'Kingdom' in the Bible
"Repent," he said, "for the Kingdom of the Heavens is now close at hand."
From that time Jesus began to preach. "Repent," He said, "for the Kingdom of the Heavens is now close at hand."
Then Jesus travelled through all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom, and curing every kind of disease and infirmity among the people.
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for to them belongs the Kingdom of the Heavens.
"Blessed are those who have borne persecution in the cause of Righteousness, for to them belongs the Kingdom of the Heavens.
Whoever therefore breaks one of these least commandments and teaches others to break them, will be called the least in the Kingdom of the Heavens; but whoever practises them and teaches them, he will be acknowledged as great in the Kingdom of the Heavens.
For I assure you that unless your righteousness greatly surpasses that of the Scribes and the Pharisees, you will certainly not find entrance into the Kingdom of the Heavens.
let Thy kingdom come; let Thy will be done, as in Heaven so on earth;
But make His Kingdom and righteousness your chief aim, and then these things shall all be given you in addition.
"Not every one who says to me, 'Master, Master,' will enter the Kingdom of the Heavens, but only those who are obedient to my Father who is in Heaven.
And I tell you that many will come from the east and from the west and will recline at table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom of the Heavens,
while the natural heirs of the Kingdom will be driven out into the darkness outside: there will be the weeping aloud and the gnashing of teeth."
And Jesus continued His circuits through all the towns and the villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom, and curing every kind of disease and infirmity.
And as you go, preach and say, 'The Kingdom of the Heavens is close at hand.'
"I solemnly tell you that among all of woman born no greater has ever been raised up than John the Baptist; yet one who is of lower rank in the Kingdom of the Heavens is greater than he.
But from the time of John the Baptist till now, the Kingdom of the Heavens has been suffering violent assault, and the violent have been seizing it by force.
Knowing their thoughts He said to them, "Every kingdom in which civil war has raged suffers desolation; and every city or house in which there is internal strife will be brought low.
And if Satan is expelling Satan, he has begun to make war on himself: how therefore shall his kingdom last?
But if it is by the power of the Spirit of God that I expel the demons, it is evident that the Kingdom of God has come upon you.
"Because," He replied, "while to you it is granted to know the secrets of the Kingdom of the Heavens, to them it is not.
When a man hears the Message concerning the Kingdom and does not understand it, the Evil one comes and catches away what has been sown in his heart. This is he who has received the seed by the road-side.
Another parable He put before them. "The Kingdom of the Heavens," He said, "may be compared to a man who has sown good seed in his field,
Another parable He put before them. "The Kingdom of the Heavens," He said, "is like a mustard-seed, which a man takes and sows in his ground.
Another parable He spoke to them. "The Kingdom of the Heavens," He said, "is like yeast which a woman takes and buries in a bushel of flour, for it to work there till the whole mass has risen."
the field is the world; the good seed--these are the sons of the Kingdom; the darnel, the sons of the Evil one.
The Son of Man will commission His angels, and they will gather out of His Kingdom all causes of sin and all who violate His laws;
Then will the righteous shine out like the sun in their Father's Kingdom. Listen, every one who has ears!
"The Kingdom of the Heavens is like treasure buried in the open country, which a man finds, but buries again, and, in his joy about it, goes and sells all he has and buys that piece of ground.
"Again the Kingdom of the Heavens is like a jewel merchant who is in quest of choice pearls.
"Again the Kingdom of the Heavens is like a draw-net let down into the sea, which encloses fish of all sorts.
"Therefore," He said, "remember that every Scribe well trained for the Kingdom of the Heavens is like a householder who brings out of his storehouse new things and old."
I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of the Heavens; and whatever you bind on earth shall remain bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall remain loosed in Heaven."
I solemnly tell you that some of those who are standing here will certainly not taste death till they have seen the Son of Man coming in His Kingdom."
Just then the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who ranks higher than others in the Kingdom of the Heavens?"
said, "In solemn truth I tell you that unless you turn and become like little children, you will in no case be admitted into the Kingdom of the Heavens.
Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this young child, he it is who is superior to others in the Kingdom of the Heavens.
"For this reason the Kingdom of the Heavens may be compared to a king who determined to have a settlement of accounts with his servants.
There are men who from their birth have been disabled from marriage, others who have been so disabled by men, and others who have disabled themselves for the sake of the Kingdom of the Heavens. He who is able to receive this, let him receive it."
Jesus however said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them; for it is to those who are childlike that the Kingdom of the Heavens belongs."
So Jesus said to His disciples, "I solemnly tell you that it is with difficulty that a rich man will enter the Kingdom of the Heavens.
Yes, I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God."
"For the Kingdom of the Heavens is like an employer who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard,
"What is it you desire?" He asked. "Command," she replied, "that these my two sons may sit one at your right hand and one at your left in your Kingdom."
Which of the two did as his father desired?" "The first," they said. "I solemnly tell you,' replied Jesus, "that the tax-gatherers and the notorious sinners are entering the Kingdom of God in front of you.
"That, I tell you, is the reason why the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and given to a nation that will exhibit the power of it.
"The Kingdom of the Heavens," He said, "may be compared to a king who celebrated the marriage of his son,
"But alas for you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, for you lock the door of the Kingdom of the Heavens against men; you yourselves do not enter, nor do you allow those to enter who are seeking to do so.
