The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;
While men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares (weeds) among the wheat and went his way. When the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.
So the servants came and said to him, Didn’t you sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares? He said to them, An enemy has done this.
Do you want us to go and gather the tares?
No, lest you uproot the wheat while you gather up the tares. Let both grow together until the harvest. At the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, then gather the wheat into my barn.
Then Jesus explained the parable in Matthew 37-43.
The one who sows the good seed – The Son of man (Christ)
The field – the world
The good seed – the sons of the kingdom
The tares – the sons of the evil one
The enemy that sowed the tares – the devil
The harvest – the end of the world
The reapers – angels
At the end of the world, the Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather all things that offend, and them which do iniquity and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
Other parables in Matthew 13
Parable of the Leaven – vs 33
Parable of the Treasure – vs 44
Parable of the Merchant – vs 45-46
Parable of the Net – vs 47-50
Parable of the Householder – vs 52
Mark 4 includes:
Parable of the Seed – vs 26-29
Parable of the Mustard Seed – vs 30-32
Matthew 13:34-35 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them; That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. (Psalm 78:2)
…And when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples. (Mark 4:34) Jesus said to them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. (Matthew 13:51)