PARABLE (IN OT)
1. The word represents Heb. m
Then Jesus went about through Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and infirmity among the people.
"Beware of the false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing, but within they are ravening wolves. "By their fruits you will know them. Are grapes gathered of thorns, or figs of thistles? read more. "No, every good tree bears good fruit, but a worthless tree bears bad fruit. "A good tree cannot bear bad fruit; neither can a worthless tree bear good fruit. "Every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. "Hence it is by their fruit you will know them. "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. "Many in that day will say to me, "'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, and in your name cast out demons, and in your name done many mighty works?' "Then I will tell them plainly, "'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of iniquity.' "Every one who hears my words and does them I will liken to a wise man who built his house upon the rock. "And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon the house, but it fell not, for it was founded upon the rock. "And every one who hears these words of mine and does them not, I will liken 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."
"Foxes have their holes," answered Jesus, "and wild birds their roosting-places, but the Son of man has not where to lay his head."
"saying. 'We have piped to you and you have not danced; We have wailed, but you have not beaten your breasts.'
On that same day, after Jesus had left the house, he took his seat on the seashore;
On that same day, after Jesus had left the house, he took his seat on the seashore; and such a great crowd gathered about him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the crowd stood on the beach.
and such a great crowd gathered about him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the crowd stood on the beach. Then he told them many truths in parables. "Behold," he said, "the sower went forth to sow;
Then he told them many truths in parables. "Behold," he said, "the sower went forth to sow; and as he sowed, some seed fell by the roadside, and the birds came and ate it.
and as he sowed, some seed fell by the roadside, and the birds came and ate it. Some fell on rocky ground where there was not much earth. Now because it had no depth of soil, it sprang up at once;
Some fell on rocky ground where there was not much earth. Now because it had no depth of soil, it sprang up at once; but when the sun rose it was scorched, and withered away because it had no root.
but when the sun rose it was scorched, and withered away because it had no root. Some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked it.
Some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked it. But some fell on good soil, and bore a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
But some fell on good soil, and bore a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear!"
He who has ears, let him hear!" Now when his disciples came up to him, they said, read more. "Why do you speak to them in parables?" Jesus answered. "To you it has been granted to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven; but to them it has not been granted.
"Why do you speak to them in parables?" Jesus answered. "To you it has been granted to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven; but to them it has not been granted. "For whoever holds, to him shall more be given, and he shall have abundance; but whoever does not hold, from him shall be taken away even what he holds. read more. "This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them is being fulfilled that prophecy of Isaiah which says. "Hearing you will hear and not understand; Seeing you will see and not perceive; For the heart of his people is made fat, Their ears are dull of hearing; Their eyes, too, have they closed, Lest some day their eyes should perceive, And their ears should hear, And their heart should understand and turn, And I should heal them. "But happy are your eyes, because they see, and your ears because they hear. "In solemn truth I tell you that many prophets and holy men have seen it not, and to hear what you are hearing, and have not heard it. "Listen then, to the parable of the sower. "Whenever any one hears the message of the kingdom, and does not understand it, the Evil One comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart.
"Whenever any one hears the message of the kingdom, and does not understand it, the Evil One comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. "This is the seed sown by the wayside. And the word, and at once receives it with joy.
"This is the seed sown by the wayside. And the word, and at once receives it with joy. "But he has no root in himself; he continues for a time, but when trouble arises, or persecutions, on account of the word, at once he stumbles and falls.
"But he has no root in himself; he continues for a time, but when trouble arises, or persecutions, on account of the word, at once he stumbles and falls. "And the seed sown among thorns is he who hears the word, but the anxieties of the age and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
"And the seed sown among thorns is he who hears the word, but the anxieties of the age and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. "But the seed sown in good soil is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit, and makes now an hundredfold, now sixty, now thirty."
"But the seed sown in good soil is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit, and makes now an hundredfold, now sixty, now thirty." He told them another parable. "The kingdom of heaven," he said, "is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;
He told them another parable. "The kingdom of heaven," he said, "is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; "but while men were asleep his enemy came and sowed tares among his wheat and went away.
"but while men were asleep his enemy came and sowed tares among his wheat and went away. "And when the blade shot up and formed the wheat-kernel, then the tares also appeared.
"And when the blade shot up and formed the wheat-kernel, then the tares also appeared. "The slaves of the owner went to him and said: "'Was it not good seed, sir, that you sowed in your field? From whence then, do you get tares?'
"The slaves of the owner went to him and said: "'Was it not good seed, sir, that you sowed in your field? From whence then, do you get tares?' "'It is an enemy who has done this,' he answered. "The slaves said to him, 'Do you want us to go and collect them?'
