23 Bible Verses about

Jesus Using Parables

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Matthew 13:3

And He told them many things in parables (stories by way of illustration and comparison), saying, A sower went out to sow.

Mark 4:2

And He taught them many things in parables (illustrations or comparisons put beside truths to explain them), and in His teaching He said to them:

Mark 12:1

And [Jesus] started to speak to them in parables [with comparisons and illustrations]. A man planted a vineyard and put a hedge around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower and let it out [for rent] to vinedressers and went into another country.

Matthew 22:1

And again Jesus spoke to them in parables (comparisons, stories used to illustrate and explain), saying,

Mark 3:23

And He summoned them to Him and said to them in parables (illustrations or comparisons put beside truths to explain them), How can Satan drive out Satan?

Mark 4:33

With many such parables [Jesus] spoke the Word to them, as they were able to hear and to comprehend and understand.

Matthew 13:34

These things all taken together Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, without a parable He said nothing to them.

Matthew 13:13

This is the reason that I speak to them in parables: because having the power of seeing, they do not see; and having the power of hearing, they do not hear, nor do they grasp and understand.

Mark 4:34

He did not tell them anything without a parable; but privately to His disciples ( those who were peculiarly His own) He explained everything [fully].

Matthew 13:10-13

Then the disciples came to Him and said, Why do You speak to them in parables? And He replied to them, To you it has been given to know the secrets and mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has [spiritual knowledge], to him will more be given and he will be furnished richly so that he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. read more.
This is the reason that I speak to them in parables: because having the power of seeing, they do not see; and having the power of hearing, they do not hear, nor do they grasp and understand.

Mark 4:11

And He said to them, To you has been entrusted the mystery of the kingdom of God [that is, the secret counsels of God which are hidden from the ungodly]; but for those outside [ of our circle] everything becomes a parable,

Luke 8:10

He said to them, To you it has been given to [come progressively to] know (to recognize and understand more strongly and clearly) the mysteries and secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that, [though] looking, they may not see; and hearing, they may not comprehend.

John 16:25

I have told you these things in parables (veiled language, allegories, dark sayings); the hour is now coming when I shall no longer speak to you in figures of speech, but I shall tell you about the Father in plain words and openly (without reserve).

John 10:6

Jesus used this parable (illustration) with them, but they did not understand what He was talking about.

Matthew 13:53

When Jesus had finished these parables (these comparisons), He left there.

Mark 4:30

And He said, With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use to illustrate and explain it?

Matthew 15:15

But Peter said to Him, Explain this proverb (this maxim) to us.

Mark 4:10

And as soon as He was alone, those who were around Him, with the Twelve [apostles], began to ask Him about the parables.

Mark 4:13

And He said to them, Do you not discern and understand this parable? How then is it possible for you to discern and understand all the parables?

Luke 12:41

Peter said, Lord, are You telling this parable for us, or for all alike?

Matthew 21:45

And when the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables (comparisons, stories used to illustrate and explain), they perceived that He was talking about them.

Mark 12:12

And they were trying to get hold of Him, but they were afraid of the people, for they knew that He spoke this parable with reference to and against them. So they left Him and departed.

Luke 20:19

The scribes and the chief priests desired and tried to find a way to arrest Him at that very hour, but they were afraid of the people; for they discerned that He had related this parable against them.

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