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Parable of the Two Sons

Jesus and John the Baptist (15th century).

The Parable of the Two Sons is a parable told by Jesus in the New Testament, found in Matthew 21:28–32. It contrasts the tax collectors and prostitutes who accepted the message taught by John the Baptist with the "religious" people who did not.


The parable is as follows:


In this parable, Jesus speaks to those who believed they were without sin. The nonbelievers, the tax collectors and prostitutes, were accepting the message taught by John the Baptist and were repenting. The essential message of the parable is that God values actions over words.[1] The parable of the Pharisee and the Publican has a somewhat similar theme.


  1. ^ New Interpreter's Bible, A commentary in twelve volumes, Volume 8, page 412.
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