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A parable is a short narrative which consists of an implicit but detailed analogy between its component parts and a lesson which it seeks to inculcate it has been aptly said that a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning lt does not employ abstract concepts as characters lt makes use of ordinary men and the happenings of the material world it the opinion of bain a parable is really a short allegory the parable of the sower taken from the new testament is given below.

A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed,  some fell by the wayside; and it was trodden down and the fowls of the air up it withered away because it lacked moisture and some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it and some fell on good ground and sprang up and bore fruit an hundredfold

Its lesson is as follows the seed is the word of god the seed falling by the wayside represents those from whose hearts the devil takes away the word lest they should believe and be saved the seed falling on the rock stands for those who believe it for a while but forget it at the hour of temptation the seed falling among thorns represents those who are "choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this and bring no fruit to perfection "the seed falling on good ground stands for those who have a good and honest heart ; they hear the word keep it and bring forth fruit with patience. 


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