The Parables of Jesus: A Complete List

Embark on a journey through the parables of Jesus Christ as recounted in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. These timeless stories, rich in wisdom and spiritual guidance, are a testament to the teachings of our Lord and Savior. As we explore these parables, let us open our hearts and minds to the profound lessons they hold, allowing them to shape and enrich our Christian walk.

Parables of Jesus


  1. Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:3-9) - Also in Mark 4:3-9 and Luke 8:5-8
  2. Parable of the Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30)
  3. Parable of the Mustard Seed (Matthew 13:31-32) - Also in Mark 4:30-32 and Luke 13:18-19
  4. Parable of the Yeast (Matthew 13:33) - Also in Luke 13:20-21
  5. Parable of the Hidden Treasure (Matthew 13:44)
  6. Parable of the Pearl (Matthew 13:45-46)
  7. Parable of the Net (Matthew 13:47-50)
  8. Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (Matthew 18:23-35)
  9. Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16)
  10. Parable of the Two Sons (Matthew 21:28-32)
  11. Parable of the Tenants (Matthew 21:33-46) - Also in Mark 12:1-12 and Luke 20:9-19
  12. Parable of the Wedding Banquet (Matthew 22:1-14) - Similar to Luke 14:15-24
  13. Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13)
  14. Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) - Similar to Luke 19:11-27
  15. Parable of the Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25:31-46)


  1. Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:3-9) - Also in Matthew 13:3-9 and Luke 8:5-8
  2. Parable of the Lamp (Mark 4:21-25)
  3. Parable of the Growing Seed (Mark 4:26-29)
  4. Parable of the Mustard Seed (Mark 4:30-32) - Also in Matthew 13:31-32 and Luke 13:18-19
  5. Parable of the Tenants (Mark 12:1-12) - Also in Matthew 21:33-46 and Luke 20:9-19


  1. Parable of the Sower (Luke 8:5-8) - Also in Matthew 13:3-9 and Mark 4:3-9
  2. Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37)
  3. Parable of the Friend in Need (Luke 11:5-8)
  4. Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:16-21)
  5. Parable of the Watchful Servants (Luke 12:35-40)
  6. Parable of the Barren Fig Tree (Luke 13:6-9)
  7. Parable of the Mustard Seed (Luke 13:18-19) - Also in Matthew 13:31-32 and Mark 4:30-32
  8. Parable of the Yeast (Luke 13:20-21) - Also in Matthew 13:33
  9. Parable of the Narrow Door (Luke 13:23-30)
  10. Parable of the Great Banquet (Luke 14:15-24) - Similar to Matthew 22:1-14
  11. Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:3-7) - Similar to Matthew 18:12-14
  12. Parable of the Lost Coin (Luke 15:8-10)
  13. Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)
  14. Parable of the Dishonest Manager (Luke 16:1-13)
  15. Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)
  16. Parable of the Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8)
  17. Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14)
  18. Parable of the Ten Minas (Luke 19:11-27) - Similar to Matthew 25:14-30


There are no parables in the Gospel of John. Jesus uses metaphors, allegories, and discourses in this Gospel, but not parables in the same sense as in the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke).


The parables of Jesus Christ offer a wealth of wisdom and guidance for our journey. As we study and reflect on these powerful stories, let us strive to apply thees teachings in our daily lives, growing ever closer to the heart of God.

As you read and contemplate these parables, I encourage you to take them to heart, seeking the Holy Spirit's guidance in understanding their meaning and significance. May the wisdom found within these stories inspire and strengthen your faith, and may you experience the transformative power of God's Word in your life. Amen.


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