Parables for the crowds (Mt 13:34-13:34)

“Jesus told the crowds

All these things

In parables.

He told them nothing

Without a parable.”

 

Ταῦτα πάντα ἐλάλησεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἐν παραβολαῖς τοῖς ὄχλοις, καὶ χωρὶς παραβολῆς οὐδὲν ἐλάλει αὐτοῖς

 

This explanation of the importance of parables is similar to Mark, chapter 4:33-34.  Jesus, via Matthew, told the crowds all these things in parables (Ταῦτα πάντα ἐλάλησεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἐν παραβολαῖς τοῖς ὄχλοις).  In fact, he told hem nothing that was not a parable (καὶ χωρὶς παραβολῆς οὐδὲν ἐλάλει αὐτοῖς).  Thus, if the crowds did not understand what he was saying, it was not their fault.  Matthew underlines the role of these parables throughout this chapter.