THE PARABLES OF CHRIST
LUKE CHAPTER 12VERSE, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
16) And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest.
17) He thought to himself. What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.
18) “Then he said. This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.
19) And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy: eat, drink and be merry.”
20) “But God said to him. You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?
21) “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
LUKE CHAPTER 16
VERSE, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
19) “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.
20) At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores
21) And longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22) “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried.
23) In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.
LUKE CHAPTER 13
VERSE, 6, 7, 8, 9
6) Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any.
7) So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard. For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?
8) “Sir, the man replied, leaves it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it.
9) If it bears fruit next year, fine! Then cut it down.”
MARK CHAPTER 7
VERSE, 17, 18, 19
17) After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable.
18) “Are you so dull? He asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them?
19) For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.”
MARK CHAPTER 4
VERSE, 10, 11, 12
10) When he was alone, the twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables.
11) He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables
12) So that, they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding: otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!”
LUKE CHAPTER 19
VERSE, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
13) So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. Put this money to work, he said, until I come back.
14) “But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say. We don’t want this man to be our king.”
15) “He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.
16) “The first one came and said. Sir, your mina has earned ten more.
17) “Well done, my good servant!...
MATTHEW CHAPTER 18
VERSE, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
23) “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
24) As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him.
25) Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
26) “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. Be patient with me, he begged, and I will pay back everything.
27) The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
LUKE CHAPTER 14
VERSE, 7, 8, 9, 10
7) When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable:
8) “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited.
9) If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you. Give this person your seat. Then humiliated, you will have to take the least important place.
10) But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, Friend, move up to a better place. Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests.
LUKE CHAPTER 15
VERSE, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
2) But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3) The Jesus told them this parable:
4) “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?
5) And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders.
6) And goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says. Rejoice with me: I have found my lost sheep.
7) I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
2 SAMUEL CHAPTER 12
VERSE, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
2) The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle,
3) But the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.
4) “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”
5) David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan. “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die!
6) He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”
JUDGES CHAPTER 9
VERSE, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19
7) When Jotham was told about this, he climbed up on the top of Mount Gerizim and shouted to them. “Listen to me, citizens of Shechem, so that God may listen to you.
8) One day the trees went out to anoint a king for themselves. They said to the olive tree. Be our King.
9) “But the olive tree answered. Should I give up my oil, by which both gods and humans are honored, to hold sway over the trees?
10) “Next, the trees said to the fig tree. Come and be our king.
11) “But the fig tree replied. Should I give up my fruit, so good and sweet, to hold sway over the trees?
12)”Then the trees said to the vine. Come and be our King.
13) “But the vine answered. Should I give up my wine, which cheers both gods and humans, to hold sway over the trees?
14) “Finally all the trees said to the thornbush. Come and be our king.
15) “The thornbush said to the trees. If you really want to anoint me King over you, come and take refuge in my shade: but if not, then let fire come out of the thornbush and consume the cedars of Lebanon!
19) So have you acted honorably and in good faith toward Jerub-baal and his family today? If you have, may Abimelek be your joy, and may you be his too!
2 SAMUEL CHAPTER 14
VERSE, 1, 2, 3
1) Joab son of Zeruiah knew that the king’s heart longed for Absalom.
2) So Joab sent someone to Tekoa and had a wise woman brought from there. He said to her. “Pretend you are in mourning. Dress in mourning clothes, and don’t use any cosmetic lotions. Act like a woman who has spent many days grieving for the dead.
3) Then go to the king and speak these words to him.”And Joab put the words in her mouth.
PROVERBS CHAPTER 1
VERSE, 5, 6, 7
5) Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.
6) For understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
7) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
JOHN CHAPTER 2
VERSE, 18, 19
18) The Jews then responded to him. “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?
19) Jesus answered them. Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”