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parable (noun) short simple story that teaches a moral or a religious lesson, especially one told by Jesus in the Bible.
Short simple stories carrying a moral or illustrating a religious teaching is a parable. Parables are specially the short simple moral stories told by Jesus in the Bible.
- The parable of the prodigal son in the Bible stresses the fact that it is the sinner that needs our help and forgiveness and not the virtuous man.
- The parable of the monk who was in a dilemma over whether to go out and feed the poor or stay with the vision of the Lord appearing before him teachers the moral, 'Do your duty first and leave to God the rest.'