Parable
    Footnotes

    Parable

    A simple story used to illustrate and teach a spiritual truth or principle. A parable is based on comparing an ordinary object or event to a truth, and the underlying meaning or message of a parable is often hidden to listeners who are not spiritually prepared to receive it (Matt. 13:10–17).

    Jesus often taught with parables. For a listing of His key parables, see Harmony of the Gospels in the appendix.