Matthew 13:46
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New International Version
When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

New Living Translation
When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!

English Standard Version
who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

New American Standard Bible
and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

King James Bible
Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When he found one priceless pearl, he went and sold everything he had, and bought it.

International Standard Version
When he found a very valuable pearl, he went and sold everything he had and bought it."

NET Bible
When he found a pearl of great value, he went out and sold everything he had and bought it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But when he found a certain obviously valuable pearl, he went and sold everything he had and bought it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When he found a valuable pearl, he went away, sold everything he had, and bought it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

King James 2000 Bible
Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

American King James Version
Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

American Standard Version
and having found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who when he had found one pearl of great price, went his way, and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Darby Bible Translation
and having found one pearl of great value, he went and sold all whatever he had and bought it.

English Revised Version
and having found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Weymouth New Testament
He finds one most costly pearl; he goes away; and though it costs all he has, he buys it.

World English Bible
who having found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Young's Literal Translation
who having found one pearl of great price, having gone away, hath sold all, as much as he had, and bought it.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:44-52 Here are four parables. 1. That of the treasure hid in the field. Many slight the gospel, because they look only upon the surface of the field. But all who search the Scriptures, so as in them to find Christ and eternal life, Joh 5:39, will discover such treasure in this field as makes it unspeakably valuable; they make it their own upon any terms. Though nothing can be given as a price for this salvation, yet much must be given up for the sake of it. 2. All the children of men are busy; one would be rich, another would be honourable, another would be learned; but most are deceived, and take up with counterfeits for pearls. Jesus Christ is a Pearl of great price; in having him, we have enough to make us happy here and for ever. A man may buy gold too dear, but not this Pearl of great price. When the convinced sinner sees Christ as the gracious Saviour, all things else become worthless to his thoughts. 3. The world is a vast sea, and men, in their natural state, are like the fishes. Preaching the gospel is casting a net into this sea, to catch something out of it, for His glory who has the sovereignty of this sea. Hypocrites and true Christians shall be parted: miserable is the condition of those that shall then be cast away. 4. A skilful, faithful minister of the gospel, is a scribe, well versed in the things of the gospel, and able to teach them. Christ compares him to a good householder, who brings forth fruits of last year's growth and this year's gathering, abundance and variety, to entertain his friends. Old experiences and new observations, all have their use. Our place is at Christ's feet, and we must daily learn old lessons over again, and new ones also.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 46. - Who, when he had found (and having found, Revised Version? εὑρὼν δέ) one pearl of great price (Job 28:18, Revised Version margin, one); hardly the indefinite article (cf. Matthew 8:19, note). Chrysostom's comment is, Μία γάρ ἐστιν ἡ ἀλήθεια καὶ οὐ πολυσχισής. Went (ἀπελθών); i.e. some distance, for he might well have to go much further than the man in the preceding parable (ὑπάγει). Went (aorist)... sold (perfect) ... bought (aorist). He starts without delay; he sells irrevocably; he purchases at once (cf. ver. 44). And sold all that he had, and bought it. All. Genuine here. It may have been a great deal as worldly wealth is reckoned. Thus Saul of Tarsus acted (Philippians 3:7, 8), and Moses (Hebrews 11:26).

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

46. Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it—The one pearl of great price, instead of being found by accident, as in the former case, is found by one whose business it is to seek for such, and who finds it just in the way of searching for such treasures. But in both cases the surpassing value of the treasure is alike recognized, and in both all is parted with for it.

The Good and Bad Fish (Mt 13:47-50).

The object of this brief parable is the same as that of the Tares and Wheat. But as its details are fewer, so its teaching is less rich and varied.

Matthew 13:46 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parables of the Treasure and Pearl
45"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, 46and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Cross References
Matthew 13:44
"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

Matthew 13:45
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.

Matthew 13:47
"Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish.

Revelation 18:12
cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble;
Treasury of Scripture

Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

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Proverbs 2:4 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures;

Isaiah 33:6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of your times, and …

1 Corinthians 3:21-23 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours…

Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given…

Colossians 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

1 John 5:11,12 And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and …

Revelation 21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of …

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Mark 10:28-31 Then Peter began to say to him, See, we have left all, and have followed you…

Luke 18:28-30 Then Peter said, See, we have left all, and followed you…

Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear to …

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