'Parables' in the Bible
The proverbs (truths obscurely expressed, maxims, and parables) of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
to understand a proverb, and parables, the words and riddles of the wise.
Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?
I spoke through the prophets and granted many visions; I gave parables through the prophets.
And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
Have you understood all these things [parables] taken together? They said to Him, Yes, Lord.
And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.
And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.
And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,
And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?
And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,
When He was alone with the Twelve, those who were around Him asked Him about the parables.
And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it.
And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.
And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
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).
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