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Matthew 13:45

    Matthew 13:45 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a merchant seeking goodly pearls:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a trader searching for beautiful jewels.

    Webster's Revision

    Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a merchant seeking goodly pearls:

    World English Bible

    "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a merchant seeking fine pearls,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a merchant seeking goodly pearls:

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 13:45

    A merchant man, seeking goodly pearls - A story very like this is found in the Talmudical tract Shabbath: "Joseph, who sanctified the Sabbath, had a very rich neighbor; the Chaldeans said, All the riches of this man shall come to Joseph, who sanctifies the Sabbath. To prevent this, the rich man went and sold all that he had, and bought a pearl, and went aboard of a ship; but the wind carried the pearl away, it fell into the sea, and was swallowed by a fish. This fish was caught, and the day before the Sabbath it was brought into the market, and they proclaimed, Who wishes to buy this fish? The people said, Carry it to Joseph, the sanctifier of the Sabbath, who is accustomed to buy things of great value. They carried it to him, and he bought it, and when he cut it up he found the pearl, and sold it for thirteen pounds weight of golden denarii!" From some tradition of this kind, our Lord might have borrowed the simile in this parable.

    The meaning of this parable is the same with the other; and both were spoken to impress more forcibly this great truth on the souls of the people: - eternal salvation from sin and its consequences is the supreme good of man, should be sought after above all things, and prized beyond all that God has made. Those merchants who compass sea and land for temporal gain, condemn the slothfulness of the majority of those called Christians, who, though they confess that this salvation is the most certain and the most excellent of all treasures, yet seek worldly possessions in preference to it! Alas, for him who expects to find any thing more amiable than God, more worthy to fill his heart, and more capable of making him happy!

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 13:45

    The kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchantman - The meaning is, that the proper seeking for salvation, or the proper conduct in reference to religion, is like the conduct of a "merchantman." In his searches he found one pearl of great value, and sold all his possessions to obtain it. So, says the Saviour, people seeking for happiness and finding the gospel - the pearl of great price - should be willing to sacrifice all other things for this. Pearls are precious stones found in the shells of oysters, chiefly in the East Indies. See the notes at Matthew 7:6. They are valuable on account of their beauty and because they are rare. The value of them is greatly increased by their size. The meaning of this parable is nearly the same as the other. It is designed to represent the gospel as of more value than all other things, and to impress on us the duty of sacrificing all that we possess in order to obtain it.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 13:45

    13:45 The kingdom of heaven - That is, one who earnestly seeks for