Parable Examples: Jesus, the Old Testament & Fables

A parable is a short fictitious story that is presented to teach a religious principle, simple truth or moral lesson.

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Parables of Jesus

The New Testament of the Holy Bible contains many examples of the parables of Jesus:

  • Parable of the Sower - Matthew 13:3-8
  • Parable of the Weeds - Matthew 13:24-30
  • Parable of the Mustard Seed - Matthew 13:31-32
  • Parable of the Yeast - Matthew 13:33
  • Parable of the Hidden Treasure - Matthew 13:44
  • Parable of the Pearl - Matthew 13:45-46
  • Parable of the Fishing Net - Matthew 13:47-50
  • Parable of the Unmerciful Servant - Matthew 18:23-35
  • Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard - Matthew 20:1-16
  • Parable of the Two Sons - Matthew 21:28-32
  • Parable of the Tenants - Matthew 21:33-46
  • Parable of the Wedding Banquet - Matthew 22:1-14
  • Wise and Faithful Servants - Matthew 24:45-51
  • Parable of the Ten Virgins - Matthew 25:1-13
  • Parable of the Talents - Matthew 25:14-30
  • Parable of the Growing Seed - Mark 4:26-29
  • Traveling Owner of the House - Mark 13:34-37
  • New Cloth on an Old Coat - Luke 5:36
  • New Wine in Old Wineskins - Luke 5:37-38
  • Wise and Foolish Builders - Luke 6:47-49
  • Forgiven Debts - Luke 7:36-50
  • Parable of the Good Samaritan - Luke 10:25-37
  • Friend at Midnight - Luke 11:5-10
  • Parable of the Rich Fool - Luke 12:16-21
  • Unfruitful Fig Tree - Luke 13:6-9
  • Jesus at a Pharisee’s House - Luke 14:7-11
  • Parable of the Great Banquet - Luke 14:16-24
  • Parable of the Lost Sheep - Luke 15:3-7
  • Parable of the Lost Coin - Luke 15:8-10
  • Parable of the Lost Son - Luke 15:11-32
  • Parable of the Shrewd Manager - Luke 16:1-12
  • Parable of the Persistent Widow - Luke 18: 1-8
  • Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector - Luke 18:9-14
  • Parable of the Good Shepherd - John 10: 1-5 and 11-18

Parables from the Old Testament

Examples of the parables from the Old Testament of the Holy Bible:

  • The Eagles and the Vine - Ezekiel 17:2-10
  • Trees Making a King - Judges 9:8-15
  • The Wasted Vineyard - Isaiah 5:1-7
  • Samson: Strong Bringing Forth Sweetness - Judges 14:14
  • Nathan: Poor Man's Ewe Lamb - 2 Samuel 12:1-4
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Fairy Tales and Fables

Examples of fables and fairy tales that are parables:

  • The Ant and the Grasshopper - Aesop
  • The Boy Who Cried Wolf - Aesop
  • The Fox and the Crow - Aesop
  • The Lion and the Mouse - Aesop
  • The Tortoise and the Hare - Aesop
  • The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse - Aesop
  • Beauty and the Beast - Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
  • The Emperor's New Clothes - Hans Christian Andersen

Some Parable Stories

  • The Obstacle in our Path - Teaches that removing an obstacle can be a way to improvement
  • The Story of the Butterfly - Shows that sometimes we need struggles to grow
  • The Brick - Teaches that going too fast can have bad consequences
  • Frog in a Milk Pail - Shows that the frog never gave up and eventually got out of the pail
  • Three Bananas in the Morning and Four in the Afternoon - Teaches that rephrasing something does not really change the meaning
  • 3 Frogs - Asks if three frogs were on a log and one decided to jump, how many were left. The answer is three because the frog only made a decision but did not take action.
  • The River - Shows the importance of stopping something at the source rather than at the end results.

There are many different parable stories that teach different and important lessons.