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Matthew 13:29-39 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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29 "He replied, 'No, you'll hurt the wheat if you do. 29 " 'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds and burn them and to put the wheat in the barn.'" 30 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.' "
31 Here is another illustration Jesus used: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. 31 He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.
32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants and grows into a tree where birds can come and find shelter in its branches." 32 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."
33 Jesus also used this illustration: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast used by a woman making bread. Even though she used a large amount of flour, the yeast permeated every part of the dough." 33 He told them still another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough."
34 Jesus always used stories and illustrations like these when speaking to the crowds. In fact, he never spoke to them without using such parables. 34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.
35 This fulfilled the prophecy that said, "I will speak to you in parables. I will explain mysteries hidden since the creation of the world." 35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world."
36 Then, leaving the crowds outside, Jesus went into the house. His disciples said, "Please explain the story of the weeds in the field." 36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field."
37 "All right," he said. "I, the Son of Man, am the farmer who plants the good seed. 37 He answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.
38 The field is the world, and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one. 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,
39 The enemy who planted the weeds among the wheat is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the world, and the harvesters are the angels. 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.