he began
Mark 4:2
And he taught them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them:
Mark 4:11-13
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And he said to them, "To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables;
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so that they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand; lest they should turn again, and be forgiven."
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And he said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
Mark 4:33-13
Mark 4:34-13
Ezekiel 20:49
Then I said, "Ah Lord GOD! they are saying of me, `Is he not a maker of allegories?'"
Matthew 13:10-15
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Then the disciples came and said to him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?"
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And he answered them, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
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For to him who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
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This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
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With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah which says: `You shall indeed hear but never understand, and you shall indeed see but never perceive.
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For this people's heart has grown dull, and their ears are heavy of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should perceive with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn for me to heal them.'
Matthew 13:34-15
Matthew 13:35-15
Matthew 21:28-33
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"What do you think? A man had two sons; and he went to the first and said, `Son, go and work in the vineyard today.'
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And he answered, `I will not'; but afterward he repented and went.
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And he went to the second and said the same; and he answered, `I go, sir,' but did not go.
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Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
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For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the harlots believed him; and even when you saw it, you did not afterward repent and believe him.
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"Hear another parable. There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country.
Matthew 22:1-14
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And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying,
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"The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son,
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and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come.
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Again he sent other servants, saying, `Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have made ready my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves are killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast.'
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But they made light of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business,
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while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them.
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The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
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Then he said to his servants, `The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.
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Go therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find.'
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And those servants went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
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"But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment;
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and he said to him, `Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless.
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Then the king said to the attendants, `Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.'
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For many are called, but few are chosen."
Luke 8:10
he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.
Luke 22:9
They said to him, "Where will you have us prepare it?"
A certain
Matthew 21:33-40
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"Hear another parable. There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country.
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When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit;
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and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another.
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Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and they did the same to them.
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Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, `They will respect my son.'
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But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, `This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.'
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And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
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When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?"
Luke 20:9-15
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And he began to tell the people this parable: "A man planted a vineyard, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country for a long while.
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When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants, that they should give him some of the fruit of the vineyard; but the tenants beat him, and sent him away empty-handed.
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And he sent another servant; him also they beat and treated shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed.
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And he sent yet a third; this one they wounded and cast out.
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Then the owner of the vineyard said, `What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; it may be they will respect him.'
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But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, `This is the heir; let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.'
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And they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them?
planted
Psalm 80:8-16
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Restore us, O God of hosts; let thy face shine, that we may be saved!
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Thou didst bring a vine out of Egypt; thou didst drive out the nations and plant it.
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Thou didst clear the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land.
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The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches;
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it sent out its branches to the sea, and its shoots to the River.
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Why then hast thou broken down its walls, so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?
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The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it.
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Turn again, O God of hosts! Look down from heaven, and see; have regard for this vine,
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the stock which thy right hand planted.
Isaiah 5:1-4
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Let me sing for my beloved a love song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill.
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He digged it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; and he looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.
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And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, between me and my vineyard.
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What more was there to do for my vineyard, that I have not done in it? When I looked for it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?
Jeremiah 2:21
Yet I planted you a choice vine, wholly of pure seed. How then have you turned degenerate and become a wild vine?
Luke 13:6-9
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And he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit on it and found none.
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And he said to the vinedresser, `Lo, these three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down; why should it use up the ground?'
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And he answered him, `Let it alone, sir, this year also, till I dig about it and put on manure.
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And if it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'"
John 15:1-8
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"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.
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Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
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You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you.
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Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.
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I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
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If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned.
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If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.
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By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples.
Romans 11:17-24
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But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, a wild olive shoot, were grafted in their place to share the richness of the olive tree,
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do not boast over the branches. If you do boast, remember it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you.
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You will say, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in."
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That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast only through faith. So do not become proud, but stand in awe.
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For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you.
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Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God's kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness; otherwise you too will be cut off.
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And even the others, if they do not persist in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again.
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For if you have been cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree.
and set
Nehemiah 9:13
Thou didst come down upon Mount Sinai, and speak with them from heaven and give them right ordinances and true laws, good statutes and commandments,
Nehemiah 9:14
and thou didst make known to them thy holy sabbath and command them commandments and statutes and a law by Moses thy servant.
Psalm 78:68
He rejected the tent of Joseph, he did not choose the tribe of E'phraim;
Psalm 78:69
but he chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which he loves.
Psalm 147:19
He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and ordinances to Israel.
Psalm 147:20
He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his ordinances. Praise the LORD!
Ezekiel 20:11
I gave them my statutes and showed them my ordinances, by whose observance man shall live.
Ezekiel 20:12
Moreover I gave them my sabbaths, as a sign between me and them, that they might know that I the LORD sanctify them.
Ezekiel 20:18-20
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"And I said to their children in the wilderness, Do not walk in the statutes of your fathers, nor observe their ordinances, nor defile yourselves with their idols.
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I the LORD am your God; walk in my statutes, and be careful to observe my ordinances,
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and hallow my sabbaths that they may be a sign between me and you, that you may know that I the LORD am your God.
Acts 7:38
This is he who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers; and he received living oracles to give to us.
Acts 7:46
who found favor in the sight of God and asked leave to find a habitation for the God of Jacob.
Acts 7:47
But it was Solomon who built a house for him.
Romans 3:1
Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision?
Romans 3:2
Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews are entrusted with the oracles of God.
Romans 9:4
They are Israelites, and to them belong the sonship, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises;
Romans 9:5
to them belong the patriarchs, and of their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ. God who is over all be blessed for ever. Amen.
and let
Song of Songs 8:11
Solomon had a vineyard at Ba'al-ha'mon; he let out the vineyard to keepers; each one was to bring for its fruit a thousand pieces of silver.
Song of Songs 8:12
My vineyard, my very own, is for myself; you, O Solomon, may have the thousand, and the keepers of the fruit two hundred.
Isaiah 7:23
In that day every place where there used to be a thousand vines, worth a thousand shekels of silver, will become briers and thorns.
and went
Mark 13:34
It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch.
Matthew 25:14
"For it will be as when a man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property;
Luke 15:13
Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living.
Luke 19:12
He said therefore, "A nobleman went into a far country to receive a kingdom and then return.