“These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father.
They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God.
I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will express my riddle on the harp.
I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,
To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles.
And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable.
And He *said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand all the parables?
This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them.
“I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
“ A little while, and you will no longer see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me.”
I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; I am leaving the world again and going to the Father.”
Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear.
Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech,
but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.