"'It is an enemy who has done this,' he answered. "The slaves said to him, 'Do you want us to go and collect them?' "'No,' he answered, 'for fear lest while you are collecting the tares, you at the same time pull up the wheat. read more. "Let both grow together until harvest, and at harvest-time I will tell the reapers to first gather the tares and tie them in bundles for burning, but to bring all the wheat into my store-house.'"
in fulfilment of the word spoken by the prophet, I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things kept secret since the foundation of the world."
"The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in the ground, which a man finds but buries again, and then in his joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that land. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of beautiful pearls.
Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came to him, and in order to test him, asked him to show them a sign from heaven. In answer he said: "In the evening you say, 'It will be fine weather, for the sky is red as fire'; read more. and at dawn you say, 'It will storm today, for the sky is red and lowering.' You know how to discern the look of the sky, but the signs of the times you cannot read. A wicked and faithless generation is seeking a sign, but no sign shall be given it but the sign of Jonah." So he left them and went away.
At that hour his disciples came to Jesus and asked him, "Who is really greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" When he had called a little child to him, Jesus set him among them, and answered. read more. "In solemn truth I tell you that unless you turn and become like little children, you will not even enter the kingdom of heaven. "Whoever therefore will humble himself like this little child, is greatest in the kingdom of heaven;
"But on his way out, that slave met a fellow slave who owed him fifty dollars. Seizing him by the throat, and nearly choking him, he exclaimed, "'Pay me what you owe me!' "Then his fellow slave fell at his feet, and besought him, saying, "'Be patient with me, and I will pay you.' read more. "But he would not; on the contrary he went and threw him into prison until he should pay the debt. "When therefore his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were very angry; and they went and explained to their master all that had happened. "Immediately his master summoned him and said: "'You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you implored me. "'Ought not you also to have had pity on your fellow slave, just as I had pity on you?' "Then in hot anger his master handed him over to the torturers, until he should pay him all his debt. "So will my heavenly Father do to you also, unless from your heart each one of you forgive his brother."
"What is it you wish?" he said. She answered, "Command that these my two sons may sit upon your right hand and your left in your kingdom."
"But give me your judgment. There was once a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said to him, "'Son, go work today in my vineyard!'
"Listen to another parable: "A man who was a householder planted a vineyard, fenced it about, dug a wine vat in it, built a tower, then rented it to vine-dressers and went abroad.
"Listen to another parable: "A man who was a householder planted a vineyard, fenced it about, dug a wine vat in it, built a tower, then rented it to vine-dressers and went abroad. When the time of fruit drew near, he sent his slaves to the vine-dressers to get his fruit. read more. And the vine-dressers seized his slaves, flogged one, killed another, and stoned a third. Again he sent other slaves, a larger number than at first, and they treated them in the same way. And last he sent his son to them; 'Surely they will respect my son,' he said. But when the vine-dressers saw his son, they said to themselves: "'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and take his inheritance.' "So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. When therefore the lord of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-dressers?" "He will utterly destroy those wretches," they answered, "and will entrust his vineyard to other vine-dressers, who will pay back the fruits to him in their season." "Have you never read in the Scriptures," Jesus answered, "how The stone that the builders rejected Has been made the corner-stone; This is the Lord's doing, It is wonderful in our eyes? "I tell you that for this reason the kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and will be given to a nation that does produce the fruit of it. "He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but he upon whom it falls will be scattered as dust." As they listened to his parables, the chief priests and the Pharisees recognized that he was speaking about them; but although they longed to apprehend him, they were afraid of the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.
And five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
"For it is like a man going into another country, who summoned his slaves, and committed his property to their care. "To one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another, one??o each according to his individual ability??nd then set out on his travels. read more. "At once the man who had received the five talents went out and traded with them, and made five talents more. "In the same way the one who got two talents made another two. "But he who had received the one talent went off, and dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master's money. "After a long time the master of those slaves came, and demanded a reckoning with them. "The man who had received the five talents came, bringing five more, and said: "'Master, five talents you entrusted to me; see, I have gained five more.' "'Well done, good and faithful slave,' replied his master; 'You have been faithful over many things. Enter into your master's joy.' "The second, who had received the two talents, came up and said: "'Master, it was two talents that you entrusted to me; see, I have gained two more.' "'Well done, good and faithful slave,' his master replied, 'You have been faithful over many things; enter into your master's joy.' "Then the man who had received the one talent came up and said: "'Master, I knew you were a hard man, reaping where you had not sown, and gathering where you had not scattered; "so I was afraid; I went away and buried your talent in the earth. There, you have what belongs to you!' "'You wicked and lazy slave,' said his master. 'You say you knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not scattered?' Then you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back my property with interest. So take away the talent from him, and give it to the man who has ten talents. (For to every one who has, it shall be given, and he shall have abundance; but from him who has not shall be taken away even what he has.) But cast out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; there will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.'
