Matthew 13:48
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New International Version
When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away.

New Living Translation
When the net was full, they dragged it up onto the shore, sat down, and sorted the good fish into crates, but threw the bad ones away.

English Standard Version
When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad.

Berean Study Bible
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.

Berean Literal Bible
which when it was filled, they having drawn it up on the shore and having sat down, collected the good into vessels, and they cast out the bad.

New American Standard Bible
and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away.

King James Bible
Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and when it was full, they dragged it ashore, sat down, and gathered the good fish into containers, but threw out the worthless ones.

International Standard Version
When it was full, the fishermen hauled it ashore. Then they sat down, sorted the good fish into containers, and threw the bad ones away.

NET Bible
When it was full, they pulled it ashore, sat down, and put the good fish into containers and threw the bad away.

New Heart English Bible
which, when it was filled, they drew up on the beach. They sat down, and gathered the good into containers, but the bad they threw away.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But when it was full they brought it up to the seashore, and they sat and selected out and they placed the good in vessels and the bad they threw out.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When it was full, they pulled it to the shore. Then they sat down, gathered the good fish into containers, and threw the bad ones away.

New American Standard 1977
and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they sat down, and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away.

Jubilee Bible 2000
which, when it was full, they drew to shore and sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.

King James 2000 Bible
Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.

American King James Version
Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.

American Standard Version
which, when it was filled, they drew up on the beach; and they sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but the bad they cast away.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Which, when it was filled, they drew out, and sitting by the shore, they chose out the good into vessels, but the bad they cast forth.

Darby Bible Translation
which, when it has been filled, having drawn up on the shore and sat down, they gathered the good into vessels and cast the worthless out.

English Revised Version
which, when it was filled, they drew up on the beach; and they sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but the bad they cast away.

Webster's Bible Translation
Which, when it was full, they drew to the shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast away the bad.

Weymouth New Testament
When full, they haul it up on the beach, and sit down and collect the good fish in baskets, while the worthless they throw away.

World English Bible
which, when it was filled, they drew up on the beach. They sat down, and gathered the good into containers, but the bad they threw away.

Young's Literal Translation
which, when it was filled, having drawn up again upon the beach, and having sat down, they gathered the good into vessels, and the bad they did cast out,
Study Bible
The Parable of the Net
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. 49So will it be at the end of the age: The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous,…
Cross References
Matthew 4:18
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.

Matthew 13:47
Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and caught fish of every kind.

Matthew 13:49
So will it be at the end of the age: The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous,
Treasury of Scripture

Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.

and gathered.

Matthew 13:30,40-43 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest …

Matthew 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, …

Verse 48. - Which, when it was full; filled (Revised Version, ἐπληρώθη); i.e. not as a matter of course, but by those that came or were brought in. They drew to shore. The Revised Version reproduces the local touch, they drew up on the beach (ver. 2, note). In the parable those who cast the net also separate the fish, but this identification of two distinct sets of persons (vers. 24, 30, 37, 41) is merely part of the machinery of the story (cf. ver. 25). And sat down. How true to life. Perhaps it "intimates the thoughtful care with which the work of separation is performed" (Goebel). And gathered (συνέλεξαν); ver. 30, note. The good. Corresponding to their proper nature also in appearance (τὰ καλά: cf. Matthew 7:17, note). Into vessels, but cast the bad (τὰ δὲ σαπρά); Matthew 7:17, 18, notes; Matthew 12:33. Not to be pressed to mean "corrupt, dead fish, in a state of rottenness" (Goebel), for surely fishermen seldom get many of these, but simply the worthless, the unfit for use. This would include the legally unclean. Tristram writes," The greater number of the species taken on the lake are rejected by the fishermen, and I have sat with them on the gunwale while they went through their net, and threw out into the sea those that were too small for the market or were considered unclean" ('Nat. Hist. of Bible,' p. 291, edit. 1889). Away (ἔξω ἔβαλον). Compare, for both language and thought, the treatment of the salt that has lost its savour (Matthew 5:13). Which when, it was full,.... As the Gospel, and the Gospel church state may be said to be, when all the ends of the preaching of the word are answered; when all are called by the one, and into the other, that were designed to be called; when the fulness of the Gentiles shall be brought in, and all Israel shall be saved,

They drew to the shore; which will be done, when the end of the world comes; then will an end be put to the Gospel ministry, the net will be drawn to shore; the preaching of the Gospel will cease, and no more use be made of it:

and sat down; the ministers of the word having done their work, enter into the joy of their Lord, and rest from their labours:

and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away; as fishermen used to do; though this last office seems, by the application of the parable, to be what will be performed by angels; who, as many as they find to have a good work of grace wrought and finished in their souls, they will gather into Christ's barn, into the everlasting habitations, the mansions in Christ's Father's house, he is gone to prepare: but as for the bad, who shall appear to be destitute of the grace of God, and righteousness of Christ, notwithstanding their profession of religion, they shall be rejected, as good for nothing, and shall be cast into the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. 48. Which, when it was full, they drew to shore—for the separation will not be made till the number of the elect is accomplished.

and sat down—expressing the deliberateness with which the judicial separation will at length be made.

and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away—literally, "the rotten," but here meaning, "the foul" or "worthless" fish: corresponding to the "tares" of the other parable.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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