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Matthew 13:37

ESV He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.
NIV He answered, 'The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.
NASB And He said, 'The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man,
CSB He replied, "The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man;
NLT Jesus replied, 'The Son of Man is the farmer who plants the good seed.
KJV He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;

What does Matthew 13:37 mean?

Jesus begins to explain to His disciples the meaning behind a parable that He taught to a large crowd (Matthew 13:24–30). Now the crowd is gone, and Jesus and His disciples are alone in a house, likely in Capernaum (Matthew 13:36). The parable began with Jesus comparing the kingdom of heaven to a man who planted good seed in his field. In that parable, the man who sowed a field represents Jesus Himself, the "Son of Man."

The title "Son of Man" is how Jesus most often described Himself (Matthew 26:24; Mark 2:10; Luke 7:34; John 8:28). He was a literal son of man in the sense that He was fully human. However, this is also an important symbol of the Messiah, taken from a vision seen by Daniel (Daniel 7:13–14). Jesus Christ was also this "Son of Man" described as ruling over all peoples forever. Jesus was both man and God, and the fulfillment of prophecy, which may be why He took on this specific descriptor so frequently.
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