"I was a stranger, and you took me not in; naked, and you clothed me not; sick, or in prison, and you visited me not.'
"It is with the kingdom of God," he continued, "as if a man should have sown seed in the earth; night and day he sleeps and wakes while the seed is sprouting and growing tall, he knows not how. read more. Of its own accord the earth bears its crops; first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. Then as soon as the crop is ready the man has the sickle put in at once, because harvest-time is come.
Take heed! Awake! for you never know the time. As a man gone abroad and leaving his house gives authority to his slaves, to each his task; and orders the porter to keep watch; keep watch then, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming??n the evening, at midnight, at cockcrow, or in the morning??36 lest he should come unexpectedly and find you sleeping;
and what I say to you, I say to all. Be awake and on guard."
When they had heard these words, those in the synagogue were filled with fury;
"There were once to men," said Jesus, "in debt to one money-lender. One owed him fifty pounds; the other five. "When they had nothing pay he forgave them with such charm. "Tell me, then, which of these will love him most?" read more. "I take it," said Simon, "the one he forgave the most."
He answered. "To you it is given to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God; But all others are taught in parables so that seeing they shall not see, and hearing they shall not hear.
"A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell among bandits who both stripped him and beat him, and went off leaving him half dead. "Now a certain priest chanced to be going down that way, but on seeing him he passed on the other side. read more. "In like manner also a Levite who came to the spot, came and looked at him, and passed on the other side. "But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was, and when he saw him was moved with compassion. "He went to him bound up his wounds, pouring on them oil and wine. He set him on his own beast, and took him to an inn, and took care of him. "The next day he took two silver pieces and gave them to the landlord and said, "'Take care of him, and whatever more you spend I will repay it to you on my way back.' "Which then of these three seems to you to have behaved like a neighbor to the man who fell among bandits?" He replied, "The one who showed mercy on him." "Go, then," said Jesus, "and do likewise."
He also said to them. "Suppose you have a friend and you go to him, 'My friend, lend me three loaves of bread, "for a friend of mine is come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him.' read more. "and he from indoors shall answer. 'Do not pester me. The door is now closed, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot rise and give to you.' "I tell you that, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his importunate persistence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. "So I say to you. "Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you. "For he that asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks the door shall be opened. "What father is there among you who, if his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish will give him instead a serpent? "Or if he asks for an egg, will offer him a scorpion? "If you give good gifts to your children, how much more shall the Father who is in heaven give the Holy spirit to those that ask him!"
Then he spoke to them in a parable. "The ground of a certain rich man bore heavy crops. "So he debated with himself saying, 'What shall I do? for I have no place in which to store my crops.' read more. "And he said to himself. 'This is what I will do. I will pull down my barns and build larger ones in which I will store all my wheat and my goods. "'And I will say to my soul, "'Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years! Take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry.' "But God said to him. 'Foolish man! This very night your soul is wanted! And these things you have prepared, whose shall they be? "So is he that lays up treasures for himself and is not rich toward God."
"Let your loins be girded about and your lamps burning; "and be yourselves like men who are looking for the Lord, on his return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they may at once open the door for him. read more. "Happy are those slaves whom their master shall find watching when he comes. I tell you truly that will gird himself, and make them sit down to meat, and come and serve them. "And whether it be in the second watch, or in the third, that he comes, and so finds them, happy are those slaves. "However, you know this, that if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not have allowed his house to be broken into.
The Lord answered. "Who then is that faithful steward, the wise man whom his Lord will put in charge of the rations in due time? "Blessed is that slave whom his master on his coming shall find so doing. read more. "Of a truth I tell you that he will put him in charge of his possessions. "But if that slave should say to himself, 'My master delays his coming,' and should begin to beat the men and the maids, and to eat and drink and to get drunk, "that slave's master will arrive on a day when he is not expecting him, and at an hour when he knows not, and will surely scourge him, and appoint him his portion with the unfaithful.
"I tell you no; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. "Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you suppose that they were worse offenders than the rest of those who lived in Jerusalem? read more. "I tell you no; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did." Then he gave them this parable. "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came to look for fruit on it, but found none. So he said to the gardener. "'See, for years I have come looking for fruit on this tree, and found none. Cut it down. Why should it actually cumber the ground?' "But the gardener answered him. 'Lord, let it alone this year also, till I have dug around it, and fertilized it.
