Parable
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Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Gr. parabole), a placing beside; a comparison; equivalent to the Hebrews mashal, a similitude. In the Old Testament this is used to denote (1) a proverb (1 Samuel 10:12; 24:13; 2 Chronicles 7:20), (2) a prophetic utterance (Numbers 23:7; Ezek. 20:49), (3) an enigmatic saying (Psalm 78:2; Proverbs 1:6). In the New Testament, (1) a proverb (Mark 7:17; Luke 4:23), (2) a typical emblem (Hebrews 9:9; 11:19), (3) a similitude or allegory (Matthew 15:15; 24:32; Mark 3:23; Luke 5:36; 14:7); (4) ordinarily, in a more restricted sense, a comparison of earthly with heavenly things, "an earthly story with a heavenly meaning," as in the parables of our Lord.

Instruction by parables has been in use from the earliest times. A large portion of our Lord's public teaching consisted of parables. He himself explains his reasons for this in his answer to the inquiry of the disciples, "Why speakest thou to them in parables?" (Matthew 13:13-15; Mark 4:11, 12; Luke 8:9, 10). He followed in so doing the rule of the divine procedures, as recorded in Matthew 13:13.

The parables uttered by our Lord are all recorded in the synoptical (i.e., the first three) Gospels. The fourth Gospel contains no parable properly so called, although the illustration of the good shepherd (John 10:1-16) has all the essential features of a parable. (See List of Parables in Appendix.)

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) A short story that contains a moral or lesson.

2. (n.) A comparison; a similitude; specifically, a short fictitious narrative of something which might really occur in life or nature, by means of which a moral is drawn; as, the parables of Christ.

3. (v. t.) To represent by parable.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
PARABLE

par'-a-b'-l:

1. Name

2. Historical Data

3. Christ's Use of Parables.

4. Purpose of Christ in Using Parables

5. Interpretation of the Parables

6. Doctrinal Value of the Parables

1. Name:

Etymologically the word "parable" (paraballo) signifies a placing of two or more objects together, usually for the purpose of a comparison. In this widest sense of the term there is practically no difference between parable and simile (see Thayer, Dictionary of New Testament Greek, under the word). This is also what substantially some of Christ's parables amount to, which consist of only one comparison and in a single verse (compare Matthew 13:33, 44-46). In the more usual and technical sense of the word, "parable" ordinarily signifies an imaginary story, yet one that in its details could have actually transpired, the purpose of the story being to illustrate and inculcate some higher spiritual truth. These features differentiate it from other and similar figurative narratives as also from actual history. The similarity between the last-mentioned and a parable is sometimes so small that exegetes have differed in the interpretation of certain pericopes. A characteristic example of this uncertainty is the story of Dives and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. The problem is of a serious nature, as those who regard this as actual history are compelled to interpret each and every statement, including too the close proximity of heaven and hell and the possibility of speaking from one place to the other, while those who regard it as a parable can restrict their interpretation to the features that constitute the substance of the story. It differs again from the fable, in so far as the latter is a story that could not actually have occurred (e.g. Judges 9:8;; 2 Kings 14:9 Ezekiel 17:2). The parable is often described as an extended metaphor. The etymological features of the word, as well as the relation of parables to other and kindred devices of style, are discussed more fully by Ed. Koenig, in HDB, III, 660;.

2. Histotical Data:

Although Christ employed the parable as a means of inculcating His message more extensively and more effectively than any other teacher, He did not invent the parable. It was His custom in general to take over from the religious and linguistic world of thought in His own day the materials that He employed to convey the higher and deeper truths of His gospels, giving them a world of meaning they had never before possessed. Thus, e.g. every petition of the Lord's Prayer can be duplicated in the Jewish liturgies of the times, yet on Christ's lips these petitions have a significance they never had or could have for the Jews. The term "Word" for the second person in the Godhead is an adaptation from the Logos-idea in contemporaneous religious thought, though not specifically of Philo's. Baptism, regeneration, and kindred expressions of fundamental thoughts in the Christian system, are terms not absolutely new (compare Deutsch, article "Talmud" Literary Remains) The parable was employed both in the Old Testament and in contemporaneous Jewish literature (compare e.g. 2 Samuel 12:1-4 Isaiah 5:1-6; Isaiah 28:24-28, and for details see Koenig's article, loc. cit.). Jewish and other non-Biblical parables are discussed and illustrated by examples in Trench's Notes on the Parables of our Lord, introductory essay, chapter iv: "On Other Parables besides Those in the Scriptures."

