The Parables of the Mustard Seed and of the Yeast

31 He(A) presented another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven(B) is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It’s the smallest of all the seeds, but when grown, it’s taller than the vegetables and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the sky come and nest in its branches.”(C)

33 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into 50 pounds[a] of flour until it spread through all of it.”[b](D)

Using Parables Fulfills Prophecy

34 Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables, and He would not speak anything to them without a parable,(E) 35 so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled:

I will open My mouth in parables;
I will declare things kept secret
from the foundation of the world.(F)[c]

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 13:33 Lit 3 sata; about 40 quarts
  2. Matthew 13:33 Or until all of it was leavened
  3. Matthew 13:35 Ps 78:2

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and of the Yeast

18 He said, therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like,(A) and what can I compare it to? 19 It’s like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the sky nested in its branches.”

20 Again He said, “What can I compare the kingdom of God(B) to? 21 It’s like yeast(C) that a woman took and mixed into 50 pounds[a] of flour until it spread through the entire mixture.”[b]

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 13:21 Lit 3 sata; about 40 quarts
  2. Luke 13:21 Or until all of it was leavened

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