The Parable of the Net Explained: Meaning & Key Bible Verses


Lord’s Library editors assembled this short resource so you can have the Parable of the Net explained and summarized, with key Scriptures.

In this parable, Jesus uses the analogy of a fishing net to convey a message about the final judgment and the separation of the righteous from the wicked. The net represents the proclamation of the Gospel and the work of the Kingdom of Heaven in the world.

Just as a fishing net gathers fish of all kinds from the sea, the message of the Gospel reaches people from all walks of life, gathering both righteous and wicked. The righteous, symbolized as the good fish, will be gathered into vessels, while the wicked, symbolized as the bad fish, will be cast away.

The parable concludes with a description of the fate of the wicked, who will be cast into the furnace of fire, resulting in wailing and gnashing of teeth.

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Parable of the Net Explained

Have the Parable of the Net explained by reading Matthew 13:47-50:

Matthew 13:47-50

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

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Tim is the Founder of Lord's Library. He believes the Bible commands us to minister "as of the ability which God giveth" (1 Peter 4:11). Tim aspires to be as The Lord's mouth by "taking forth the precious from the vile" (Jeremiah 15:19) and witnessing The Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15: 1-4) to the whole world.

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