Old Testament Parables

Brian Kuehmichel
4/16/2000 & 3/14/2011



29 OLD TESTAMENT PARABLES
compiled by Brian Kuehmichel©
Parables (parabolic sayings) are word pictures using symbolic references to actual things to teach spiritual truths. To Read Scripture Verses - Online Bible
SCRIPTURE QTY PARABLE NAME LOCATION OCCASION DESCRIPTION STUDY AIDS
Enacted Parables
Jeremiah 13:1-11 1 The Linen Waist-Cloth While at Jerusalem Prophecy by Jeremiah before captivity The Lord is emphasising that the nation is an evil people, disobedient, haughty and stubborn, idolatrous and impertinent. Link
Jeremiah 18:1-10 1 The Potter While at Jerusalem Prophecy by Jeremiah before captivity The Lord will do to Israel and the nations as a potter does to form a vessel Link
Ezek 4:1-3 1 Jerusalem's Seige Exiled in Chaldea by Chebar River Prior to Jerusalem's Fall Portraying impending doom of Jerusalem Link
Ezek 4:4-6 1 Jerusalem's Iniquity Exiled in Chaldea by Chebar River Prior to Jerusalem's Fall Portraying iniquity of Israel for 390 and Judah for 40 days  
Ezek 4:7-8 1 Jerusalem's Confinement Exiled in Chaldea by Chebar River Prior to Jerusalem's Fall Portraying seige of Jerusalem with its confinement  
Ezek 4:9-12 (13-17) 1 Jerusalem's Starvation Exiled in Chaldea by Chebar River Prior to Jerusalem's Fall Portraying starvation and degradation of inhabitants during seige  
Ezek 5:1-4 (5-17) 1 Jerusalem's Sinfulness Exiled in Chaldea by Chebar River Prior to Jerusalem's Fall Portrays starvation and degradation of inhabitants during seige and later in exile Link
Spoken Parables
Judges 9:7-15 1 The Trees making a King Top of Mount Ger'izim Abim'elech slew his brothers the sons of Jerubba'al Jotham spoke this to show the foolishness of the men of Shechem Link
Judges 14:14 1 Samson's Riddle Timnah Samson at Wedding Honey came out of a lion's carcass Link
2 Samuel 12:1-4 (5-14) 1 The Poor Man's Ewe Lamb Jerusalem - Nathan to King David David's Sin to Bathsheba & Uriah Aids David in Fully Recognizing His Own Sins Link
2 Samuel 14:6-11 1 The Woman of Tekoah, etc. Jerusalem before King David Ab'salom's banishment by King David To prompt David to restore Ab'salom to home and family Link
1 Kings 20:38-42 (35-40) 1 The Escaped Prisoner At city of Aphek Ben-ha'dad of Syria fled into city of Aphek A prophet speaks this to test Ahab who thereby condemns himself Link
1 Kings 22:17-19, 19-23 1 The Vision of Micaiah Gate of Sama'ria Inquiring of prophets about retaking Ramoth-gilead Micai'ah the prophet speaks about how God will test Ahab Link
2 Kings 14:8-9 1 The Thistle and Cedar Jerusalem Amazi'ah Judah sought battle with Jeho'ash of Israel Jeho'ash king of Israel said Amazi'ah king of Judah would be squashed in battle Link
Proverbs 23:29-35 1 The Drunkard (Unknown) Counsel from Solomon Speaks against intoxication by alcoholic beverages Link
Proverbs 24:30-34 1 The Sluggard and His Vineyard (Field) (Unknown) Counsel from Solomon Speaks against laziness and neglect leading to poverty and want Link
Eccles. 9:14-15 1 The Poor Wise Man (Unknown) Counsel from Solomon Speaks against lack of appreciation for services received Link
Isaiah 5:1-6 1 God's Vineyard (The Unfruitful Vineyard) (Unknown) Prophecy by Isaiah about Israel's future Vs 1-4 describe and vs 5-6 convey the doom of the vineyard - Israel Link
Isaiah 28:23-29 1 The Plowman (good out of evil) (Unknown) Prophecy by Isaiah God as an husbandman does different kinds of work, each in its right time and proportion. Link
           
Ezekiel 17:1-10 1 The Great Eagles and the Vine Exiled in Chaldea by Chebar River Prophecy by Ezekiel in captivity Nebuchadnezzar would pluck up & carry off Jehoiachin to Babylon; while some would seek help from Pharoah of Egypt Link
Ezekiel 19:2-9 1 The Lion's Whelps Exiled in Chaldea by Chebar River Lament by Ezekiel in captivity The sin and fall of Jehoahaz is described in lament. Link
Ezekiel 23:2-21 1 The Two Harlots Exiled in Chaldea by Chebar River Description of Samaria and Judah's guilt of idolatry The apostasy of Israel and Samaria from God with their ruin; & the apostasy of Judah and Jerusalem from God Link
Ezekiel 24:3-5 1 The Boiling Pot, and it's scum Exiled in Chaldea by Chebar River Jerusalem's impending seige Graphic description of Jerusalem's vileness and impending seige Link
Ezekiel 31:3-18 1 The Cedar in Lebanon Exiled in Chaldea by Chebar River Prophecy by Ezekiel in captivity Spoken against Egypt, it tells of the humbling of Pharaoh. Link
Ezekiel 32:1-16 1 The Sea Monster Exiled in Chaldea by Chebar River Prophecy by Ezekiel in captivity Spoken about Egypt, it tells of the effect on other nations from the humbling of Pharaoh. Link
Ezekiel 34:1-25 1 The Shepherds and the Flock Exiled in Chaldea by Chebar River Prophecy by Ezekiel in captivity Church and state shepherds of Israel are condemned and evicted for neglect of help, mercy, justice, instruction in righteousness to their citizens. Link
Ezekiel 37:1-15 1 The Dry Bones in the valley Exiled in Chaldea by Chebar River Prophecy by Ezekiel in captivity God promises Israel's restoration and deliverance for His glory patterned after the creation of man. Link
Ezekiel 47:1-12 1 The Living Waters Exiled in Chaldea by Chebar River Prophecy by Ezekiel in captivity These waters seem to signify the gospel of Christ spread forth from Jerusalem. Link
Zechariah 11:3-10 1 The True and False Shepherd Exiled in Chaldea by Chebar River Lament by Ezekiel in captivity Describes Israel's moral, spiritual and civil decay and their destruction. Link
 
Last Modified On: July 26, 2004, March 14, 2011

A Parable is a type of analogy presented in a simple spoken or written form, without extraneous detail or distracting circumstances, that generally feature human characters to illustrate a universal moral or spiritual truth. This narrative generally relates a single, simple, consistent action that often involves a character facing a moral dilemma, or making a questionable decision and then suffering the consequences.


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The Old Testament Parables by John MacDougall, B.D.
http://www.scienceofcorrespondences.com/parables.htm (suggests 48 parables)


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