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Matthew 13:1-53

1 On that day Jesus went out of the house, and sat by the seaside.  2 Great multitudes gathered to him, so that he entered into a boat, and sat, and all the multitude stood on the beach.  3 He spoke to them many things in parables, saying, “Behold, a farmer went out to sow.  4 As he sowed, some seeds fell by the roadside, and the birds came and devoured them.  5 Others fell on rocky ground, where they didn't have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of earth.  6 When the sun had risen, they were scorched. Because they had no root, they withered away.  7 Others fell among thorns. The thorns grew up and choked them:  8 and others fell on good soil, and yielded fruit: some one hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty.  9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

10 The disciples came, and said to him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?"

11 He answered them, “To you it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but it is not given to them.  12 For whoever has, to him will be given, and he will have abundance, but whoever doesn't have, from him will be taken away even that which he has.  13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they don't see, and hearing, they don't hear, neither do they understand.  14 In them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says,   'By hearing you will hear,  And will in no way understand;  Seeing you will see,  And will in no way perceive:

15 For this people's heart has grown callous,  Their ears are dull of hearing,  They have closed their eyes;  Or else perhaps they might perceive with their eyes,  Hear with their ears,  Understand with their heart,  And should turn again;  And I would heal them.'

16 “But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.  17 For most assuredly I tell you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see the things which you see, and didn't see them; and to hear the things which you hear, and didn't hear them.

18 “Hear, then, the parable of the farmer.  19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and doesn't understand it, the evil one comes, and snatches away that which has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown by the roadside.  20 What was sown on the rocky places, this is he who hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it;  21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while. When oppression or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.  22 What was sown among the thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.  23 What was sown on the good ground, this is he who hears the word, and understands it, who most assuredly bears fruit, and brings forth, some one hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty.”

24 He set another parable before them, saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field,  25 but while people slept, his enemy came and sowed darnel also among the wheat, and went away.  26 But when the blade sprang up and brought forth fruit, then the darnel appeared also.  27 The servants of the householder came and said to him, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where did this darnel come from?'

28 “He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.'  "The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and gather them up?'

29 “But he said, 'No, lest perhaps while you gather up the darnel, you root up the wheat with them.  30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the harvest time I will tell the reapers, "First, gather up the darnel, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn."'”

31 He set another parable before them, saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field;  32 which indeed is smaller than all seeds. But when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches.”

33 He spoke another parable to them. “The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, until it was all leavened.”

34 Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the multitudes; and without a parable, he didn't speak to them,  35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying,   "I will open my mouth in parables;  I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world."

36 Then Jesus sent the multitudes away, and went into the house. His disciples came to him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the darnel of the field."

37 He answered them, “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man,  38 the field is the world; and the good seed, these are the children of the kingdom; and the darnel are the children of the evil one.  39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels.  40 As therefore the darnel is gathered up and burned with fire; so will it be at the end of this age.  41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all things that cause stumbling, and those who do iniquity,  42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be weeping and the gnashing of teeth.  43 Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

44 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found, and hid. In his joy, he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.

45 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a merchant seeking fine pearls,  46 who having found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

47 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet, that was cast into the sea, and gathered some fish of every kind,  48 which, when it was filled, they drew up on the beach. They sat down, and gathered the good into containers, but the bad they threw away.  49 So will it be in the end of the world. The angels will come forth, and separate the wicked from among the righteous,  50 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.”  51 Jesus said to them, “Have you understood all these things?”  They answered him, "Yes, Lord."

52 He said to them, “Therefore, every scribe who has been made a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a householder, who brings out of his treasure new and old things.”

53 It happened that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed from there. 

Luke 10:25-37

25 Behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"

26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?”

27 He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."

28 He said to him, “You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live.”

29 But he, desiring to justify himself, asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?"

30 Jesus answered, “A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead.  31 By chance a certain priest was going down that way. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  32 In the same way a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side.  33 But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled, came where he was. When he saw him, he was moved with compassion,  34 came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, and gave them to the host, and said to him, 'Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.'  36 Now which of these three do you think seemed to be a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers?”

37 He said, "He who showed mercy on him."  Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Matthew 20:1-16

1 “For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who was the master of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.  2 When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.  3 He went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace.  4 To them he said, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.' So they went their way.  5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise.  6 About the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle. He said to them, 'Why do you stand here all day idle?'