"When you are invited by any one to a marriage-feast, do not sit down in the best seat, lest a guest more distinguished than yourself has been invited, and your host come to you and say,
Also to his host who had invited him, he continued, saying. "When you are making a dinner-party or a supper, do not invite your friends, or your brothers, or your relatives, or your rich neighbors, lest it chance that they invite you in return, and a recompense be made by you. "But when you make a reception, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind.
One of his fellow guest who was listening to him, said to him, "Blessed are those who eat bread in the kingdom of God." Jesus answered. "A certain man was making a great feast to which he invited many guests. read more. "At dinnertime he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, 'Come, for all things are now ready.' "And they all, without exception, proceeded to excuse themselves. The first told him. 'I have bought a field, and must needs go and see it. Pray have me excused.' "The second said: 'I have bought five yolk of oxen and am on my way to try them. I pray that you will have me excused.' "'I have taken a wife,' said the another, 'and for that reason I am unable to come.' "So the slave came and presented all these answers to his master. Then the master of the house was indignant, and said to his slave. 'Go out, quickly, into the streets and alleys of the city, and bring in hither the poor, the maimed, the blind, the lame.' "And the slave said, 'My master, your orders have been carried out, but yet there is room.' "Said the master to his slave. 'Go out into the roads and the hedges, and make them come in, so that my house may be filled. "'For I tell you that not one of those invited guests shall taste my supper.'"
And he told them a parable. "Which one of you men, if he has a hundred sheep, and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety and nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? read more. "And after he has found it, he lays it on his shoulder, rejoicing. "When he gets home he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying, "Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.' "I say to you that even so there shall be joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, more than over ninety and nine just persons who need no repentance. "Or, again, suppose a woman has ten coins. If she loses one, does she not light a lamp and sweep the house, and search anxiously until she finds it? "And when she has found it, she calls together her woman friends and neighbors and say, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost.' "Even so I tell you there is joy in the presence of the angels for God over one sinner who repents." And he said: "There was a man who had two sons. "The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of your property which is coming to me.' So he divided his means among them. "Not many days after that the younger son gathered everything together and took his journey into a distant country; and there he wasted his money on living unsavingly. "After he had spent everything there came a terrible famine in the land, and he began to be in want. "So he went and hired to one of the citizens of that land, who sent him out into the fields to feed swine. "And he was longing to be filled with the husks which the swine were eating, but no one gave him any. "When he came to himself he said: "'How many of my father's hired men have bread enough and to spare, while I am perishing of hunger! "'I will rise and go to my father, and say to him. "Father, I have sinned against Heaven and in your sight, "'"I am no more worthy to be called your son; only make me like one of your hired men."' "So he arose and went to his father; but while he was yet a great way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. "The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight and am no more worthy to be called your son.' "'Fetch the best robe, quick,' said the father to his slaves, 'and put it on him, and give him a ring on his finger, and shoes on his feet. "'Bring that fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry, "'for this son of mine was dead and is alive again??e was lost and is found.' "So they began to make merry. But his elder son was in the field, and as he drew near to the house he heard music and dancing, "and he summoned one of the slaves, and began to inquire of him what all this meant. "'Your brother is come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has him safe and sound.' "But he was angry and would not go in; so his father came out, and attempted to plead with him; but he said to his father. "'All these years I have been slaving for you and never disobeyed a command of yours. Yet you never gave me even a kid so that I might make merry with my friends. "'But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with harlots, you have killed him the fatted calf.' "'My dear son,' answered his father, 'you are always with me and all that is mine is yours. "'But it was fitting that we should make merry and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and is alive; he was lost and is found.'"
"Now there was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen, and made merry every day in splendor. "And a certain beggar named Lazarus was thrown at his door. read more. "He was full of sores, and longingly desired to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table. Yes! even the dogs came and licked his sores. "But in the course of time the beggar died; and he was carried by angels into Abraham's bosom. "The rich man also died, and was buried. And as he was tormented in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom. "And he cried out and said, 'Father Abraham have mercy on me; and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.' "'Remember my son.' said Abraham, 'that you had in your lifetime all your good things, and in the same way Lazarus his evil things; but now here he is comforted, and you are in anguish. "But besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who want to cross from here to you cannot, nor can those who would cross from you to us.' "'I beg you then, father,' he said, 'send him to my fathers house. For I have five brothers. "'Let him earnestly warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.' "But Abraham said, 'They have Moses and the Prophets, let them listen to them.' "'Nay, Father Abraham,' he said 'but if some one went to them from the dead they would repent.' "'If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets,' said Father Abraham, 'neither will they be persuaded if one should rise from the dead.'"
