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?

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?

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?

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?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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).

Luke 13:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
18So He was saying, "What is the kingdom of God like, and to what shall I compare it? 19"It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and threw into his own garden; and it grew and became a tree, and THE BIRDS OF THE AIR NESTED IN ITS BRANCHES."
Cross References
Matthew 13:24
Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.

Matthew 13:31
He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.

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

Mark 4:30
Again he said, "What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it?

Luke 13:20
Again he asked, "What shall I compare the kingdom of God to?
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 …

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