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And he says: "The human being is like a sensible fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea filled with little fish. Among them the sensible fisherman found a large, fine fish. He threw all the little fish back into the sea, (and) he chose the large fish effortlessly. Whoever has ears to hear should hear." © Patterson-Robinson
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And he says: "The human being is like a sensible fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea filled with little fish. Among them the sensible fisherman found a large, fine fish. He threw all the little fish back into the sea, (and) he chose the large fish effortlessly. Whoever has ears to hear should hear


Matthew 13:47-48

47"Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away.
Other New Testament Parallels

Matthew, Mark, Luke, Revelations, but not John or Paul
"He who has ears, let them hear" and similar sayings
Hebrew/Jewish/Samaritan Parallels

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Other Parallels

Aesop (Babrius 4)

A fisherman was drawing up a net which he had cast into the sea, full of all sorts of fish. The Little Fish escaped through the meshes of the net, and got back into the deep, but the Great Fish were all caught and hauled into the ship. Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety.

Clement of Alexandria, Miscellanies 6.11.95.3
the kingdom of heaven is like a person who cast a net into the sea and, from the multitude of fish that were caught, chose the better.

Philoxenas Homilies I.9
Then one will see the fisherman cast his net into the sea of the world and fill it with fish, small and great. . . . At that time he will draw his net and bring it up to the shore of the sea, as he set it, and he will choose the good fish and will put them in his vessels, . . . and he will throw away the wicked ones into utter darkness, where there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
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