Matthew 13:31-34

The Mustard Seed

31 He presented another parable to them, saying, "1The kingdom of heaven is like 2a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field;
32 and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that 3THE BIRDS OF THE AIR come and NEST IN ITS BRANCHES."

The Leaven

33 He spoke another parable to them, "4The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in 5three pecks of flour until it was all leavened."
34 All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them 6without a parable.

Matthew 13:31-34 In-Context

29 "But he said, 'No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them.
30 'Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn."' "
31 He presented another parable to them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field;
32 and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that THE BIRDS OF THE AIR come and NEST IN ITS BRANCHES."
33 He spoke another parable to them, "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened."
34 All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable.
35 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: "I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD."
36 Then He left the crowds and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field."

Cross References 6

  • 1. Matthew 13:31, 32: {Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13:18, 19;} Matthew 13:24
  • 2. Matthew 17:20; Luke 17:6
  • 3. Ezekiel 17:23; Psalms 104:12; Ezekiel 31:6; Daniel 4:12
  • 4. Matthew 13:33: {Luke 13:21;} Matthew 13:24
  • 5. Genesis 18:6; Judges 6:19; 1 Samuel 1:24
  • 6. Mark 4:34; John 10:6; John 16:25

Footnotes 2

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