3. Christ's Use of Parables:

The one and only teacher of parables in the New Testament is Christ Himself. The Epistles, although they often employ rhetorical allegories and similes, make absolutely no use of the parable, so common in Christ's pedagogical methods. The distribution of these in the Canonical Gospels is unequal, and they are strictly confined to the three Synoptic Gospels. Mark again has only one peculiar to this book, namely, the See d Growing in Secret (Mark 4:26), and he gives only three others that are found also in Matthew and Luke, namely the Sower, the Mustard See d, and the Wicked Husbandman, so that the bulk of the parables are found in the First and the Third Gospels. Two are common to Matthew and Luke, namely the Leaven (Matthew 13:33 Luke 13:21) and the Lost Sheep (Matthew 18:12 Luke 15:3). Of the remaining parables, 18 are found only in Luke and 10 only in Mt. Luke's 18 include some of the finest, namely, the Two Debtors, the Good Samaritan, the Friend at Midnight, the Rich Fool, the Watchful Servants, the Barren Fig Tree, the Chief Seats, the Great Supper, the Rash Builder, the Rash King, the Lost Coin, the Lost Son, the Unrighteous Steward, the Rich Man and Lazarus, the Unprofitable Servants, the Unrighteous Judge, the Pharisee and Publican, and the Pounds. The 10 peculiar to Matthew are the Tares, the Hidden Treasure, the Pearl of Great Price, the Draw Net, the Unmerciful Servant, the Laborers in the Vineyard, the Two Sons, the Marriage of the King's Son, the Ten Virgins, and the Talents. There is some uncertainty as to the exact number of parables we have from Christ, as the Marriage of the King's Son is sometimes regarded as a different recension of the Great Supper, and the Talents of the Pounds. Other numberings are suggested by Trench, Julicher and others.

4. Purpose of Christ in Using Parables:

It is evident from such passages as Matthew 13:10; (compare Mark 4:10 Luke 8:9) that Christ did not in the beginning of His career employ the parable as a method of teaching, but introduced it later. This took place evidently during the 2nd year of His public ministry, and is closely connected with the changes which about that time He made in His attitude toward the people in general. It evidently was Christ's purpose at the outset to win over, if possible, the nation as a whole to His cause and to the gospel; when it appeared that the leaders and the great bulk of the people would not accept Him for what He wanted to be and clung tenaciously to their carnal Messianic ideas and ideals, Christ ceased largely to appeal to the masses, and, by confining His instructions chiefly to His disciples and special friends, saw the necessity of organizing an ecclesiola in ecclesia, which was eventually to develop into the world-conquering church. One part of this general withdrawal of Christ from a proclamation of His gospel to the whole nation was this change in His method of teaching and the adoption of the parable. On that subject He leaves no doubt, according to Matthew 13:11;; Mark 4:12 Luke 8:10. The purpose of the parable is both to reveal and to conceal the truth. It was to serve the first purpose in the case of the disciples, the second in the case of the uncleserving Jews. Psychologically this difference, notwithstanding the acknowledged inferiority in the training and education of the disciples, especially as compared with the scribes and lawyers, is not hard to understand. A simple-minded Christian, who has some understanding of the truth, can readily understand figurative illustrations of this truth, which would be absolute enigmas even to an educated Hindu or Chinaman. The theological problem involved is more difficult. Yet it is evident that we are not dealing with those who have committed the sin against the Holy Ghost, for whom there is no possibility of a return to grace, according to Hebrews 6:4-10; Hebrews 10:26 (compare Matthew 12:31, 32 Mark 3:28-30), and who accordingly could no longer be influenced by an appeal of the gospel, and we have rather before us those from whom Christ has determined to withdraw the offer of redemption-whether temporarily or definitely and finally, remaining an open question-according to His policy of not casting pearls before the swine. The proper sense of these passages can be ascertained only when we remember that in Mark 4:12 and Luke 8:10, the hina, need not express purpose, but that this particle is used here to express mere result only, as is clear too from the passage in Matthew 13:13, where the hoti, is found. The word is to be withheld from these people, so that this preaching would not bring about the ordinary results of conversion and forgiveness of sins. Hence, Christ now adopts a method of teaching that will hide the truth from all those who have not yet been imbued by it, and this new method is that of the parable.

