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

New Living Translation
"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a fishing net that was thrown into the water and caught fish of every kind.

English Standard Version
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind.

Berean Study Bible
Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and caught fish of every kind.

Berean Literal Bible
Again, the kingdom of the heavens is like a dragnet having been cast into the sea, and having gathered together of every kind,

New American Standard Bible
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind;

King James Bible
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a large net thrown into the sea. It collected every kind of fish,

International Standard Version
"Again, the kingdom from heaven is like a large net thrown into the sea that gathered all kinds of fish.

NET Bible
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was cast into the sea that caught all kinds of fish.

New Heart English Bible
"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet, that was cast into the sea, and gathered some fish of every kind,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Again the Kingdom of Heaven is like a net that was cast into the sea, and it collected from every kind.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Also, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea. It gathered all kinds of fish.

New American Standard 1977
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Again, the kingdom of the heavens is like unto a net that was cast into the sea and gathered of every kind of fish,

King James 2000 Bible
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:

American King James Version
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:

American Standard Version
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Again the kingdom of heaven is like to a net cast into the sea, and gathering together of all kind of fishes.

Darby Bible Translation
Again, the kingdom of the heavens is like a seine which has been cast into the sea, and which has gathered together of every kind,

English Revised Version
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:

Webster's Bible Translation
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:

Weymouth New Testament
"Again the Kingdom of the Heavens is like a draw-net let down into the sea, which encloses fish of all sorts.

World English Bible
"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet, that was cast into the sea, and gathered some fish of every kind,

Young's Literal Translation
'Again, the reign of the heavens is like to a net that was cast into the sea, and did gather together of every kind,
Study Bible
The Parable of the Net
46When he found one very precious pearl, he went away and sold all he had and bought it. 47Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and caught fish of every kind. 48When it was full, the men pulled it ashore. Then they sat down and sorted the good fish into containers, but threw the bad away.…
Cross References
Ezekiel 47:10
"And it will come about that fishermen will stand beside it; from Engedi to Eneglaim there will be a place for the spreading of nets. Their fish will be according to their kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea, very many.

Matthew 13:44
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and in his joy he went and sold all he had and bought that field.

Matthew 13:46
When he found one very precious pearl, he went away and sold all he had and bought it.

Matthew 13:48
When it was full, the men pulled it ashore. Then they sat down and sorted the good fish into containers, but threw the bad away.
Treasury of Scripture

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:

a net.

Matthew 4:19 And he said to them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Mark 1:17 And Jesus said to them, Come you after me, and I will make you to …

Luke 5:10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were …

and gathered.

Matthew 13:26-30 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared …

Matthew 22:9,10 Go you therefore into the highways, and as many as you shall find, …

Matthew 25:1-4 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, which …

Luke 14:21-23 So that servant came, and showed his lord these things. Then the …

John 15:2,6 Every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away: and every …

Acts 5:1-10 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession…

Acts 8:18-22 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands …

Acts 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, …

1 Corinthians 5:1-6 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and …

1 Corinthians 10:1-12 Moreover, brothers, I would not that you should be ignorant, how …

1 Corinthians 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved …

2 Corinthians 11:13-15,26 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves …

2 Corinthians 12:20,21 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, …

Galatians 2:4 And that because of false brothers unawares brought in, who came …

2 Timothy 3:2-5 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, …

2 Timothy 4:3,4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; …

Titus 1:9-11 Holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may …

2 Peter 2:1-3,13-22 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there …

1 John 2:18,19 Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that …

1 John 4:1-6 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they …

Jude 1:4,5 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old …

Revelation 3:1,15-17 And to the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things said …

(47) The kingdom of heaven is like unto a net.--The net in this case is not the hand-net of Matthew 4:18, but the sagen, or great drag-net, which drew in a larger haul of fishes. The day's teaching in the method of parables ends, as it were, in an easy lesson, which the former experience of the disciples would enable them to understand. Still, as in the parable of the Tares, the main thoughts are, (1) the mingling of the evil with the good in the visible kingdom of Christ on earth, and (2) the ultimate separation of the two, that each may receive according to the divine law of retribution. Here, as there, the parable perforce passes over the fact that in the actual work of the kingdom the very casting of the net may change, and is meant to change, the nature of the fish that are taken in its meshes, and, therefore, that those that remain "bad" are so in the end by the result of their own will.

Verses 47-50. - The parable of the dragnet. This parable at once recalls that of the tares, but it will be noticed that there our Lord's aim is to inculcate patience and hopefulness on the part of his servants when they realize the close proximity of the ungodly even in districts won over to the faith, while here his aim is rather to warn. To be in the kingdom is not enough; some of those now within it may nevertheless be cast out. It thus greatly resembles the parable of the ten virgins; save that in that parable greater stress is laid on personal preparation and continued watchfulness; in this, on personal worth. Verse 47. - Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net (σαγήνῃ: Matthew 4:18, note), that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind. (For the thought, cf. Matthew 22:10; and for the word, συνάγειν, ver. 30, note.) Again the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net,.... By which also is meant, the Gospel, and the ministry of it. This may be compared to a net, for its meanness in the esteem of men; being despicable, and of no account in the eyes of the world: and yet like a net, a piece of curious artifice and workmanship, being the produce of the grace of God; in which his manifold wisdom is displayed, and is what angels desire to look into: it is designed, and purposely contrived, for the gathering in of sinners to Christ, and to his churches, though by accident, it has other uses; such as troubling of the world, as the net does the waters of the sea, and drawing out the corruptions of the men of it, as that does weeds, stones, &c. and which, like a net, can do nothing of itself, unless cast; and not then neither, unless succeeded with a divine blessing:

that was cast into the sea; by "the sea" is meant the world, so called, for the storms and tempests of afflictions, and persecutions the saints meet with, and for the continual troubles that are in it; for the restlessness and instability of all things therein; for the dangers of it; and for its being the proper place and element of fishes, as the world is to the men of it. The casting of it into the sea, designs the opening of the Gospel, and the unfolding the mysteries of it, and the preaching it in all the world; and supposes persons qualified for it; such were the patriarchs and prophets under the Old Testament; and particularly Christ, John the Baptist, and the Apostles of Christ, and succeeding ministers under the New Testament; and requires art, skill, and wisdom, might and strength, industry, diligence, and patience; and which is done at a venture, whether there are fish or not; and sometimes succeeds, and sometimes not:

and gathered of every kind; the Persic version adds, "of animals"; but much more agreeably Munster's Hebrew Gospel, and the Vulgate Latin, add, "of fishes"; and so some copies read. The preaching of the Gospel, is the means of gathering souls to Christ, and into his churches; and those that are gathered into a visible Gospel church state, are of every kind, of all nations in the world; Jews and Gentiles: of all ranks and degrees of men, high and low, rich and poor, bond and free; of all sorts of sinners, and of men good and bad; some who have the truth of grace in them, and others that are only hypocrites: profess in words, and deny in works; have nothing more than a form of godliness, and name to live, and are dead. 47. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind—The word here rendered "net" signifies a large drag-net, which draws everything after it, suffering nothing to escape, as distinguished from a casting-net (Mr 1:16, 18). The far-reaching efficacy of the Gospel is thus denoted. This Gospel net "gathered of every kind," meaning every variety of character.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.
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