An overall look at parables: Their purpose and who they are addressed to.


Ps 49:4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.

Pr 1:6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

Mt 13:34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:

Mt 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

Mt 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries <3466> of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Mt 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

Eze 20:49 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?

Eph 5:32 This is a great mystery <3466>: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Col 4:3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery <3466> of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

Ro 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery <3466>, which was kept secret since the world began,

2Th 2:7 For the mystery <3466> of INIQUITY doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

1Co 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery <3466>; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

Re 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery <3466> of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

Re 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY <3466>, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.


1Co 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing <4793> spiritual {} <4152> with spiritual <4152>.

1Co 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual <4152> meat;

1Co 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual <4152> drink: for they drank of that spiritual <4152> ROCK that followed them: and that Rock was CHRIST.

1Co 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual <4152> gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual <4152> house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual <4152> sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Col 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual <4152> understanding;

Pr 8:14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.

1Co 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual <4152>, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.


Eze 17:2 Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the HOUSE OF ISRAEL;

Eze 24:3 And utter a parable unto the rebellious house, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Set on a pot, set it on, and also pour water into it:

Mic 2:4 In that day shall one take up a parable against you (those who devise iniquity), and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me! turning away he hath divided our fields.

Hab 2:6 Shall not all these take up a parable against HIM, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!

Mr 12:12 And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against THEM: and they left him, and went their way.

Lu 20:9 Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time.

Lu 20:19 And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the people: for they perceived that he had spoken this parable AGAINST them.


Da 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

Joh 16:25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.

Lu 12:12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.

Joh 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Mr 4:34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.


The Bible appears to be equating parables or proverbs to the mystery of Christ and the Church (kingdom of God). God uses parables to blind those in the church who remain under His wrath. They cannot and will not understand the spiritual nature of parables unless God would reveal it to them. To the Elect, He is no longer speaking in provers as He unseal the Bible to them in bringing them out of Babylon.