Parable of the Pearl


Parable of the Pearl: Matthew 13. 45-46

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he

found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

New International Version (NIV)

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A merchant went in search of pearls one bright and sunny day,


He longed to find a rare one, but wondered what he’d pay?


When suddenly, among the pearls, he spied one of the best,

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HIs eyes popped out, there was no doubt, forgot about the rest.

He sold his . . .


house, his field, his sword and shield, his hat from Jericho,


His pocket knife, even his wife, and shouted “Tally ho!”

He sold his . . .


His dogs and rats, well fancy that, an elephant from Bombay

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His horse, and plough, his bull and cow, but still had more to pay,


He gave a squeal, made a deal, got straight onto the phone,

informed the bank, he was quite frank, and sold all that he owned.

And everything like clockwork went, according to his plan.

He bought the finest pearl of all, now he’s a happier man.

He sold his

Bumble bees, his cat with fleas, his snakes from Timbuktu!

His bed and shed, (his cheeks turned red) and his pet kangaroo,

He sold his . . .

Pigs and sheep it made him weep, his blankets from Peru.

All these were worth the sacrifice, the best thing he could do.

© Sheila Hamil January 17th 2014