Matthew 13:36 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 13:36, NIV: Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, 'Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.'

Matthew 13:36, ESV: Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.”

Matthew 13:36, KJV: Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.

Matthew 13:36, NASB: Then He left the crowds and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him and said, 'Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.'

Matthew 13:36, NLT: Then, leaving the crowds outside, Jesus went into the house. His disciples said, 'Please explain to us the story of the weeds in the field.'

Matthew 13:36, CSB: Then he left the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field."

What does Matthew 13:36 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Large crowds followed Jesus as He travelled around Galilee. Most of the people were not followers in the sense of being committed to belief in Jesus as the Messiah. Rather, most came to see His miraculous healings or to hear His compelling teaching, but not in any sincere effort to follow God. Jesus described them as the fulfillment of Isaiah's words about a people with dull hearts and no capacity to understand the truth (Matthew 13:13–16).

In this chapter, Jesus had taken a seat on a boat and taught to a large crowd gathered on the beach on the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 13:1–2). Matthew has been clear that Jesus spoke about the kingdom of heaven only in parables (Matthew 13:34). Now He has finished and enters a house, likely in Capernaum, with only His disciples. They ask Him to explain the parable of the weeds and the wheat which He taught to the crowd (Matthew 13: 24–30).

Although Jesus will not explain His parables to the crowds, He is willing to do so for the disciples. He has told them that it has been given to them to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 13:11) and that they have the spiritual willingness to understand in a way the larger crowds cannot (Matthew 13:16; John 7:17).