He told another parable to them: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and planted in his field.
It's the smallest of all seeds. But when it's grown, it's the largest of all vegetable plants. It becomes a tree so that the birds in the sky come and nest in its branches."
He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast, which a woman took and hid in a bushel of wheat flour until the yeast had worked its way through all the dough."
Jesus said all these things to the crowds in parables, and he spoke to them only in parables.
This was to fulfill what the prophet spoke: I'll speak in parables; I'll declare what has been hidden since the beginning of the world.
Jesus left the crowds and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field."
Jesus replied, "The one who plants the good seed is the Human One.
The field is the world. And the good seeds are the followers of the kingdom. But the weeds are the followers of the evil one.
The enemy who planted them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the present age. The harvesters are the angels.
Just as people gather weeds and burn them in the fire, so it will be at the end of the present age.
The Human One will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all things that cause people to fall away and all people who sin.
He will throw them into a burning furnace. People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father's kingdom. Those who have ears should hear."
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure that somebody hid in a field, which someone else found and covered up. Full of joy, the finder sold everything and bought that field.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls.
When he found one very precious pearl, he went and sold all that he owned and bought it.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that people threw into the lake and gathered all kinds of fish.
When it was full, they pulled it to the shore, where they sat down and put the good fish together into containers. But the bad fish they threw away.
That's the way it will be at the end of the present age. The angels will go out and separate the evil people from the righteous people,
and will throw the evil ones into a burning furnace. People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth.
"Have you understood all these things?" Jesus asked. They said to him, "Yes."
Then he said to them, "Therefore, every legal expert who has been trained as a disciple for the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings old and new things out of their treasure chest."
When Jesus finished these parables, he departed.
When he came to his hometown, he taught the people in their synagogue. They were surprised and said, "Where did he get this wisdom? Where did he get the power to work miracles?
Isn't he the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother named Mary? Aren't James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas his brothers?
And his sisters, aren't they here with us? Where did this man get all this?"
They were repulsed by him and fell into sin. But Jesus said to them, "Prophets are honored everywhere except in their own hometowns and in their own households."
He was unable to do many miracles there because of their disbelief.