For nation will rise in arms against nation, kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places;
And this Good News of the Kingdom shall be proclaimed throughout the whole world to set the evidence before all the Gentiles; and then the End will come.
"Then will the Kingdom of the Heavens be found to be like ten bridesmaids who took their torches and went out to meet the bridegroom.
"Then the King will say to those at His right, "'Come, my Father's blessed ones, receive your inheritance of the Kingdom which has been divinely intended for you ever since the creation of the world.
I tell you that I will never again take the produce of the vine till that day when I shall drink the new wine with you in my Father's Kingdom."
"The time has fully come," He said, "and the Kingdom of God is close at hand: repent, and believe this Good News.
For if civil war breaks out in a kingdom, nothing can make that kingdom last;
"To you," He replied, "has been entrusted the secret truth concerning the Kingdom of God; but to those others outside your number all this is spoken in figurative language;
Another saying of His was this: "The Kingdom of God is as if a man scattered seed over the ground:
Another saying of His was this: "How are we to picture the Kingdom of God? or by what figure of speech shall we represent it?
He even swore to her, "Whatever you ask me for I will give you, up to half my kingdom."
He went on to say, "In solemn truth I tell you that some of those who are standing here will certainly not taste death till they have seen the Kingdom of God already come in power."
Or if your eye should cause you to sin, tear it out. It would be better for you to enter into the Kingdom of God half-blind than remain in possession of two eyes and be thrown into Gehenna,
Jesus, however, on seeing this, was moved to indignation, and said to them, "Let the little children come to me: do not hinder them; for to those who are childlike the Kingdom of God belongs.
In solemn truth I tell you that no one who does not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will by any possibility enter it."
Then looking round on His disciples Jesus said, "With how hard a struggle will the possessors of riches enter the Kingdom of God!"
The disciples were amazed at His words. Jesus, however, said again, "Children, how hard a struggle is it for those who trust in riches to enter the Kingdom of God!
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God."
Blessings on the coming Kingdom of our forefather David! God in the highest Heavens save Him!"
Perceiving that the Scribe had answered wisely Jesus said to him, "You are not far from the Kingdom of God." No one from that time forward ventured to put any question to Him.
For nation will rise in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These miseries are but like the early pains of childbirth.
I solemnly tell you that never again will I taste the produce of the vine till I shall drink the new wine in the Kingdom of God."
Joseph of Arimathaea came, a highly respected member of the Council, who himself also was living in expectation of the Kingdom of God. He summoned up courage to go in to see Pilate and beg for the body of Jesus.
and He will be King over the House of Jacob for the Ages, and of His Kingdom there will be no end."
But He said to them, "I have to tell the Good News of the Kingdom of God to the other towns also, because for this purpose I was sent."
Then fixing His eyes upon His disciples, Jesus said to them, "Blessed are you poor, because the Kingdom of God is yours.
"I tell you that among all of women born there is not one greater than John. Yet one who is of lower rank in the Kingdom of God is greater than he.
Shortly after this He visited town after town, and village after village, proclaiming His Message and telling the Good News of the Kingdom of God. The Twelve were with Him,
"To you," He replied, "it is granted to know the secrets of the Kingdom of God; but all others are taught by parables, in order that they may see and yet not see, and may hear and yet not understand.
and sent them out to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to cure the sick.
But the immense crowd, aware of this, followed Him; and receiving them kindly He proceeded to speak to them of the Kingdom of God, and those who needed to be restored to health, He cured.
I tell you truly that there are some of those who stand here who will certainly not taste death till they have seen the Kingdom of God."
"Leave the dead," Jesus rejoined, "to bury their own dead; but you must go and announce far and wide the coming of the Kingdom of God."
Jesus answered him, "No one who has put his hand to the plough, and then looks behind him, is fit for the Kingdom of God.
Cure the sick in that town, and tell them, "'The Kingdom of God is now at your door.'
"'The very dust of your town that hangs about us we wipe off as a protest. Only be sure of this, that the Kingdom of God is close at hand.'
So He said to them, "When you pray, say, 'Father may Thy name be kept holy; let Thy Kingdom come;
And, knowing their thoughts, He said to them, "Every kingdom in which civil war rages goes to ruin: family attacks family and is overthrown.
And if Satan really has engaged in fierce conflict with himself, how shall his kingdom stand?--because you say that I expel demons by the power of Baal-zebul.
But if it is by the power of God that I drive out the demons, it is evident that the Kingdom of God has come upon you.
But make His Kingdom the object of your pursuit, and these things shall be given you in addition.
"Dismiss your fears, little flock: your Father finds a pleasure in giving you the Kingdom.
This prompted Him to say, "What is the Kingdom of God like? and to what shall I compare it?
And again He said, "To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God?
"There will be the weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the Prophets in the Kingdom of God, and yourselves being driven far away.
They will come from east and west, from north and south, and will sit down at the banquet in the Kingdom of God.
After listening to this teaching, one of His fellow guests said to Him, "Blessed is he who shall feast in God's Kingdom."
The Law and the Prophets continued until John came: from that time the Good News of the Kingdom of God has been spreading, and all classes have been forcing their way into it.
Being asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God was coming, He answered, "The Kingdom of God does not so come that you can stealthily watch for it.
Nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' --for the Kingdom of God is within you."
Jesus however called the infants to Him. "Let the little children come to me," He said; "do not hinder them; for it is to those who are childlike that the Kingdom of God belongs.
I tell you in solemn truth that, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will certainly not enter it."
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