- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
The parable of the sower (see also Mark 4:1-9; Luke 8:4-15). Jesus spoke many things in parables, saying, "Behold, a farmer went out to sow. As he sowed, some seeds fell by the roadside, and the birds came and devoured them. Others fell on rocky ground, where they didn't have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of earth. Others fell on good soil, and yielded fruit: some one hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty."
- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
The parable of the weeds (vv. 24-30). The Kingdom of God (vv. 36-43). "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found, and hid. In his joy, he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field. Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a merchant seeking fine pearls, who having found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it."
- Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
The parable of the mustard seed (13:31-32; see also Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13:18-19). The parable of the yeast (13:33; see also Luke 13:20-21). Three short parables (13:44-50). Old and new treasures (13:51-52). "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field; which indeed is smaller than all seeds. But when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches."