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

New Living Translation
“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls.

English Standard Version
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls,

Berean Study Bible
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls.

Berean Literal Bible
Again, the kingdom of the heavens is like a merchant seeking fine pearls.

New American Standard Bible
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls,

King James Bible
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:

Christian Standard Bible
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls.

Contemporary English Version
The kingdom of heaven is like what happens when a shop owner is looking for fine pearls.

Good News Translation
"Also, the Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man is looking for fine pearls,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls.

International Standard Version
"Again, the kingdom from heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls.

NET Bible
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls.

New Heart English Bible
"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a merchant seeking fine pearls,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But again the Kingdom of Heaven is likened to the merchant man who was searching for precious pearls.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Also, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant who was searching for fine pearls.

New American Standard 1977
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Again, the kingdom of the heavens is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls,

King James 2000 Bible
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking fine pearls:

American King James Version
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:

American Standard Version
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a merchant seeking goodly pearls:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Again the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant seeking good pearls.

Darby Bible Translation
Again, the kingdom of the heavens is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls;

English Revised Version
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a merchant seeking goodly pearls:

Webster's Bible Translation
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking goodly pearls:

Weymouth New Testament
"Again the Kingdom of the Heavens is like a jewel merchant who is in quest of choice pearls.

World English Bible
"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a merchant seeking fine pearls,

Young's Literal Translation
'Again, the reign of the heavens is like to a man, a merchant, seeking goodly pearls,
Study Bible
The Parables of the Treasure and Pearl
44The 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. 45Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. 46When he found one very precious pearl, he went away and sold all he had and bought it.…
Cross References
Matthew 7:6
Do not give dogs what is holy; do not throw your pearls before swine. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

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

Treasury of Scripture

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:

like.

Matthew 16:26
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Matthew 22:5
But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:

Proverbs 3:13-18
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding…

seeking.

Job 28:18
No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.

Psalm 4:6,7
There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us…

Psalm 39:6,7
Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them…







Lexicon
Again,
Πάλιν (Palin)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3825: Probably from the same as pale; anew, i.e. back, once more, or furthermore or on the other hand.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

kingdom
βασιλεία (basileia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 932: From basileus; properly, royalty, i.e. rule, or a realm.

of
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

heaven
οὐρανῶν (ouranōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3772: Perhaps from the same as oros; the sky; by extension, heaven; by implication, happiness, power, eternity; specially, the Gospel.

is
ἐστὶν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

like
ὁμοία (homoia)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3664: Like, similar to, resembling, of equal rank. From the base of homou; similar.

a merchant
ἐμπόρῳ (emporō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1713: A merchant, trader; one on a journey. From en and the base of poreuomai; a tradesman.

in search of
ζητοῦντι (zētounti)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2212: To seek, search for, desire, require, demand. Of uncertain affinity; to seek; specially, to worship, or to plot.

fine
καλοὺς (kalous)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2570: Properly, beautiful, but chiefly good, i.e. Valuable or virtuous.

pearls.
μαργαρίτας (margaritas)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3135: A pearl. From margaros; a pearl.
(45) Like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls.--Here again the illustration would commend itself to the thoughts of the fishermen of Galilee. The caprices of luxury in the Roman empire had given a prominence to pearls, as an article of commerce, which they had never had before, and have probably never had since. They, rather than emeralds and sapphires, were the typical instance of all costliest adornments (Matthew 7:6; 1Timothy 2:9). The story of Cleopatra, the fact that the opening of a new pearl market was one of the alleged motives which led the Emperor Claudius to invade Britain, are indications of the value that was then set on the "goodly pearls" of the parable. Such a merchant seeking them, either on the shores of the Mediterranean, or as brought by caravans to other traders from the Persian Gulf or the Indian Ocean, must have been a familiar presence to the fishermen of Capernaum. The parable in its spiritual bearing, has, of course, much that is common with the preceding. But there is this marked and suggestive difference. The "search" is presupposed, The man has been seeking the "goodly pearls" of wisdom, holiness, and truth, and has found them in at least some of their lower forms. Then he is led to the higher knowledge of communion with the life of Christ, and for that is content to resign all that he had before prized most highly. Such, in the records of the New Testament, was the history of St. Paul when he counted "all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord" (Philippians 3:8). Such, in after days, was the history of Justin Martyr and Augustine. Such, in our own time, has been that of many noble and true-hearted seekers after truth and holiness. Such will evermore be the history of those who are faithful in a very little, and who, "willing to do the will of God, shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God" (John 7:17).

Verses 45, 46. - The parable of the pearl merchant, Matthew only. Observe in this parable that the merchant is accustomed to deal in pearls, and is searching for good ones, when he meets with one worth more than the others he possesses all put together. If the former parable described one who finds the gospel as it were by chance (e.g. the woman of Samaria), this speaks of one who has long been searching for truth (e.g. Andrew and John, the Ethiopian eunuch). Verse 45. - Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man. Evidently no poor man, but a rich wholesale dealer (ἔμπορος: cf. Revelation 18:23; not κάπηλος, "a retailer;" cf. 2 Corinthians 2:17). Seeking. According to the usual manner of his life. Goodly pearls. He eared nothing about the inferior kinds or specimens. The man aimed high; he got more than he can have thought possible (Matthew 7:7, 8). Origen (Commentary, in loc.; Huet, 1. p. 210) has much curious matter about the different kinds of pearls. 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.
Jump to Previous
Beautiful Choice Fine Goodly Heaven Heavens Jewel Jewels Kingdom Merchant Pearls Quest Reign Search Searching Seeking Trader
Jump to Next
Beautiful Choice Fine Goodly Heaven Heavens Jewel Jewels Kingdom Merchant Pearls Quest Reign Search Searching Seeking Trader
Links
Matthew 13:45 NIV
Matthew 13:45 NLT
Matthew 13:45 ESV
Matthew 13:45 NASB
Matthew 13:45 KJV

Matthew 13:45 Bible Apps
Matthew 13:45 Biblia Paralela
Matthew 13:45 Chinese Bible
Matthew 13:45 French Bible
Matthew 13:45 German Bible

Alphabetical: a Again fine for heaven is kingdom like looking merchant of pearls seeking the

NT Gospels: Matthew 13:45 Again the Kingdom of Heaven is like (Matt. Mat Mt) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
Matthew 13:44
Top of Page
Top of Page