"nor will they say, 'Look here it is!' or 'See there!'??or the kingdom of God is now in your midst."
He also taught them by a parable how they ought always to pray and never to lose heart. "There was a certain town," he said, "a judge who had neither reverence for God, nor respect for man. read more. "In that same town there was a widow who came again and again before him, saying, "'Do for me the justice of my adversary.' "For a while he would not, but afterwards he said to himself, 'Though I have neither reverence for God nor regard for man, "'yet because this woman annoys me I will give her justice, lest by her continual coming she wear me out.' "Listen" said the Lord, "to what this unjust judge says. "And will not God see justice done to his elect who are crying unto him day and night, even if he seems to delay helping them? "I tell you that he will quickly see justice done to his elect! Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith upon the earth?" Moreover he spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves because they were righteous, and looked down upon the rest. "Two men are going up to the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, the other a tax-gatherer.
"Two men are going up to the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, the other a tax-gatherer. "The Pharisee stood apart and thus began to pray by himself. "'O God, I thank thee that I am not like the rest of men, extortioners, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax gatherer; read more. "'I fast twice a week, I pay tithes of all my possessions.' "But the tax-gatherer, standing far back, would not lift up so much as his eyes to heaven, but kept beating his breast and saying, "'O God be merciful to me, the sinner!' "I tell you that this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one who exalts himself shall be humbled; but he who humbles himself shall be exalted."
But Jesus called for the babies. "Let the little children come to me," he said, "do not hinder them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
So he said: "A certain nobleman went abroad to receive for himself royal power and to return. "And he summoned ten slaves of his, and gave them ten pounds, and said to them, "'Trade with these until I come.' read more. "But this fellow citizens hated him, and sent a deputation after him to say, 'We do not wish this man to become our king.' "And upon his return after he had secured the royal power, he ordered the slaves to whom he had given the money to be called in, so that he might know what they had gained by trading. "And the first came before him, saying, 'Master, your pound has made ten pounds.' "And he said to him, 'Well done, good slave! Because you have been faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.' "And the second came and said, 'Master, your pound has made five pounds.' "Then he said to him also, 'You shall be over five cities.' "And the next came to him and said, 'Here master is your pound which I was keeping safe in a napkin. "'For I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take what you did not sow.' "He said to him, "'By your own words I will Judge you, you wicked slave. You knew, did you, that I was a hard man taking up what I did not lay down, reaping what I did not sow. "'Then why did you not put my money into the bank, so that at my coming I might I might have gotten it back with interest?' "Then to those who stood by, he said, 'Take the pounds from him and give it to him who has ten pounds.' "'Master,' they said to him, 'he already has ten pounds.' "'I tell you that to every one who has it shall be given; and from him who has not shall be taken away even what he has. "'Howbeit these enemies of mine who were not willing for me to become their King, bring them here, and slay them in my presence.'"
Jesus kept saying, "Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided his garments among them, casting lots for them,
saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself."
"In solemn truth I tell you that whoever does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, that man is a thief and a robber; "but he who comes in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. read more. "The porter opens the door for him; the sheep listen to his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out.
"The porter opens the door for him; the sheep listen to his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. "When he has brought all his own sheep, he walks before them and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. read more. "But a stranger they will not follow, but flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers." Jesus told them this parable, but they did not understand what he was talking about; so he said to them again. "In solemn truth I tell you that I am the Door of the sheep. "All that came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.
"I am the vine, and my Father the vine-grower. "He cuts back any of my branches that bear no fruit, and prunes every fruit-bearing branch, that it may bear more. read more. "Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken to you. "Abide in me, and I in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself except it abide in the vine, no more can you, unless you abide in me. "I am the Vine you are the branches. He who abides in me and I in him, bears abundant fruit; because apart from me you can do nothing. "If any one does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers. Such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire and burned. "If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever your will is, and it shall be yours. "By this is my Father glorified, by your bearing abundant fruit, and so being my disciples.
"I have told you these things in figures; but the time is coming when I shall no longer speak in figures, but will tell you about the Father in plain words.
"I have told you these things in figures; but the time is coming when I shall no longer speak in figures, but will tell you about the Father in plain words.
Jesus answered him. "My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants have fought hard that I should not be handed the Jews; but in reality my kingdom is not of such origins."
But God gives proof of his love to us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
This is a parable, for the present time, according to which gifts and sacrifices are offered that are not able, as far as conscience is concerned, to perfect the worshiper;
For he accounted God able even to raise from the dead, from whence, figuratively speaking, he did indeed receive him back again.