Parable of the Tares

The Tares

Matthew 13:24-30

Jesus put forth another parable to them.

Jesus: The kingdom of heaven is like a

man which sowed good seed in his field:

But while the men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

The servants of the householder: Sir, didn’t you sow good seed

in your field? from where then does it have tares?

Householder: An enemy has done this.

The servants: Will you then that

we go and gather them up?

Householder: Nay; lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them.

Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers,

Gather together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat

into my barn.
The Tares Explained

Matthew 13:36-43

Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came to
 him. 

Disciples: Declare to us the parable of the tares of the field.

Jesus: He that sows the good seed is the Son of man;
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who has ears to hear, let him hear 



The Parable of the Sower

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Matthew 13:3-8 (Also found in Mark 4:1-9 and Luke 8:4-8)
Jesus spoke many things to the multitude in parables.

Jesus: A sower went out to sow. When he sowed:

• Some seeds fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured them up.

• Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much soil: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of soul. When the sun was up, the tender plants were scorched; and they withered away because they did not have roots.

• Some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them.

• Others fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

The Sower Explained

Matthew 13:18-23 (Also found in Mark 4:13-20 and Luke 8:11-15)

Jesus (to his disciples): Hear the parable of the sower.

  • When any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, then the wicked one, comes and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the way side. 
  • He who received the seed into stony places, the same is he who hears the word, and soon receives it with joy. But he has no root in himself, so he endures for a while; but when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, by and by he is offended. 
  •  He who received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.  
  • But he who received seed into the good ground is he that hears the word, and understands it. He bears fruit and brings forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.   

The Empty House

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 Luke 11:24-26  

When an unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.

The unclean spirit (to himself): I will return to my house from which I came out.

When the unclean spirit returns to his house, he finds it swept and garnished.

Then the unclean spirit goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there. And the last state of that man is worse than the first.

Also found in Matthew 12:43-45

The Strong Man

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Luke 11:21-22
When a strong man armed keeps his palace, his goods are safe. But when one stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he takes from him all his armor wherein he trusted, and divides his spoils.

Matthew 12:29

How can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? Then he will spoil his house.

House Divided

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Matthew 12:24-28

Pharisees (said to themselves): He has Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils he casts out devils. 

Jesus knew the thoughts of the Pharisees.

Jesus: Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation. Every city or house divided against itself shall not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then shall then his kingdom stand? (Matthew 12:25-26 is restated in Mark 3:23-26) If I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come to you.

The Sheep in the Pit 

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Matthew 12:9-13

Jesus went into their synagogue.

There was a man who had a withered hand.

The Pharisees (to Jesus): Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days?

They asked this question that they might accuse him.

Jesus (to the Pharisees): What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. 

Jesus (to the man with the withered hand): Stretch forth your hand.

The man stretched his hand forth. It was restored whole, like the other.

This parable is similar to two others.


The Ox in the Stall 

 Luke 13:10-16

Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.

There was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years and was bowed together, and could not lift herself up. When Jesus saw her, he called her to him.

Jesus: Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.

Jesus laid his hands on her. Immediately she was made straight and glorified God.

The ruler of the synagogue (to the people, with indignation): There are six days in which men ought to work. Therefore come and be healed in the six days and not on the sabbath day.

The ruler of the synagogue spoke with indignation because Jesus had healed on the sabbath day.

The Lord (to the ruler of the synagogue): You hypocrite, Doesn’t each one of you on the
sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? Ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?  


 The Ox in the Ditch 

Luke 14:1-6

As Jesus went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, the Pharisees and lawyers watched him. There was a certain man before him who had the dropsy.

Jesus (to the lawyers and Pharisees): Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?

They held their peace. And Jesus took the man and healed him and let him go.

Jesus: Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit and will not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?

Again, they could not answer him to these things.

The New Cloth and the New Wine

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Matthew 9:16-17
Jesus spoke a parable to them:

No man puts a piece of new cloth to an old
garment, for that which is put in to fill it up takes from the garment, and the rent is made worse. 

Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runs out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.  

Luke 5:39
No man having drunk old wine straightway desires new: for he says, The old is better.

Two Builders

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Matthew 7:24-27

Jesus ends the Sermon on the Mount with this parable.

Whoever hears these sayings of mine and does them, I will liken him to a
wise man, who built his house upon a rock. And the rain descended and the floods came and the winds blew and beat upon that house and the house did not fall, because it was founded upon a rock.  

And every one, who hears these sayings of mine and does not do them, shall be likened to a
foolish man, who built his house upon the sand. And the rain descended and the floods came and the winds blew and beat upon that house, and it fell. And great was the fall of it. 

You might recognize these verses from the children’s song, The Wise Man Built His House Upon a Rock.