What are the parables that Jesus taught?

by Matt Slick

Jesus spoke a great deal in parables. A parable is an illustration, a story that is designed to teach a lesson. Jesus used them frequently and cited the common culture, norms, and situation of the time he was in so as to teach the listeners in terms they would understand.

Following is a list of the parables of Jesus taken from the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, published by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville Tennessee, 2003.

1.    The speck and the logMatt 7:1–6; Luke 6:37–43
2.    The two housesMatt 7:24–27; Luke 6:47–49
3.    Children in the marketplaceMatt 11:16–19; Luke 7:32
4.    The two debtorsLuke 7:41
5.    The unclean spiritMatt 12:43–45; Luke 11:24–26
6.    The rich man’s meditationLuke 12:16–21
7.    The barren fig treeLuke 13:6–9
8.    The sowerMatt 13; 3–8; Mark 4:3–8; Luke 8:5–8
9.     The taresMatt 13:24–30
10.   The seedMark 4:20
11.   The grain of mustard seedMatt 13:31–32; Mark 4:31–32; Luke 13:19
12.   The leavenMatt 13:33; Luke 13:21
13.   The lampMatt 5:15; Mark 4:21; Luke 8:16; 11:33
14.   The dragnetMatt 13:47–48
15.   The hidden treasureMatt 13:44
16.   The pearl of great valueMatt 13:45–46
17.   The householderMatt 13:52
18.   The marriageMatt 9:15; Mark 2:19–20; Luke 5:34–35
19.   The patched garmentMatt 9:16; Mark 2:21; Luke 5:36
20.   The wine bottlesMatt 9:17; Mark 2:22; Luke 5:37
21.   The harvestMatt 9:37; Luke 10:2
22.   The opponentMatt 5:25; Luke 12:58
23.   Two insolvent debtorsMatt 18:23–35
24.   The Good SamaritanLuke 10:30–37
25.   The three loavesLuke 11:5–8
26.   The good shepherdJohn 10:1–16
27.   The narrow gateMatt 7:14; Luke 13:24
28.   The guestsLuke 14:7–11
29.   The Great BanquetMatt 22:2–9; Luke 14:16–23
30.   The wedding clothesMatt 22:10–14
31.   The towerLuke 14:28–30
32.   The king going to warLuke 14:31
33.   The lost sheepMatt 18:12–13; Luke 15:4–7
34.   The lost coinLuke 15:8–9
35.   The Prodigal SonLuke 15:11–32
36.   The Unjust StewardLuke 16:1–9
37.   The rich man and Lazarus1Luke 16:19–31
38.   The slave’s dutyLuke 17:7–10
39.   Laborers in the vineyardMatt 20:1–16
40.   The talentsMatt 25:14–30; Luke 19:11–27
41.   The importunate widowLuke 18:2–5
42.   The Pharisee and tax-gathererLuke 18:10–14
43.   The two sonsMatt 21:28
44.   The wicked vine-growersMatt 21:33–43; Mark 12:1–9; Luke 20:9–15
45.   The Fig TreeMatt 24:32; Mark 13:28; Luke 21:29–30
46.   The watching slaveMatt 24:43; Luke 12:39
47.   The man on a journeyMark 13:34
48.   Character of two slavesMatt 24:45–51; Luke 12:42–46
49.   The ten virginsMatt 25:1–12
50.   The watching slavesLuke 12:36–38
51.   The vine and branchesJohn 15:1–6
  • 1. No. 37 is often cited as a parable. However, it most probably is not because it sites a person by name. Therefore, it seems to be an actual event.
 
 
About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.