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The good Samaritan *
Treasure *
Weddings *
The prodigal son *
The rich man and the poor man *
The servant *
Two men praying in the temple *
The devil returning with seven more * *
Debt * *
The talents * *
The lost sheep * *
The sheep and the goats *
The tares in the wheat *
The labourers *
Two sons in the vineyard *
The wedding guest *
The parable of the virgins *


The good Samaritan

1890 The Good Samaritan (after Delacroix) - Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) Luke 10.25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 10.26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 10.27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 10.28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. 10.29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? 10.30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 10.31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 10.32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 10.33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 10.34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 10.35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. 10.36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 10.37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.


Luke 12.16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 12.17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 12.18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 12.19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 12.20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 12.21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

12.35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; 12.36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. 12.37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. 12.38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. 12.39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. 12.40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

12.41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? 12.42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? 12.43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 12.44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. 12.45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; 12.46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. 12.47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 12.48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

12.49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I if it be already kindled? 12.50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! 12.54 And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. 12.55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. 12.56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time? 12.57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? 12.58 When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison. 12.59 I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.


Luke 14.7 And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them, 14.8 When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; 14.9 And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. 14.10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. 14.11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

14.12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. 14.13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14.14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. 14.15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.

14.16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: 14.17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. 14.18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. 14.19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. 14.20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. 14.21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. 14.22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. 14.23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 14.24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

The prodigal son

c. 1496 The Prodigal Son by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) Luke 15.11 And he said, A certain man had two sons: 15.12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 15.13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 15.14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15.15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 15.16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 15.17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! c. 1669 The Return of the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt (1606-1669) 15.18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 15.19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 15.20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 15.21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 15.22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 15.23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 15.24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. 15.25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 15.26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 15.27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. 15.28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. 15.29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 15.30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 15.31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. 15.32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

The rich man and the poor man

Luke 16.19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 16.20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 16.21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 16.22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 16.23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 16.24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 16.25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 16.26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. 16.27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: 16.28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 16.29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 16.30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 16.31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

The servant

Luke 17.5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. 17.6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. 17.7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? 17.8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? 17.9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. 17.10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.


Luke 18.1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 18.2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 18.3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 18.4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 18.5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 18.6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 18.7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 18.8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

Two men praying in the temple

Luke 18.9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 18.10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 18.11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 18.12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 18.13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 18.14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.



The devil returning with seven more

Matthew 12.43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 12.44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 12.45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself 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. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation. Luke 11.24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. 11.25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. 11.26 Then goeth he, and taketh to 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.


Matthew 18.23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 18.24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 18.25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 18.26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 18.27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. 18.28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. 18.29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 18.30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. 18.31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. 18.32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 18.33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? 18.34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 18.35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. Luke 16.1 And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. 16.2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. 16.3 Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. 16.4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. 16.5 So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? 16.6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. 16.7 Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. 16.8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. 16.9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. 16.10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. 16.11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 16.12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?

The parable of the talents

Matthew 25.14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 25.15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 25.16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 25.17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 25.18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. 25.19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 25.20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 25.21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 25.22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 25.23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 25.24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25.25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 25.26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 25.27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 25.28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 25.29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 25.30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Luke 19.11 And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. 19.12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 19.13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. 19.14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. 19.15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. 19.16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. 19.17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. 19.18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. 19.19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities. 19.20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: 19.21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow. 19.22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: 19.23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury? 19.24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds. 19.25 (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.) 19.26 For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him. 19.27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

The lost sheep

Matthew 18.12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? 18.13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. 18.14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. 18.15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 18.16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 18.17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. 18.18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 18.19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 18.20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Luke 15.1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 15.2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. 15.3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 15.4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 15.5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 15.6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 15.7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. 15.8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 15.9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 15.10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.


The sheep and the goats

Matthew 25.31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 25.32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 25.33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 25.34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 25.35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 25.36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 25.37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 25.38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 25.39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 25.40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 25.41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 25.42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 25.43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 25.44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 25.45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 25.46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

The tares in the wheat

Matthews 13.24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 13.25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 13.26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 13.27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 13.28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 13.29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 13.30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

13.36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 13.37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 13.38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 13.39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 13.40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 13.41 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; 13.42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 13.43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. 13.44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. 13.45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 13.46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. 13.47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 13.48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. 13.49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, 13.50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 13.51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. 13.52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old. 13.53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.

The labourers

Matthew 20.1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. 20.2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 20.3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 20.4 And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. 20.5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. 20.6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? 20.7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. 20.8 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. 20.9 And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. 20.10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. 20.11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, 20.12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. 20.13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? 20.14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. 20.15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? 20.16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Two sons in the vineyard

Matthew 21.28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. 21.29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. 21.30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. 21.31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. 21.32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

The wedding guest

Matthew 22.1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, 22.2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 22.3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. 22.4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. 22.5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: 22.6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. 22.7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 22.8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. 22.9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 22.10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. 22.11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 22.12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 22.13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 22.14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

The parable of the virgins

Matthew 25.1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 25.2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 25.3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 25.4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 25.5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 25.6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 25.7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 25.8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 25.9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 25.10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 25.11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 25.12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 25.13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.