I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp
I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouths of fools.
Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel;
Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
A parable is a succinct story, in prose or verse, which illustrates one or more instructive principles, or lessons, or (sometimes) a normative principle. It differs from a fable in that fables use animals, plants, inanimate objects, and forces of nature as characters, while parables generally feature human characters. It is a type of analogy.
Some scholars of the Canonical gospels and the New Testament apply the term "parable" only to the parables of Jesus, though that is not a common restriction of the term. Parables such as "The Prodigal Son" are central to Jesus' teaching method in both the canonical narratives and the apocrypha.
Etymology: The word "parable" comes from the Greek παραβολή (parabolē), meaning "comparison, illustration, analogy". It was the name given by Greek rhetoricians to any fictive illustration in the form of a brief narrative. Later it came to mean a fictitious narrative, generally referring to something that might naturally occur, by which spiritual and moral matters might be conveyed.
Definition of: PARABLE
example; specifically: a usually short fictitious story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle
Examples of PARABLE
He told the children a parable about the importance of forgiveness. (for giving)
the parable of the Good Samaritan
Origin of PARABLE
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin parabola, from Greek parabolē comparison, from paraballein to compare, from para- + ball (pare of balls) to throw, more at devil
First Known Use: 14th century
Related to PARABLE
Synonyms: apologue, fable, allegory Related Words: beast fable, bestiary; morality play; legend, myth, mythology, narrative, tale (Ref.) merriam-webster
Ball (plural balls)
A solid or hollow sphere.
An object, generally spherical, used for playing games.
A quantity of string, thread, etc., wound into a spherical shape.
ball of wool
Any simple game involving a ball.
The children were playing ball on the beach.
The children were playing ball in the garden.
(baseball) A pitch that falls outside of the strike zone.
(pinball) An opportunity to launch the pinball into play.
If you get to a million points, you get another ball.
(ballistics) A solid, spherical nonexplosive missile for a cannon, etc.
(ballistics) A jacketed non-expanding bullet, typically of military origin.
(mathematics) The set of points in a metric space lying within a given distance (the radius) of a given point; specifically, the homologue of the disk in a Euclidean space of any number of dimensions.
(mathematics, more generally) The set of points in a topological space lying within some open set containing a given point; the analogue of the disk in a Euclidean space.
(mildly vulgar, slang, usually in plural) A testicle.
(mildly vulgar, slang, in the plural) Nonsense.
That’s a load of balls, and you know it! — Synonyms — See Wikisaurus:nonsense
(slang, in the plural) Courage. I doubt he’s got the balls to cut them off. (Ref.) wiktionary
Many of Jesus' parables refer to simple everyday things, such as a woman baking bread (parable of the Leaven), a man knocking on his neighbor's door at night (parable of the Friend at Night), or the aftermath of a roadside mugging (parable of the Good Samaritan); yet they deal with major religious themes, such as the growth of the Kingdom of God, the importance of prayer, and the meaning of love.
(The Lord is Come, honor all men)