The Parables of Jesus

What does a parable mean? A parable is a word-picture which uses an image or story to illustrate a truth or lesson. It creates a mini-drama in picture language that describes the reality being illustrated. It shows a likeness between the image of an illustration and the object being portrayed.

“And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?’ He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias (Isaiah), which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. (Matt.13:10-16 KJV)

Parable Matthew Mark Luke John
Barren Fig Tree 13:6-9
Blind Leading the Blind 15:1-20 6:39-42
Budding Fig Tree 24:32-35 13:28-32 21:29-33
Dragnet 13:47-50
Good Shepherd 10:1-18
Householder 13:52
Laborers in the Vineyard 20:1-16
Landowner 21:33-46 12:1-12 20:9-18
Leaven 13:33 13:20-21
Lost Sheep 15:4-7
Mustard Seed 13:31-32 4:30-32 13:18-19
Neighbor 10:25-37
New Cloth on an old Garment 9:16 2:21 5:36
Pearl of Great Price 13:45-46
Pharisee & Tax Collector 18:9-14
Prodigal Son 15:11-32
Rich Fool 12:16-21
Rich Man and Lazarus 16:19-31
Sower 13:3-9
4:3-20 8:4-15
Taking the Lowest Place 14:7-11
Ten Minas 19:11-27
Ten Talents 25:14-30
Ten Virgins 25:1-13
Two Debtors 7:40-50
Unjust Judge 18:1-8
Unjust Steward 16:1-13
Wedding Banquet 22:1-14
Wheat and Tares (Weeds) 13:24-30