Luke 13:18
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New International Version
Then Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to?

New Living Translation
Then Jesus said, "What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it?

English Standard Version
He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it?

Berean Study Bible
Then Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it?

Berean Literal Bible
And He was saying, "To what is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I liken it?

New American Standard Bible
So He was saying, "What is the kingdom of God like, and to what shall I compare it?

King James Bible
Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He said, therefore, "What is the kingdom of God like, and what can I compare it to?

International Standard Version
So Jesus went on to say, "What is the kingdom of God like? What can I compare it to?

NET Bible
Thus Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God like? To what should I compare it?

New Heart English Bible
Then he said, "What is the Kingdom of God like? And to what can I compare it?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But Yeshua said, “What is the Kingdom of God like and to what shall I compare it?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God like? What can I compare it to?

New American Standard 1977
Therefore He was saying, “What is the kingdom of God like, and to what shall I compare it?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and unto what shall I compare it?

King James 2000 Bible
Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and to what shall I compare it?

American King James Version
Then said he, To what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it?

American Standard Version
He said therefore, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I liken it?

Douay-Rheims Bible
He said therefore: To what is the kingdom of God like, and whereunto shall I resemble it?

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, To what is the kingdom of God like? and to what shall I liken it?

English Revised Version
He said therefore, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I liken it?

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said he, To what is the kingdom of God like? and to what shall I resemble it?

Weymouth New Testament
This prompted Him to say, "What is the Kingdom of God like? and to what shall I compare it?

World English Bible
He said, "What is the Kingdom of God like? To what shall I compare it?

Young's Literal Translation
And he said, 'To what is the reign of God like? and to what shall I liken it?
Study Bible
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
17When Jesus said this, all His adversaries were humiliated. And the whole crowd rejoiced at all the glorious things He was doing. 18Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? 19It is like a mustard seed that a man tossed into his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”…
Cross References
Matthew 13:24
Jesus presented another parable to them: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.

Matthew 13:31
Jesus put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man planted in his field.

Matthew 13:32
Although it is the smallest of all seeds, yet it grows into the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches."

Mark 4:30
Then He asked, "To what can we compare the kingdom of God? With what parable shall we present it?

Luke 13:20
Again He asked, "To what can I compare the kingdom of God?
Treasury of Scripture

Then said he, To what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it?

Unto.

Luke 13:20 And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God?

Luke 7:31 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? …

Lamentations 2:13 What thing shall I take to witness for you? what thing shall I liken …

Matthew 13:31 Another parable put he forth to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven …

the kingdom.

Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, See here! or, see there! for, behold, the …

Mark 4:26,30 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed …

(18-21) Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like?--See Notes on Matthew 13:31-33. The first impression with most readers, in the absence of any apparent trace of sequence, is that we have an isolated fragment of our Lord's teaching, torn from the context in which we find it in St. Matthew. On the other hand, we must remember (1) that our Lord was in the synagogue, and it was on the Sabbath day, and that so both time and place called for teaching of some kind; and (2) that the parables that follow may well be regarded but as samples of the teaching which those who were in the synagogue had treasured up in their memories. They were fit and edifying parables at any time; not least so, assuredly, at this. When proof had been given that the Kingdom of God had indeed come nigh unto men, it was well to set before them something as to its nature, its extent, its mode of working inwardly and outwardly; and the fact that the similitudes which did this had been used before, did not necessarily make them inapplicable or unprofitable when used again.

Verses 18-21. - The Lord, is two little prophetic parables tells the people how strangely and mightily his religion would spread over the earth. Verse 18. - Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it? In the seventeenth verse - after the Lord's words spoken to his enemies, who took exception at his miracle of healing worked for the poor woman who had been bent for eighteen years, because he had done it on the sabbath day - we read how "all his adversaries were ashamed; and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him." This discomfiture of the hypocrites, and the honest joy of the simple folk over a noble and Divine deed of mercy, accompanied by brave, kind words, seem to have suggested to the Master the subject of the two little parables of the mustard seed and the leaven, in which parables the growth of his glorious kingdom was foreshadowed from very small beginnings. The very small beginning he could discern in what then surrounded him. Then said he, unto what is the kingdom of God like?.... The same with the kingdom of heaven, in Matthew 13:31 and so the Ethiopic version reads it here, "and whereunto shall I resemble it?" of this way of speaking; see Gill on Mark 4:30. Lu 13:18-30. Miscellaneous Teachings.

18-21. mustard seed … leaven—(See on [1657]Mr 4:30-32). The parable of "the Leaven" sets forth, perhaps, rather the inward growth of the kingdom, while "the Mustard Seed" seems to point chiefly to the outward. It being a woman's work to knead, it seems a refinement to say that "the woman" here represents the Church, as the instrument of depositing the leaven. Nor does it yield much satisfaction to understand the "three measures of meal" of that threefold division of our nature into "spirit, soul, and body," (alluded to in 1Th 5:23) or of the threefold partition of the world among the three sons of Noah (Ge 10:32), as some do. It yields more real satisfaction to see in this brief parable just the all-penetrating and assimilating quality of the Gospel, by virtue of which it will yet mould all institutions and tribes of men, and exhibit over the whole earth one "Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ." (See on [1658]Re 11:15).13:18-22 Here is the progress of the gospel foretold in two parables, as in Mt 13. The kingdom of the Messiah is the kingdom of God. May grace grow in our hearts; may our faith and love grow exceedingly, so as to give undoubted evidence of their reality. May the example of God's saints be blessed to those among whom they live; and may his grace flow from heart to heart, until the little one becomes a thousand.
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