A Contemplation of Asaph. "Give ear, O my people, to my law; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done." — Psalm 78:1-4

Parables Plus: A Bible Quiz

Spelling counts on "fill in the blank" questions. Commentary on most questions is provided on your score sheet.

1. T or F: Receiving the Bible as the infallible, authoritative word of God means taking every word of it LITERALLY.


2. took up his parable (or discourse, or oracle)and said, "From Aram Balak has brought me, Moab's king from the mountains of the East, 'Come curse Jacob for me, and come, denounce Israel.

3. The prophet Nathan confronted King David about David's sin involving Uriah and Bathsheba by telling David a parable about:

A.  An eldest son's stolen birthright.
B.  A wicked master and a righteous servant.
C.  A rich man, a poor man, and sheep.
D.  The good, the bad, and the ugly.

4. The "whole armor of God" passage, Ephesians chapter six, is BEST described as a(n):

A. Metaphor   B. Analogy   C. Fiction   D. Parable  

5. Which phrase was NOT spoken by Jesus?

A.  ...to what shall I liken this generation?
B.  These things I have spoken to you in figurative language...
C.  Are not their words like devouring knives?
D.  ...you are like whitewashed tombs...

6. Choose the figure or "mini-parable" NOT found in Scripture:

A.  feet of clay
B.  horns of iron
C.  a clinging sash
D.  valleys exalted (raised up)
E.  a woman sitting on a red beast
F.  a boar out of the woods

7. Jesus likened His generation to:

A.  Children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions
B.  Statist drones careening toward fascist totalitarianism
C.  Adults who suffered from arrested development
D.  Fallen angels

8. Fill in the blanks from Jotham's parable: "The trees once went forth to anoint a over them. And they said to the olive tree, 'Reign over us!' But the olive tree said to them, 'Should I cease giving my , with which they honor God and men, and go to sway over trees?'" (Each blank is one word.)

9. Through His prophet Hosea (12:10) God said, "I have also spoken to the prophets, and I gave numerous visions; and through the prophets I gave parables." This statement should make us:

A.  realize that it is futile to try to understand some portions of the Bible and pray for direct revelation from God.
B.  boldly imaginative in finding the hidden spiritual meaning that lies beneath the surface meaning of each passage.
C.  diligent to consider the immediate and larger context of a passage, and to cross reference other passages that use similar language.
D.  thankful that we have the infallible authority of the Church to interpret the Bible.

10. When king Belshazzar was greatly troubled, his queen encouraged him to seek the counsel of Daniel. She said that "...an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting dreams, solving , and explaining enigmas were found in this Daniel."

11. T or F: The words "PUN" or "PUNS" never appear in any major English translation of the Bible.


12. Choose the figurative statement NOT found in the book of Job:

A.  I am a brother of jackals and a companion of ostriches.
B.  My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
C.  As drought and heat consume the snow waters, so the grave consumes those who have sinned.
D.   My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle.
E.   My justice was like a robe and a turban.

13. The Lord Jesus told many parables to set forth what the Kingdom of Heaven is like. Which similitude was used by Jesus in a kingdom parable?

A. The kingdom of heaven is like a victorious army
B. The kingdom of heaven is like leaven
C. The kingdom of heaven is like a watermelon seed
D. The kingdom of heaven is like a high mountain
E. The kingdom of heaven is like a rod of iron
F. The kingdom of heaven is like the dawn of a clear day

14. Job "part 2". One of these five statements is also NOT found in the record of God's suffering and patient servant:

A.  They are like straw before the wind and like chaff that a storm drives away.
B.  Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward.
C.  They conceive trouble and bring forth iniquity; their womb prepares deceit.
D.  Their righteousness is like whitewash on a boundary stone.
E.  He has set me up for His target.

15. In Jesus' parable of the sower (also called the parable of the soils) the birds represent:

A.  God B.  angels C.  sinners
D.  mercy E.  satan F.  preachers

16. T or F: The "Enigma" encryption/decryption machine, made famous during World War II (but actually invented by German engineer Arthur Scherbius at the end of World War I) has a code based on the Gospel parables at the heart of its operating system.


17. The prophet Ezekiel told the parable(s) of:

A.  A ram and a he-goat.
B.  Two great eagles
C.  A boiling pot of meat
D.  B and C
E.  A and B

18. Through the prophet God used personification and spoke to the mountains of Israel.

19. Which word or term does NOT refer to a kind of Psalm?

A.  Miktam
B.  Song of Ascent
C.  Maskil
D.  Prayer
E.  Song of Descent
F.  Shiggaion

20. T or F: The scribes and chief priests never realized that Christ told parables against them.


21. Complete the proverb: "Like a who throws firebrands, arrows, and death, is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, 'I was only '!" (Each blank is one word.)

22. T or F: In the Law, God says that he speaks to Moses "plainly, and not in dark sayings".


23. Joash king of Israel sent a letter to Amaziah king of Judah containing this parable: "The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, 'Give your daughter to my son as wife.' And a wild beast that was in Lebanon passed by and trampled the thistle." To what did this parable refer?

A.  A secret message Joash had received from the Moabites asking him to ally with them against Amaziah.
B.  Amaziah's previous overture of peace to Joash.
C.  A message that Amaziah sent to Joash which said, "Come, let us face one another in battle."
D.  Refusal on the part of Joash to form a marriage alliance with Amaziah.

24. In the Song of songs which is Solomon's, the lover compares his love to:

A. a ruby   B. a sparrow   C. a horse or horses   D. a cedar

25. Please read Luke 16:19-31, in which Jesus tells of the revelling rich man and Lazarus the poor beggar. Choose the comment below which you believe to be the most Biblically accurate:

A.  Jesus never lied, and He did not say that He was telling a parable here. Neither did Luke, as the one recording what Jesus said, indicate that it was a parable. This is an actual historical event.
B.  Even though there is no statement designating this as a parable, the style indicates that it is one.
C.  The passage is prophecy given in the style of a parable. Sometime after this, Jesus DID raise a man named Lazarus from the dead. And the Pharisees, those spiritual brothers of the rich man, still did not believe.
D.  A damned soul is portrayed here as desiring mercy on the living. Abraham, a saint in glory, is portrayed as calling a damned soul "son." These points militate against receiving the account as an actual historical event.