5. Interpretation of the Parables:

The principles for the interpretation of the parables, which are all intended primarily and in the first place for the disciples, are furnished by the nature of the parable itself and by Christ's own method of interpreting some of them. The first and foremost thing to be discovered is the scope or the particular spiritual truth which the parable is intended to convey. Just what this scope is may be stated in so many words, as is done, e.g., by the introductory words to that of the Pharisee and the Publican. Again the scope may be learned from the occasion of the parable, as the question of Peter in Matthew 18:21 gives the scope of the following parable, and the real purpose of the Prodigal Son parable in Luke 15:11; is not the story of this young man himself, but is set over against the murmuring of the Pharisees because Christ received publicans and sinners, in 15:1 and 2, to exemplify the all-forgiving love of the Father. Not the Son but the Father is in the foreground in this parable, which fact is also the connecting link between the two parts. Sometimes the scope can be learned only from an examination of the details of the parable itself and then may be all the more uncertain.

A second principle of the interpretation of the parables is that a sharp distinction must be made between what the older interpreters called the body (corpus) and the soul (anima) of the story; or, to use other expressions, between the shell or bark (cortex) and the marrow (medulla). Whatever serves only the purpose of the story is the "ornamentation" of the parable, and does not belong to the substance. The former does not call for interpretation or higher spiritual lesson; the latter does. This distinction between those parts of the parable that are intended to convey spiritual meanings and those which are to be ignored in the interpretation is based on Christ's own interpretation of the so-called parabolae perfectae. Christ Himself, in Matthew 13:18;, interprets the parable of the Sower, yet a number of data, such as the fact that there are four, and not more or fewer kinds of land, and others, are discarded in this explanation as without meaning. Again in His interpretation of the Tares among the Wheat in Matthew 13:36;, a number of details of the original parable are discarded as meaningless.

Just which details are significant and which are meaningless in a parable is often hard, sometimes impossible to determine, as the history of their exegesis amply shows. In general it can be laid down as a rule, that those features which illustrate the scope of the parable belong to its substance, and those which do not, belong to the ornamentation. But even with this rule there remain many exegetical cruces or difficulties. Certain, too, it is that not all of the details are capable of interpretation. Some are added of a nature that indeed illustrate the story as a story, but, from the standpoint of Christian morals, are more than objectionable. The Unjust Steward in using his authority to make the bills of the debtors of his master smaller may be a model, in the shrewd use of this world's goods for his purpose, that the Christian may follow in making use of his goods for his purposes, but the action of the steward itself is incapable of defense. Again, the man who finds in somebody else's property a pearl of great price but conceals this fact from the owner of the land and quietly buys this ground may serve as an example to show how much the kingdom of God is worth, but from an ethical standpoint his action cannot be sanctioned. In general, the parable, like all other forms of figurative expression, has a meaning only as far as the tertium comparationis goes, that is, the third thing which is common to the two things compared. But all this still leaves a large debatable ground in many parables. In the Laborers in the Vineyard does the "penny" mean anything, or is it an ornament? The history of the debate on this subject is long. In the Prodigal Son do all the details of his sufferings, such as eating the husks intended for swine, have a spiritual meaning?

6. Doctrinal Value of the Parables:

The interpreters of former generations laid down the rule, theologia parabolica non eat argumentativa, i.e. the parables, very rich in mission thoughts, do not furnish a basis for doctrinal argument. Like all figurative expressions and forms of thought, the parables too contain elements of doubt as far as their interpretation is concerned. They illustrate truth but they do not prove or demonstrate truth. Omnia aimilia claudicunt, "all comparisons limp," is applicable here also. No point of doctrine can be established on figurative passages of Scripture, as then all elements of doubt would not be eliminated, this doubt being based on the nature of language itself. The argumentative or doctrinal value of parables is found in this, that they may, in accordance with the analogy of Scripture, illustrate truth already clearly expressed elsewhere. Compare especially Trench, introductory essay, in Notes on the Parables of our Lord, chapter iii., 30-43; and Terry, Biblical Hermeneutics, Part II, chapter vi: "Interpretation of Parables," 188-213, in which work a full bibliography is given. Compare also the article "Parabel" in Hauck-Herzog, Realencyklopadie fur protestantische Theologie und Kirche.

