Then Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God1 like?2 What shall I compare it to?19It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree,3 and the birds of the air perched in its branches."420
Again he asked, "What shall I compare the kingdom of God to?21It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amounta of flour until it worked all through the dough."5
Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem.623
Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" He said to them,
24"Make every effort to enter through the narrow door,7 because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.25Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.' "But he will answer, 'I don't know you or where you come from.'826"Then you will say, 'We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.'27"But he will reply, 'I don't know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!'928"There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth,10 when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out.