His parables are drawn from the spheres of domestic and family life as well as business and political affairs.
He used imagery that was familiar to His hearers to guide them to the unfamiliar.
In most parables, assigning allegorical meanings to each of the details can lead to confusion and obscure the point.
“All flesh had corrupted their way on the earth” (Gen. Apostrophe is a figure of speech in which an exclamation is addressed to an object as if it were a person. “‘Throw it to the potter’--that princely price they set on me. Also see Deuteronomy ; Job 38:4-5; Isaiah ; John ; 2 Corinthians ; . “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up” (John ). “From which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place” (Acts ). Also see Leviticus 18:6; 2 Kings ; Ecclesiastes 12:2-7; John . “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. So [Ishbosheth] said to Abner, ‘Why have you gone in to my father’s concubine? They were added to complete the sense of the passage.
“And if it bears fruit, [well.] But if not, after that you can cut it down” (Luke 13:9). Parables are extended figures of comparison that often use short stories to teach a truth or answer a question.
While the story in a parable is not historical, it is true to life, not a fairy tale.
“They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them” (Luke ).
This is a metonomy, because “Moses and the prophets” stands for the writings of Moses and the prophets. Also see 2 Samuel ; Psalm 148:3-4; Ezekiel 36:1,4,8; 1 Corinthians . Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, and are counted as the small dust on the balance; look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing” (Isa. “And they brought the young man in alive, and they were not a little comforted” (Acts ). “The waters saw You, O God; the waters saw You” (Ps. “For His mercy endures forever” is repeated in each verse of Psalm 136. “To another” is repeated in a list of the spiritual gifts (1 Cor. Also see Deuteronomy 28:3-6; Psalm 22:1; ; 1 Corinthians 13:7.