G.H. Schodde

Greek
3942. paroimia -- a byword, a parable, an allegory
... a byword, a parable, an allegory. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration:
paroimia Phonetic Spelling: (par-oy-mee'-ah) Short Definition: an allegory ...
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3850. parabole -- to expose oneself to danger
... oneself to danger. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: parabole Phonetic
Spelling: (par-ab-ol-ay') Short Definition: a parable, comparison Definition ...
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3850b. parabole -- a placing beside, a comparison
... 3850a, 3850b. parabole. 3851 . a placing beside, a comparison.
Transliteration: parabole Short Definition: parable. Word Origin ...
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Strong's Hebrew
4912. mashal -- a proverb, parable
... mashal. 4913 . a proverb, parable. Transliteration: mashal Phonetic Spelling:
(maw-shawl') Short Definition: proverb. ... byword, like, parable, proverb. ...
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Library

The Parable of the Net.
... THE PARABLE OF THE NET. These fishermen have just returned to shore with their
net full of fish. ... [Illustration: THE PARABLE OF THE NET.]. ...
/.../anonymous/mother stories from the new testament/the parable of the net.htm

Exposition of the Parable.
... Book X. 2. Exposition of the Parable. "After these things He answered
and said to them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son ...
/.../origens commentary on the gospel of matthew/2 exposition of the parable.htm

The Parable of the Talents
... THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS. One day Jesus told His disciples this parable
or story. ... [Illustration: THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS.]. * * *. ...
/.../anonymous/mother stories from the new testament/the parable of the talents.htm

The Parable of the Leaven.
... THE PARABLE OF THE LEAVEN. Christ said that the kingdom of ... in all things
to please Him. [Illustration: THE PARABLE OF THE LEAVEN.]. ...
/.../anonymous/mother stories from the new testament/the parable of the leaven.htm

The Parable of the Pilgrim
... A Little Book of Eternal Wisdom THE PARABLE OF THE PILGRIM. A certain man
had a great desire to go to Jerusalem. Not knowing the ...
/.../suso/a little book of eternal wisdom/the parable of the pilgrim.htm

A Parable in a Miracle
... A PARABLE IN A MIRACLE. ... Either way there is a great claim in the act. Further, we
may take that touch of Christ's as being a parable of His whole work. ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture d/a parable in a miracle.htm

A Parable from Liebig
... A PARABLE FROM LIEBIG. The church bells were ringing, the devil sat singing
On the stump of a rotting old tree; 'Oh faith it grows ...
/.../kingsley/andromeda and other poems/a parable from liebig.htm

The Parable of the Vacuum
... LVI THE PARABLE OF THE VACUUM. Matthew xii.38-45. It is easy to see where
the emphasis of this parable lies. It is on the impossible ...
/.../peabody/mornings in the college chapel/lvi the parable of the.htm

Concerning the Parable of the Treasure Hidden in the Field. The ...
... Book X. 4. Concerning the Parable of the Treasure Hidden in the Field.
The Parable Distinguished from the Similitude. "Again the ...
/.../origens commentary on the gospel of matthew/4 concerning the parable of.htm

Parable of the Labourers in the vineyard. (Matt. , xx. , 1-16. )
... Section 240. Parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard. ... [645] The prominent idea of
the parable is, that all who faithfully obey their call, who are. ...
/.../section 240 parable of the.htm

Thesaurus
Parable (52 Occurrences)
... The fourth Gospel contains no parable properly so called, although the illustration
of the good shepherd (John 10:1-16) has all the essential features of a ...
/p/parable.htm - 38k

Discourse (25 Occurrences)
... Numbers 23:7 He took up his parable, and said, "From Aram has Balak brought me,
the king of Moab from the mountains of the East. Come, curse Jacob for me. ...
/d/discourse.htm - 14k

Oracle (57 Occurrences)
... Oracle (57 Occurrences). Numbers 23:7 He took up his parable, and said, "From Aram
has Balak brought me, the king of Moab from the mountains of the East. ...
/o/oracle.htm - 26k

Fable
... In such passages the word means anything false and unreal. But the word is
used as almost equivalent to parable. ... See ALLEGORY; PARABLE. ...
/f/fable.htm - 12k

Telling (89 Occurrences)
... Luke 5:36 He also told a parable to them. ... Luke 12:41 Peter said to him, "Lord, are
you telling this parable to us, or to everybody?" (WEB RSV NIV). ...
/t/telling.htm - 31k

Premillennial
... mi-len'-i-um Divergent Views-Scope of Article I. THE TEACHING OF JESUS The Millennium
Not before the Advent (1) Parable of the Wheat and Tares (2) Parable of ...
/p/premillennial.htm - 23k

