Matthew 13:31-35

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast

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 Though 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.”
33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds[a] of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.
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.”[b]

Matthew 13:31 in Other Translations

KJV
31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying,The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
ESV
31 He put another parable before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.
NLT
31 Here is another illustration Jesus used: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field.
MSG
31 Another story. "God's kingdom is like a pine nut that a farmer plants.
CSB
31 He presented another parable to them: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.

Matthew 13:31-35 In-Context

29 “ ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them.
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 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.
32 Though 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.”
33 He 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.”
34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.
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 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 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.

Cross References 9

  • 1. S ver 24
  • 2. Matthew 17:20; Luke 17:6
  • 3. Psalms 104:12; Ezekiel 17:23; Ezekiel 31:6; Daniel 4:12
  • 4. S ver 24
  • 5. Genesis 18:6
  • 6. Galatians 5:9
  • 7. Mark 4:33; S John 16:25
  • 8. ver 14; S Matthew 1:22
  • 9. Psalms 78:2; Romans 16:25,26; 1 Corinthians 2:7; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:26

Footnotes 2

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