24Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.25But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.26When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.27“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’28“ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’29“ ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them.30Let 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.’ ”
31He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.32Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”33He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty poundsof flour until it worked all through the dough.”34Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.35So 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.”
36Then 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.”37He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.38The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one,39and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.40“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.41The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.42They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.
44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.46When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
47“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish.48When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away.49This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous50and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.51“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied.52He 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 as well as old.”
53When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there.54Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked.55“Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?56Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”57And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.”58And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
1The LORD said to Moses,2“Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.3“ ‘Each of you must respect your mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the LORD your God.4“ ‘Do not turn to idols or make metal gods for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.5“ ‘When you sacrifice a fellowship offering to the LORD, sacrifice it in such a way that it will be accepted on your behalf.6It shall be eaten on the day you sacrifice it or on the next day; anything left over until the third day must be burned up.7If any of it is eaten on the third day, it is impure and will not be accepted.8Whoever eats it will be held responsible because they have desecrated what is holy to the LORD; they must be cut off from their people.9“ ‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest.10Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the LORD your God.11“ ‘Do not steal. “ ‘Do not lie. “ ‘Do not deceive one another.12“ ‘Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.13“ ‘Do not defraud or rob your neighbor. “ ‘Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight.14“ ‘Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the LORD.15“ ‘Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.16“ ‘Do not go about spreading slander among your people. “ ‘Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the LORD.17“ ‘Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt.18“ ‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.19“ ‘Keep my decrees. “ ‘Do not mate different kinds of animals. “ ‘Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed. “ ‘Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.20“ ‘If a man sleeps with a female slave who is promised to another man but who has not been ransomed or given her freedom, there must be due punishment. Yet they are not to be put to death, because she had not been freed.21The man, however, must bring a ram to the entrance to the tent of meeting for a guilt offering to the LORD.22With the ram of the guilt offering the priest is to make atonement for him before the LORD for the sin he has committed, and his sin will be forgiven.23“ ‘When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as forbidden. For three years you are to consider it forbidden ; it must not be eaten.24In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, an offering of praise to the LORD.25But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit. In this way your harvest will be increased. I am the LORD your God.26“ ‘Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it. “ ‘Do not practice divination or seek omens.27“ ‘Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.28“ ‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.29“ ‘Do not degrade your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will turn to prostitution and be filled with wickedness.30“ ‘Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the LORD.31“ ‘Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.32“ ‘Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the LORD.33“ ‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them.34The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.35“ ‘Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity.36Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah and an honest hin. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt.37“ ‘Keep all my decrees and all my laws and follow them. I am the LORD.’ ”
1Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.2When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.3A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.4By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.5Those who flatter their neighbors are spreading nets for their feet.6Evildoers are snared by their own sin, but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.7The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.8Mockers stir up a city, but the wise turn away anger.9If a wise person goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.10The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity and seek to kill the upright.11Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.12If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.13The poor and the oppressor have this in common: The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.14If a king judges the poor with fairness, his throne will be established forever.15A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.16When the wicked thrive, so does sin, but the righteous will see their downfall.17Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.18Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.19Servants cannot be corrected by mere words; though they understand, they will not respond.20Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them.21A servant pampered from youth will turn out to be insolent.22An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.23Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.24The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies; they are put under oath and dare not testify.25Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.26Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the LORD that one gets justice.27The righteous detest the dishonest; the wicked detest the upright.