Lazarus (19 Occurrences)
... (2.) A beggar named in the parable recorded Luke 16:19-31. Int. ... It is the
only instance of a proper name used in a parable by Jesus. ...
/l/lazarus.htm - 21k

Parables (21 Occurrences)
... Matthew 13:34 Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the multitudes; and without
a parable, he didn't speak to them, (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV). ...
/p/parables.htm - 12k

Millennium
... mi-len'-i-um Divergent Views-Scope of Article I. THE TEACHING OF JESUS The Millennium
Not before the Advent (1) Parable of the Wheat and Tares (2) Parable of ...
/m/millennium.htm - 24k

Planted (105 Occurrences)
... Matthew 13:31 He set another parable before them, saying, "The Kingdom of Heaven
is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field ...
/p/planted.htm - 37k

Concordance
Parable (52 Occurrences)

Matthew 13:18
"Hear, then, the parable of the farmer.
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Matthew 13:24
He set another parable before them, saying, "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field,
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Matthew 13:31
He set another parable before them, saying, "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field;
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Matthew 13:33
He spoke another parable to them. "The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, until it was all leavened."
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Matthew 13:34
Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the multitudes; and without a parable, he didn't speak to them,
(Root in WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Matthew 13:36
Then Jesus sent the multitudes away, and went into the house. His disciples came to him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the darnel weeds of the field."
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Matthew 15:15
Peter answered him, "Explain the parable to us."
(WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Matthew 21:33
"Hear another parable. There was a man who was a master of a household, who planted a vineyard, set a hedge about it, dug a winepress in it, built a tower, leased it out to farmers, and went into another country.
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Matthew 24:32
"Now from the fig tree learn this parable. When its branch has now become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that the summer is near.
(WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS NAS)

Mark 4:10
When he was alone, those who were around him with the twelve asked him about the parables.
(Root in WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Mark 4:13
He said to them, "Don't you understand this parable? How will you understand all of the parables?
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Mark 4:30
He said, "How will we liken the Kingdom of God? Or with what parable will we illustrate it?
(WEB ASV NAS RSV NIV)

Mark 4:34
Without a parable he didn't speak to them; but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.
(WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Mark 7:17
When he had entered into a house away from the multitude, his disciples asked him about the parable.
(WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Mark 12:12
They tried to seize him, but they feared the multitude; for they perceived that he spoke the parable against them. They left him, and went away.
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Mark 13:28
"Now from the fig tree, learn this parable. When the branch has now become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that the summer is near;
(WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS NAS)

Luke 4:23
He said to them, "Doubtless you will tell me this parable,'Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done at Capernaum, do also here in your hometown.'"
(WEB ASV DBY)

Luke 5:36
He also told a parable to them. "No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old garment, or else he will tear the new, and also the piece from the new will not match the old.
(WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Luke 6:39
He spoke a parable to them. "Can the blind guide the blind? Won't they both fall into a pit?
(WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Luke 8:4
When a great multitude came together, and people from every city were coming to him, he spoke by a parable.
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Luke 8:9
Then his disciples asked him, "What does this parable mean?"
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Luke 8:11
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Luke 12:16
He spoke a parable to them, saying, "The ground of a certain rich man brought forth abundantly.
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Luke 12:41
Peter said to him, "Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everybody?"
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Luke 13:6
He spoke this parable. "A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it, and found none.
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Luke 14:7
He spoke a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the best seats, and said to them,
(WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Luke 15:3
He told them this parable.
(WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Luke 18:1
He also spoke a parable to them that they must always pray, and not give up,
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Luke 18:9
He spoke also this parable to certain people who were convinced of their own righteousness, and who despised all others.
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Luke 19:11
As they heard these things, he went on and told a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that the Kingdom of God would be revealed immediately.
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Luke 20:9
He began to tell the people this parable. "A man planted a vineyard, and rented it out to some farmers, and went into another country for a long time.
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Luke 20:19
The chief priests and the scribes sought to lay hands on him that very hour, but they feared the people-for they knew he had spoken this parable against them.
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Luke 21:29
He told them a parable. "See the fig tree, and all the trees.
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

John 10:6
Jesus spoke this parable to them, but they didn't understand what he was telling them.
(WEB KJV ASV WBS)

Numbers 23:7
He took up his parable, and said, "From Aram has Balak brought me, the king of Moab from the mountains of the East. Come, curse Jacob for me. Come, defy Israel.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)

Numbers 23:18
He took up his parable, and said, "Rise up, Balak, and hear! Listen to me, you son of Zippor.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)

