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Habakkuk 2:6 - Won't all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, 'Woe to him who increases that which is not his, and who enriches himself by extortion! How long?'
There were many parables spoken in ancient times and especially in the Bible. The Hebrew word "mashal" referred to a comparison of a familiar earthly thing with a heavenly or spiritual truth that was to be understood.
Parables pointed to the fact that man is made in God's image, he is of the earth but also of the divine. The power of a parable lies in its ability to use a simple every day experience to help the hearer to understand a truth set forth about God's kingdom. Parables help man to perceive the difference between man's kingdom and God's kingdom. The parable leads the listener to a choice, to choose this day whom to serve.
Jesus confirmed all of the parables mentioned in the Old Testament (Luke 11:49-51).
Below is a list of several Old Testament parables.
|List of Parables in the Old Testament|
|The Parables||The Speakers||The Bible Verses|
|The Poor Man's Lamb||Nathan to King David||2 Samuel 12:1-4|
|The 2 Fighting Brothers and the Avengers of Blood||The Wise Widow from Tekoa||2 Samuel 14:1-11|
|The Escaped Prisoner||A Prophet to King Ahab||1 Kings 20:35-40|
|The Fruitless Vineyard||Isaiah to the house of Israel and the men of Judah||Isaiah 5:1-7|
|The 2 Eagles and the Vine||Ezekiel to the house of Israel||Ezekiel 17:3-10|
|The Lioness and her Cubs||Ezekiel to the house of Israel||Ezekiel 19:2-9|
|The Boiling Cauldron||Ezekiel to the house of Israel||Ezekiel 24:3-5|
2 Samuel 12:7 - "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says..."