" 'An enemy did this,' he replied. "The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'
" 'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.' "1
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He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like2 a mustard seed,3 which a man took and planted in his field.
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Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches."4
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He told them still another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like5 yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour6 until it worked all through the dough."7
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Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.8
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So was fulfilled9 what was spoken through the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world."10
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Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, "Explain to us the parable11 of the weeds in the field."
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He answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.12
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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,13
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