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.
King James Bible
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
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,
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,
Matthew 13:47 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Is like unto a net - A drag-net. This is the proper meaning of Σαγηνη, which the Latins translate verriculum, a sweep net; Quod in aquam jacitur ad pisces comprehendendos; imprimis, cujus usus est extrahendis iis a fundo. Martinius. "Which is cast into the water to catch fish, and the particular use of which is to drag them up from the bottom." As this is dragged along it keeps gathering all in its way, both good and bad, small and great; and, when it is brought to the shore, those which are proper for use are preserved, and those which are not are either destroyed or thrown back into the water.
By the net may be understood the preaching of the Gospel of the kingdom, which keeps drawing men into the profession of Christianity, and into the fellowship of the visible Church of Christ. By the sea may be represented that abyss of sin, error, ignorance, and wickedness in which men live, and out of which they are drawn, by the truth and Spirit of God, who cordially close in with the offers of salvation made to them in the preaching of the Gospel.
By drawing to shore, may be represented the consummation of all things, see Matthew 13:49, when a proper distinction shall be made between those who served God, and those who served him not; for many shall doubtless be found who shall bear the name without the nature of Christ. By picking out the good, and throwing away the bad, Matthew 13:48, is meant that separation which God shall make between false and true professors, casting the former into hell, and bringing the latter to heaven.
Instead of τα καλα the good, the Cod. Bezae, and five copies of the old Antehieronymian, or Itala version, read τα καλλιστα, the best, the very best. Every reader would naturally hope that this is not the true reading, or that it is not to be understood literally, as it seems to intimate that only the very best shall be at last saved.
It is probable that this parable also refers, in its primary meaning, to the Jewish state, and that, when Christ should come to judge and destroy them by the Roman power, the genuine followers of Christ only should escape, and the rest be overwhelmed by the general destruction. See Matthew 24:30, etc.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
(Preached at Christ Church, Marylebone, 1867, for the Bishop of London's Fund.) MATTHEW xiii. 24-30. The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the household came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He …
Charles Kingsley—Discipline and Other Sermons
Ears and no Ears
The Parable of the Tares, by Bishop Latimer, Preached on the 7Th of February, 1553.
A Man Reaps More than He Sows.
Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds--like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea.
"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.
When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
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.
Jump to PreviousCast Caught Dragnet Encloses Fish Gather Gathered Gathering Heaven Heavens Kind Kinds Kingdom Lake Net Once Reign Sea Seine Sorts Thrown Together
Jump to NextCast Caught Dragnet Encloses Fish Gather Gathered Gathering Heaven Heavens Kind Kinds Kingdom Lake Net Once Reign Sea Seine Sorts Thrown Together
LinksMatthew 13:47 NIV
Matthew 13:47 NLT
Matthew 13:47 ESV
Matthew 13:47 NASB
Matthew 13:47 KJV
Matthew 13:47 Bible Apps
Matthew 13:47 Biblia Paralela
Matthew 13:47 Chinese Bible
Matthew 13:47 French Bible
Matthew 13:47 German Bible
Matthew 13:47 Commentaries
THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.