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Matthew 13:10-13

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 10 Then the disciples came and said to him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?"

 11 And he answered and said to them, "Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. [See Footnote 1 in Mark 4 to understand why Jesus spoke in parables to hide the meaning of his words from some people.]

 12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.

 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because by their seeing [natural seeing] they do not see [spiritually]; and hearing [naturally] they do not hear [spiritually], neither do they understand.

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Mark 12:1

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 1 Then he began to speak to them in parables: "A certain man planted a vineyard and put a hedge around it, and dug a place for the wine vat and built a tower. Then he leased it out to vine dressers and went into a far country.

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