus, does not want to tell the masses their meaning, then tells the disciples the parables' hidden (disciple only) ...
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In the parable of talents, does Jesus speak on the "money -talent" or natural aptitude(s)? What is the return(s) Jesus expected?

The Words used in the parable - "entrusted them his property" (Mt. 25:14); "talents" the monetary unit with specified quantity; "traded" and "made" - all ...
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Lk. 16: 8 - Was the steward commended for the act of wise provident care of his future or the change of heart from "wasting" to the benevolent acts?

The parable has two sections - Verse 1-9, the wasteful steward & Verse 10 -15, the lovers of money, and could it be that Jesus, by commending the shrewd steward of his wise and appropriate ...
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In Matthew 12:10-13, why does Jesus equate a withered (ξηράν) hand (χεῖρα) as a pit (βόθυνον) to be saved from?

We read in Matthew 12:10-13, that Jesus equates having a withered (ξηράν) hand (χεῖρα) to being trapped in a pit (βόθυνον) : Matthew 12:10-13 [KJV] [10] And, behold, there was a man which had his ...
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What does the produce of the vineyard represent in the Parable of the Vine-growers?

In Mark 12 verses 1-11, Jesus tells a parable of the vine-growers. Verse 2: At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, in order to receive some of the produce of the vineyard from the ...
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(Matthew 5:38-42) "slaps you on your **right cheek**, turn the other to him also" means enemy will have to right-hand punch victim as an equal

A Roman Catholic priest explained during a service that Matthew 5:38-42 gives the victim a chance to show the opponent/adversary/enemy that said victim is an equal. To elaborate, the aforementioned ...
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What is the “harvest” in Mark 4:29?

Mark 4:29 (NASB): But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come. What does putting in the sickle mean (spiritually), and what is the “harvest”?
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Why does the sower not know how the seed grows in Mark 4:27?

Mark 4:27(NASB): and [the sower] goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows — how, he himself does not know. Who is the sower in this passage? I had traditionally read ...
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What does “fall away” mean in Mark 4’s Parable of the Sower?

In the parable of the sower in Mark 4, verse 17 says “and they have no root in themselves, but are temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall ...
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Is Luke 15 intended as an argument for, against or to qualify the idea of irrecoverable apostasy?

In Hebrews 12, the author argues from the account of Jacob and Esau to warn against apostasy. He suggests that if one sells their inheritance as Esau did, then there is no way to get it back, because ...
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Meaning of Matthew 21:44

Matthew 21:44 And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust. Jesus referred to Himself as the “stone which the builders rejected” ...
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Did Jesus imply that others cast out demons by the finger of God in Luke 11:17-20?

Luke 11:17 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste, and a house divided against a house will fall. 18If Satan is divided against himself, ...
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What clues contained in Jesus' explanation of the parable of sower (Mt. 13:18-23) that were hidden to them, and who are "them" (v10) in the context?

This is one of a few parables Jesus gave explanation to help disciples for understanding of its messages, which should provide us the hermeneutic clues. Text: Mt. 13:18-23(ESV) (also, Mk.4:13-20; Lk. ...
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What is the relationship between the word 'know' in John 17:3 and 'know' in the Parable of the 10 Virgins?

John 17:3 says "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." (NKJV) Matthew 25:12, in the Parable of the 10 Virgins, says "...
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Who is the dresser of the vineyard in Luke 13:6-9?

Luke 13:6-9 6 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. 7 Then said he unto the dresser of his ...
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Matt. 13:8 - "the good soil", Why different yields from "the good soil,"and what is the implications? [duplicate]

The sower is one (ὁ σπείρων), and he sowed "seeds" that have same yield potential on same good soild. Were the yields - 100, 60 & 30 folds to the sower's expectation, or to the potential of the ...
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Mt. 25:3-4: Shoud the 10 virgins know what's " enough oil"? Is it possible to know? Was it their responsibility to know and prepare?

Is there a syntactical clue- who's responsible for "not"(no extra?) had oil, and why not? Context -Matt. 25:1- 13(ESV) 1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lampsa and ...
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How can the kingdom of heaven be like a man?

Matthew 13:24: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed...." I'm stumped by how a kingdom can be like a man. Is there something in the original language that gives insight into this? ...
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When John refers to what is 'not written', in his gospel account, does he mean, in part at least, the parables of Jesus?

And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and ...
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Is the parable of the sower simple or a hermeneutical key?

In Mark 4:13 Jesus rebukes his disciples for their failure to understand the parable of the sower: "Don't you understand this parable?" And then he follows that with a second question: "How then will ...
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In the parable of the prodigal son, who does the first son symbolise?

The prodigal son has been claimed oftentimes to represent the repentant soul, this makes its identity clear. I believe there is more to the story. The father said all things belong to the first child ...
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Is the wedding feast in the Matthew 22:2-14 parable remarkable because of its size?

The king made a wedding feast for his son; the food list is headed by "oxen," Greek "ταῦροί," which I believe is the plural form. Thus, more than one ox? (there were other fattened livestock, but I ...
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What did the man in Luke 14:15 mean by "the kingdom of God"?

Luke 14:15 - When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!" What would have been his ...
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Purpose of the Parables: Mark 4:10-12 and Matthew 13:10-16

Is a plausible reading of Mark 4:10-12 that Jesus teaches in parables to confuse those "on the outside" whereas in Matthew 13:10-16 Jesus claims to teach in parables in order to better instruct ...
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Why did the father of the prodigal son put his best robe on his son? Luke 15:22

A pastor said he met someone from Ninive who asked him, “Do you know why the father of the prodigal son from the parable put his robe on his son?” He continued “because, otherwise, the villagers ...
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Is Luke 12:35-40 a parallel of Matthew 25:1-13?

Luke 12:35-40 NASB 35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they ...
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What does the “prodigal son’s” demand for his inheritance in advance symbolize?

“And he said, "There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.' And he divided his property between them.” ‭...
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In the parable of the talents, Matthew 25 , how did the servants trade their talents?

What is Jesus referring to as trading in the parable of the talents?
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Can oil only represent service?

Oil throughout the Bible represents service: How can oil represent salvation in: Mat_25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
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What do these two parables from the Gospel of Thomas mean exactly about the Kingdom of God?

Jesus said, "The [Father's] kingdom is like a woman who was carrying a [jar] full of meal. While she was walking along [a] distant road, the handle of the jar broke and the meal spilled behind ...
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What is the "swept and tidy" house referred to in Matthew 12:43-45 and Luke 11:24?

‘The lost Gospel of Q’ by Burton L. Mack, on pg 91, quotes Luke 11:24-26 seen below (compare Matthew 12:43-45) "When an unclean spirit leaves a person, it wanders through arid regions seeking rest ...
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Is the younger son’s inheritance restored in Luke 15:31?

In Tim Keller’s book The Prodigal God, he stated on page 30 and 45 that beyond simply being restored to the family, the younger son also has his inheritance restored further diminishing the elder son’...
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In Luke 15:1-7 is the shepherd in the parable equated to the Pharisees and the scribes?

[Luk 15:1-7 NLT] (1) Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. (2) This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with ...
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In Matthew 13:44, who is the man in the parables of the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price?

In Matthew 13:44 the kingdom of heaven is likened to a man finding treasure hidden in a field: KJV Mat 13:44  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a ...
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What is signified by the man without wedding clothes in Matthew 22:11-13?

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet in Matthew 22:1-14 has a lot in common with the one in Luke 14:15-23. Both tell the story of a group invited to the banquet (presumably Jesus' opponents) who do not ...