The First Great Group of Parables.
(Beside the Sea of Galilee.)
The Parable of the Tares Explained.
A Matt. XIII. 36–43.
a 36 Then he left the multitudes, and went into the
house [probably Simon Peter's house]: and his disciples came unto
him, saying, Explain unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
37 And he answered and said, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of
man; 38 and the field is the world; and the good seed, these are
the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; 39 and the enemy that
sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers
are angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered up and burned
with fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of
man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all
things that cause stumbling, and them that do iniquity, 42 and
shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be the weeping and the
gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the
sun in the kingdom of their Father. He that hath ears, let him hear. [This
parable and its explanation are sometimes urged as an argument against church
discipline, but such a use of them is clearly erroneous. The field is not the
church, but the world, and the teaching of the parable is that we are not to
attempt to exterminate evil men. Any who attempt to exterminate heretics in the
name of Christ by physical force are condemned by this parable.]