7 “They said to him, 'Because no one has hired us.'  "He said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and you will receive whatever is right.'  8 When evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said to his steward, 'Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.'

9 “When those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came, they each received a denarius.  10 When the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise each received a denarius.  11 When they received it, they murmured against the master of the household,  12 saying, 'These last have spent one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat!'

13 “But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Didn't you agree with me for a denarius?  14 Take that which is yours, and go your way. It is my desire to give to this last just as much as to you.  15 Isn't it lawful for me to do what I want to with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?'  16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Luke 13:18-21

18 He said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? To what shall I compare it?  19 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and put in his own garden. It grew, and became a large tree, and the birds of the sky lodged in its branches.”

20 Again he said, "To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God?  21 It is like yeast, which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened.”

Luke 15

1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming close to him to hear him.  2 The Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, "This man welcomes sinners, and eats with them."

3 He told them this parable.  4 “Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep, and lost one of them, wouldn't leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that was lost, until he found it?  5 When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing.  6 When he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'  7 I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.  8 Or what woman, if she had ten drachma coins, if she lost one drachma coin, wouldn't light a lamp, sweep the house, and seek diligently until she found it?  9 When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the drachma which I had lost.'  10 Even so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner repenting.”

11 He said, “A certain man had two sons.  12 The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of your property.' He divided his livelihood between them.  13 Not many days after, the younger son gathered all of this together and traveled into a far country. There he wasted his property with riotous living.  14 When he had spent all of it, there arose a severe famine in that country, and he began to be in need.  15 He went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed pigs.  16 He wanted to fill his belly with the husks that the pigs ate, but no one gave him any.  17 But when he came to himself he said, 'How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough to spare, and I'm dying with hunger!  18 I will get up and go to my father, and will tell him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight.  19 I am no more worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired servants."'

20 “He arose, and came to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.  21 The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'

22 “But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe, and put it on him. Put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.  23 Bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat, and celebrate;  24 for this, my son, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.' They began to celebrate.

25 “Now his elder son was in the field. As he came near to the house, he heard music and dancing.  26 He called one of the servants to him, and asked what was going on.  27 He said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and healthy.'  28 But he was angry, and would not go in. Therefore his father came out, and begged him.  29 But he answered his father, 'Behold, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed a commandment of yours, but you never gave me a goat, that I might celebrate with my friends.  30 But when this, your son, came, who has devoured your living with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.'

31 “He said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.  32 But it was appropriate to celebrate and be glad, for this, your brother, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.'”

Matthew 22:1-14

1 Jesus answered and spoke again in parables to them, saying,  2 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who made a marriage feast for his son,  3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast, but they would not come.  4 Again he sent out other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, "Behold, I have made ready my dinner. My oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the marriage feast!"'  5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his merchandise,  6 and the rest grabbed his servants, and treated them shamefully, and killed them.  7 When the king heard that, he was angry, and he sent his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.

8 “Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited weren't worthy.  9 Go therefore to the intersections of the highways, and as many as you may find, invite to the marriage feast.'  10 Those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together as many as they found, both bad and good. The wedding was filled with guests.  11 But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man who didn't have on wedding clothing,  12 and he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here not wearing wedding clothing?' He was speechless.  13 Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and throw him into the outer darkness; there is where the weeping and grinding of teeth will be.'  14 For many are called, but few chosen.”

Luke 16:1-13

1 He also said to his disciples, “There was a certain rich man who had a manager. An accusation was made to him that this man was wasting his possessions.  2 He called him, and said to him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Give an accounting of your management, for you can no longer be manager.'

3 “The manager said within himself, 'What will I do, seeing that my lord is taking away the management position from me? I don't have strength to dig. I am ashamed to beg.  4 I know what I will do, so that when I am removed from management, they may receive me into their houses.'  5 Calling each one of his lord's debtors to him, he said to the first, 'How much do you owe to my lord?'  6 He said, 'A hundred batos of oil.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.'  7 Then said he to another, 'How much do you owe?' He said, 'A hundred cors of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, and write eighty.'

8 “His lord commended the dishonest manager because he had done wisely, for the children of this world are, in their own generation, wiser than the children of the light.  9 I tell you, make for yourselves friends by means of unrighteous mammon, so that when you fail, they may receive you into the eternal tents.  10 He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much. He who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.  11 If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?  12 If you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?  13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. You aren't able to serve God and mammon.”

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