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The Complete List of the Parables of Jesus

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# Title Scripture Synopsis
1 The Growing Seed Mark 4:26–29 The sower sows a seed, but does not know how it grows
2 The Two Debtors Luke 7:41–43 Two men owe money to a banker. The banker forgives both debts.  Who loves more?  The one who had the bigger debt forgiven
3 The Lamp under a Bushel Luke 8:16–18 No one hides a lamp in a jar or under a bed.  What is concealed will one day be brought to light
4 Parable of the Good Samaritan Luke 10:25–37 A man is beaten by thieves and left for dead.  A religious leader and a holy man do not help, but pass by.  An enemy and outsider does stop and help. Who is your neighbor? The one who has mercy
5 The Friend at Night Luke 11:5–8 An audacious friend asks for help in the middle of the night.  He is not helped because of friendship, but so he stops being a bother. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you
6 The Rich Fool Luke 12:16–21 A rich man tears down his barns to build bigger ones to store all his wealth.  What happens to the man who is rich, but not generous?
7 The Wise and the Foolish Builders Matthew 7:24–27 One man builds his house on rock, another builds his house on the sand.  Choose carefully where you put your trust
8 New Wine into Old Wineskins Matthew 9:16–17 No one puts new patches on old clothes or new wine in old wineskins.  New ideas require new hearts and minds
9 Parable of the strong man Matthew 12:29 How can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.
10 Parable of the Sower Matthew 13:3–9 A crazy farmer sowed his seed on rocks, among weeds, on dry ground and on good ground.  Only good soil will produce abundant fruit
11 The Weeds Matt. 13:24–30 A farmer planted a field, but an enemy sowed weeds after him.  At the harvest first collect the weeds to be burned, and then collect the wheat.  Humans make for poor judges.
12 The Barren Fig Tree Luke 13:6–9 A fig tree did not bear fruit for three years. But he told his servant to leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it.  If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down. A good tree bears good fruit.
13 the Mustard Seed Luke 13:18–19 The kingdom of god is like a very tiny seed that grows into a great tree.  The exponential growth of the Kingdom of God
14 The Leaven Luke 13:20–21 A tiny amount of yeast can change a huge volume of flour. The exponential growth of the Kingdom of God.
15 Parable of the Pearl Matt. 13:45–46 A merchant finds a priceless pearl, to purchase it he sells everything he has.  The priceless value of the kingdom of heaven.
16 Drawing in the Net Matt. 13:47–50 A fisherman’s net is compared to Judgement day.  The fishermen separate the good fish from the bad. In the same way the angels will separate the good from the bad.
17 The Hidden Treasure Matthew 13:44 A man found a great treasure in a field.  He went and sold all that he had to purchase that field.  What would you give up for eternal life?
18 Counting the Cost Luke 14:28–33 A builder makes plans and counts costs before he builds.  What is the true cost of following Jesus?  Everything
19 The Lost Sheep Luke 15:4–6 A man has a hundred sheep, but loses one.  He leaves the others to go find the one.  God’s love is so great even for those that have gone astray
20 The Unforgiving Servant Matt. 18:23–35 A king forgives the debt of a servant that owes him greatly.  But that servant does not forgive the others that owe small amounts. God forgives those who forgive others
21 The Lost Coin Luke 15:8–9 A woman has ten coins but loses one.  She immediately tries to find, and when she does she rejoices with her friends.  God rejoices when one sinner repents
22 the Prodigal Son Luke 15:11–32 A father has two sons.  One demands his inheritance, implying his hatred of his father.  The father gives him his half. The son quickly wastes all of it on women and drink.  He returns to his senses and returns home.  His Father is quick to forgive and welcome him back, and throws a party for him, but now the older brother is resentful.
23 The Unjust Steward Luke 16:1–13 A manager about to lose his job, comes up with a way of gaining favor with friends and gains his master’s praise for his shrewd dealing.
24 Rich man and Lazarus Luke 16:19–31 When a beggar named Lazarus dies, the angels carry him to Abraham’s side, but a rich man finds himself in torment.
25 The Master and Servant Luke 17:7–10 A faithful servant comes in from the field and continues serving his master because it’s his job. “So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”
26 The Unjust Judge Luke 18:1–8 A persistent widow who keeps bringing her case before a judge eventually gets justice. If even an unjust judge rewards persistence, how much more so will God the righteous judge.
27 Pharisees and the Tax collector Luke 18:9–14 A religious leader congratulates himself on his piety in prayer, while a tax collector humbly cries out for mercy. Jesus says that only the tax collector went home justified before God.
28 The Workers in the Vineyard Matthew 20:1–16 A landowner hires a number of workers to serve in his vineyard throughout the day. At the end of the day, he pays everyone the same amount regardless of the hours they worked. But the generosity of the landowner is lost on those workers who are jealous of those hired last.
29 The Two Sons Matt. 21:28–32 A father asks two sons to go work, one initially refuses, but ultimately does the job. While the other says he will, but doesn’t go. The former is shown faithful and represents those who enter the kingdom of God.
30 The Wicked Husbandmen Luke 20:9–16 When a landowner rents his vineyard to some farmers, they abuse the servants he sends to collect a share of the harvest. When he decides to send his own son, the story takes a tragic turn.
31 The Great Banquet Luke 14:15–24 When a generous host invites several friends to a great feast, all make excuses and decline to come. So, the host invites the blind, the lame, the poor and fills his table with outcasts.
32 The Budding Fig Tree Luke 21:29–33 The buds of a fig tree show spring is near just as certain events show the kingdom of God is near.
33 The Faithful Servant Luke 12:35–48 Faithful servants are rewarded for their service and given charge of more, but those who know the master’s will and don’t do it are punished. “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
34 The Ten Virgins Matthew 25:1–13 The story of five wise women who were prepared when the bridegroom arrives encourage us to be watchful and prepared until the Son of Man returns.
35 The Talents or Minas   Luke 19:12–27 A king rewards two servants who steward his resources well.
36 The Sheep and the Goats   Matt. 25:31-46 Jesus shows how acts of mercy and kindness—feeding the hungry, inviting in the stranger, caring for the sick—distinguish his sheep from the goats, the blessed from the cursed.
37 Parable of the Wedding Feast Luke 14:7–14 A guest invited to a wedding learns not to take the honored seat, “for all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”