Numbers 24:3
He took up his parable, and said, "Balaam the son of Beor says, the man whose eye was closed says;
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)

Numbers 24:15
He took up his parable, and said, "Balaam the son of Beor says, the man whose eye was closed says;
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)

Numbers 24:20
He looked at Amalek, and took up his parable, and said, "Amalek was the first of the nations, But his latter end shall come to destruction."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)

Numbers 24:21
He looked at the Kenite, and took up his parable, and said, "Your dwelling place is strong. Your nest is set in the rock.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)

Numbers 24:23
He took up his parable, and said, "Alas, who shall live when God does this?
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)

Job 27:1
Job again took up his parable, and said,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)

Job 29:1
Job again took up his parable, and said,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)

Psalms 49:4
I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
(KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)

Psalms 78:2
I will open my mouth in a parable. I will utter dark sayings of old,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Proverbs 26:7
Like the legs of the lame that hang loose: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT)

Proverbs 26:9
Like a thornbush that goes into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT)

Isaiah 14:4
that you will take up this parable against the king of Babylon, and say, "How the oppressor has ceased! The golden city has ceased!"
(WEB JPS ASV)

Ezekiel 17:2
Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel;
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS NIV)

Ezekiel 24:3
Utter a parable to the rebellious house, and tell them, Thus says the Lord Yahweh, Set on the caldron, set it on, and also pour water into it:
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS NIV)

Micah 2:4
In that day they will take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, saying,'We are utterly ruined! My people's possession is divided up. Indeed he takes it from me and assigns our fields to traitors!'"
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Habakkuk 2:6
Won't all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say,'Woe to him who increases that which is not his, and who enriches himself by extortion! How long?'
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Subtopics

Parable

Select Readings: The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Select Readings: The Parable of the Prodigal Son

Related Terms

Discourse (25 Occurrences)

Oracle (57 Occurrences)

Fable

Telling (89 Occurrences)

Premillennial

Lazarus (19 Occurrences)

Parables (21 Occurrences)

Millennium

Planted (105 Occurrences)

Spake (704 Occurrences)

Allegory (6 Occurrences)

Spoke (799 Occurrences)

Vineyard (69 Occurrences)

Understood (63 Occurrences)

Wealthy (22 Occurrences)

Wealth (340 Occurrences)

Furnace (35 Occurrences)

Explain (30 Occurrences)

Puts (197 Occurrences)

Putteth (182 Occurrences)

Sought (199 Occurrences)

Proceeded (72 Occurrences)

Uttered (60 Occurrences)

Nigh (243 Occurrences)

Field (390 Occurrences)

Proverb (24 Occurrences)

Figure (19 Occurrences)

Fig (45 Occurrences)

Jonah (30 Occurrences)

Using (88 Occurrences)

Saying (2162 Occurrences)

Learn (76 Occurrences)

Leaves (55 Occurrences)

Gain (142 Occurrences)

Importunity (1 Occurrence)

Fig-tree (33 Occurrences)

Feared (134 Occurrences)

Farmers (23 Occurrences)

Takes (380 Occurrences)

Twigs (8 Occurrences)

Tried (96 Occurrences)

Talent (16 Occurrences)

Referred (7 Occurrences)

Rented (4 Occurrences)

Expound (7 Occurrences)

Everybody (15 Occurrences)

Declare (346 Occurrences)

Mammon (4 Occurrences)

Multitudes (72 Occurrences)

Meaning (41 Occurrences)

Mustard (5 Occurrences)

Perceived (57 Occurrences)

Presented (114 Occurrences)

Proposed (9 Occurrences)

Punishment (417 Occurrences)

Beor (11 Occurrences)

Branch (60 Occurrences)

Bottle (28 Occurrences)

Bilhan (3 Occurrences)

Be'or (11 Occurrences)

Becomes (138 Occurrences)

Betroth (5 Occurrences)

Crowds (62 Occurrences)

Closed (47 Occurrences)

Already (171 Occurrences)

Austere (2 Occurrences)

Added (97 Occurrences)

Summer (28 Occurrences)

Sown (45 Occurrences)

Sowed (20 Occurrences)

Riddle (11 Occurrences)

Speak (855 Occurrences)

Type (12 Occurrences)

Leaven (24 Occurrences)

Steward (23 Occurrences)

Tender (66 Occurrences)

Multitude (352 Occurrences)

Didn't (734 Occurrences)

Yet (1244 Occurrences)

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