Matthew 13:33-43 (New International Version)

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33 He told them still another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like1 yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amounta of flour2 until it worked all through the dough."3 34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.4 35 So was fulfilled5 what was spoken through the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world."b6

The Parable of the Weeds Explained

36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, "Explain to us the parable7 of the weeds in the field." 37 He answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.8 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one,9 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest10 is the end of the age,11 and the harvesters are angels.12 40 "As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man13 will send out his angels,14 and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.15 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun16 in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.17
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