Understanding the 40 Parables of Jesus Christ: Learn from the greatest teacher Jesus Christ. The gospel taught in stories.

The Parables of Jesus Christ


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This page lists all the parables of Jesus Christ, organized by the gospels they appear in (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). Each parable has a summary of what is being said, followed by the point Jesus is making. Parables are a particular genre of literature that are characterized by having only one meaning. This means that each parable only has one main point, which Jesus often states after telling the story.

The meaning can also be derived from the context of the parable. In a few cases, Jesus does use the same parable in different contexts to make a different point, but that is only because the context has changed.


As an introduction to the Parables of Jesus Christ, read Why Jesus Speaks in Parables. Also related to the parables of Jesus is Jesus Speaks in Figures of Speech, including exaggeration, idioms, and even sarcasm.

Parables of Jesus Christ in Matthew, Mark, and Luke (7)


1. Lamp Under a Basket

2. Unshrunken Cloth on Old Cloak

3. New Wine in Old Wineskins

4. Sower and the Four Soils

5. Mustard Seed

6. The Wicked Tenants

7. Fig Tree (See also "28. Barren Fig Tree" below)


Parables of Jesus Christ in Matthew and Luke Only (5)


8. Wise and Foolish Builders (Two Builders)

9. The Leaven (Yeast)

10. Lost Sheep

11. The Faithful and Wise Servant

12. The Talents & Pounds


Parables of Jesus Christ in Matthew Only (11)


13. The Weeds (Tares)

14. Hidden Treasure

15. Valuable Pearl

16. The Fishing Net

17. Treasures New and Old (Master of a Household)

18. Unforgiving Servant

19. Workers in the Vineyard

20. Two Sons

21. Wedding Banquet

22. Ten Bridesmaids (Virgins)

23. Sheep and Goats


Parables of Jesus Christ in Luke Only (15)


24. The Creditor (Two Debtors)

25. The Good Samaritan

26. Friend in Need

27. Rich Fool (See also "35. Rich Man and Lazarus" below)

28. Barren Fig Tree

29. Lowest Seat at the Banquet

30. The Great Dinner

31. Cost of Discipleship

32. Lost Coin

33. Prodigal Son

34. Dishonest Manager

35. Rich Man and Lazarus

36. The Master and the Servant

37. The Persistent Widow

38. The Pharisee and Tax Collector


Parables of Jesus Christ in Mark Only (1)


39. Growing Seed


Parables of Jesus Christ in Mark and Luke Only (1)


40. Watchful Servants

God's Truth Taught in Stories


Understanding the 40 Parables of Jesus Christ: Learn from the greatest teacher Jesus Christ. The gospel taught in stories.

God's truth taught in stories: Study the parables of Jesus in this easy-to-read 40 day devotional.

This devotional takes the unique approach of understanding Jesus' parables by examining the genre, scriptural context, and historical culture. Your life will be transformed by studying the parables of Jesus Christ.

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