36 Parables

Thirty-seven of The Son of Man’s parables were documented in the New Testament. These 36 parables are:

  1. The Barren Fig Tree / Luke 13:6–9
  2. The Budding Fig Tree / Matthew 24:32–35 / Mark 13:28–31/ Luke 21:29–33
  3. The Counting the Cost / Luke 14:28–33
  4. The Dragnet / Matthew 13:47–50
  5. The Faithful Servant / Matthew 24:42–51 / Mark 13:34–37 / Luke 12:35–48
  6. The Friend at Night / Luke 11:5–8
  7. The Good Samaritan / Luke 10:25–37  
  8. The Growing Seed / Mark 4:26–29
  9. The Hidden Treasure / Matthew 13:44
  10. The Lamp Under a Bushel / Matthew 5:14–15 / Mark 4:21–25 / Luke 8:16–18
  11. The Leaven / Matthew 13:33–33 / Luke 13:20–21
  12. The Lost Coin / Luke 15:8–9
  13. The Lost Sheep or Good Shepherd / Matthew 18:10–14 / Luke 15:4–6
  14. The Master and Servant / Luke 17:7–10
  15. The Mustard Seed / Matthew 13:31–32 / Mark 4:30–32 / Luke 13:18–19
  16. The New Wine into Old Wineskins / Matthew 9:16–17 / Mark 2:21–22 / Luke 5:37–39
  17. The Pearl / Matthew 13:45–46
  18. The Pharisees and the Publican / Luke 18:9–14
  19. The Prodigal Son / Luke 15:11–32
  20. The Rich man and Lazarus / Luke 16:19–31
  21. The Rich Fool / Luke 12:16-21
  22. The Sheep and the Goats / Matthew 25:31–46
  23. The Sower / Matthew 13:3–9 / Mark 4:3–9 / Luke 8:5–8
  24. The Strong Man / Matthew 12:29–29 / Mark 3:27–27 / Luke 11:21–22
  25. The Talents / Matthew 25:14–30 / Luke 19:12–27
  26. The Ten Virgins / Matthew 25:1–13 / Luke 12:16–21
  27. The Two Debtors / Luke 7:41–43
  28. The Two Sons / Matthew 21:28–32
  29. The Unforgiving Servant / Matthew 18:23–35
  30. The Unjust Judge / Luke 18:1–8
  31. The Unjust Steward / Luke 16:1–13
  32. The Wicked Husbandmen / Matthew 21:33–41 / Mark 12:1–9 / Luke 20:9–16
  33. The Wise and the Foolish Builders / Matthew 7:24–27 / Luke 6:46–49
  34. The Wedding Feast / Matthew 22:1–14 / Luke 14:15–24
  35. The Wheat &Tares / Matthew 13:24–30 / Luke 14:7–14
  36. The Workers in the Vineyard / Matthew 20:1–16

These 36 parables can be further divided in to seven categories.

  • 15 Parables of the Kingdom of Heaven:
  • 1 Parables about eschatology
  • 1 Parables about judgment
  • 2 Parables about love and forgiveness
  • 3 Parables of loss and redemption
  • 4 Parables about prayer
  • 11 Miscellaneous

KINGDOM PARABLES

  1. The Budding Fig Tree  / Matthew 24:32–35 / Mark 13:28–31 / Luke 21:29–33
  2. The Counting the Cost / Luke 14:28–33
  3. The Dragnet / Matthew 13:47–50
  4. The Wedding Feast / Matthew 22:1–14 / Luke 14:15–24
  5. The Growing Seed / Mark 4:26–29
  6. The Hidden Treasure / Matthew 13:44
  7. The Leaven / Matthew 13:33–35 / Luke 13:20–21
  8. The Mustard Seed / Matthew 13:31–32 / Mark 4:30–32 / Luke 13:18–19
  9. The Pearl / Matthew 13:45–46
  10. The Sower / Matthew 13:3–9 / Mark 4:3–9 / Luke 8:5–8
  11. The Talents  / Matthew 25:14–30 / Luke 19:12–27
  12. The Ten Virgins / Matthew 25:1–13 / Luke 12:16–21
  13. The Unforgiving Servant / Matthew 18:23–35
  14. The Wheat &Tares / Matthew 13:24–30 / Luke 14:7–14
  15. The Workers in the Vineyard / Matthew 20:1–16

ESCHATOLOGY PARABLES

  • The Faithful Servant / Matthew 24:42–51 / Mark 13:34–37 / Luke 12:35–48

JUDGMENT PARABLES

  • The Sheep and the Goats / Matthew 25:31–46

LOVE AND FORGIVENESS PARABLES

  • The Good Samaritan / Luke 10:25–37
  • The Two Debtors / Luke 7:41–43

LOSS AND REDEMPTION PARABLES

  • The Lost Coin / Luke 15:8–9
  • The Lost Sheep or Good Shepherd / Matthew 18:10–14 / Luke 15:4–6
  • The Prodigal Son / Luke 15:11–32

PRAYER PARABLES

  • The Friend at Night / Luke 11:5–8
  • The Pharisees and the Publican / Luke 18:9–14
  • The Two Sons / Matthew 21:28–32
  • The Unjust Judge / Luke 18:1–8

MISCELLENIOUS PARABLES

  • The Barren Fig Tree / Luke 13:6–9
  • The Lamp Under a Bushel / Matthew 5:14–15 / Mark 4:21–25 /Luke 8:16–18
  • The Master and Servant / Luke 17:7–10
  • The New Wine into Old Wineskins / Matthew 9:16–17 / Mark 2:21–22 / Luke 5:37–39
  • The Rich man and Lazarus / Luke 16:19–31
  • The Rich Fool / Luke 12:16-21
  • The Strong Man / Mark 3:27 / Luke 11:21–22
  • The Unjust Steward / Luke 16:1–13
  • The Wicked Husbandmen / Matthew 21:33–41 / Mark 12:1–9 / Luke 20:9–16
  • The Wise and the Foolish Builders / Matthew 7:24–27 / Luke 6:46–49
  • The Wedding Feast / Luke 14:7–14

Of the 36 parables, only three explanations to the disciples were ever documented.  These three parables are:

  1. The Dragnet / Matthew 13:47–50
  2. The Sower / Matthew 13:3–9 / Mark 4:3–9 / Luke 8:5–8
  3. The Wheat &Tares / Matthew 13:24–30 / Luke 14:7–14
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