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Jesus’ Parables

Jesus spoke a great deal in parables. They were not simply stories.  They were living words from the mouth of God. A parable is an illustration, a story that is designed to teach a lesson. Jesus used them frequently and cited the common culture, norms, and situation of the time he was in so as to teach the listeners in terms they would understand.

  1.      The speck and the log  Matt 7:1–6; Luke 6:37–43
  2.      The two houses  Matt 7:24–27; Luke 6:47–49
  3.      Children in the marketplace  Matt 11:16–19; Luke 7:32
  4.      The two debtors  Luke 7:41
  5.      The unclean spirit  Matt 12:43–45; Luke 11:24–26
  6.      The rich man’s meditation  Luke 12:16–21
  7.      The barren fig tree  Luke 13:6–9
  8.      The sower  Matt 13: 3–8; Mark 4:3–8; Luke 8:5–8
  9.      The tares  Matt 13:24–30
  10.     The seed  Mark 4:20
  11.     The grain of mustard seed  Matt 13:31–32; Mark 4:31–32; Luke 13:19
  12.     The leaven  Matt 13:33; Luke 13:21
  13.     The lamp  Matt 5:15; Mark 4:21; Luke 8:16; 11:33
  14.     The dragnet  Matt 13:47–48
  15.     The hidden treasure  Matt 13:44
  16.     The pearl of great value  Matt 13:45–46
  17.     The householder  Matt 13:52
  18.     The marriage  Matt 9:15; Mark 2:19–20; Luke 5:34–35
  19.     The patched garment  Matt 9:16; Mark 2:21; Luke 5:36
  20.     The wine bottles  Matt 9:17; Mark 2:22; Luke 5:37
  21.     The harvest  Matt 9:37; Luke 10:2
  22.     The opponent  Matt 5:25; Luke 12:58
  23.     Two insolvent debtors  Matt 18:23–35
  24.     The Good Samaritan  Luke 10:30–37
  25.     The three loaves  Luke 11:5–8
  26.     The good shepherd  John 10:1–16
  27.     The narrow gate  Matt 7:14; Luke 13:24
  28.     The guests  Luke 14:7–11
  29.     The great banquet  Matt 22:2–9; Luke 14:16–23
  30.     The wedding clothes  Matt 22:10–14
  31.     The tower  Luke 14:28–30
  32.     The king going to war  Luke 14:31
  33.     The lost sheep  Matt 18:12–13; Luke 15:4–7
  34.     The lost coin  Luke 15:8–9
  35.     The prodigal son  Luke 15:11–32
  36.     The unjust steward  Luke 16:1–9
  37.     The rich man and Lazarus1  Luke 16:19–31
  38.     The slave’s duty  Luke 17:7–10
  39.     Laborers in the vineyard  Matt 20:1–16
  40.     The talents  Matt 25:14–30; Luke 19:11–27
  41.     The importunate widow  Luke 18:2–5
  42.     The Pharisee and tax-gatherer  Luke 18:10–14
  43.     The two sons  Matt 21:28
  44.     The wicked vine-growers  Matt 21:33–43; Mark 12:1–9; Luke 20:9–15
  45.     The fig tree  Matt 24:32; Mark 13:28; Luke 21:29–30
  46.     The watching slave  Matt 24:43; Luke 12:39
  47.     The man on a journey  Mark 13:34
  48.     Character of two slaves  Matt 24:45–51; Luke 12:42–46
  49.     The ten virgins  Matt 25:1–12
  50.     The watching slaves  Luke 12:36–38
  51.     The vine and branches  John 15:1–6