A short fictitious story that usually uses animals, plants, or inanimate objects as characters to teach a moral lesson. There are two clear examples of this form in the Bible: Jotham’s fable of the thorn tree (Abimelech) that was chosen king instead of more worthy trees (Jerubbaal’s sons; Judg 9:7-15) and Jehoash’s fable of the thorn bush (Amaziah) that arrogantly challenged the cedar of Lebanon (Jehoash) and was trampled (2Kgs 14:9; 1Chr 25:18). In some older English translations, “fables” (Gk. mythos) refer to false teachings that were being urged upon the early church (1Tim 1:4; 2Tim 4:4; 2Pet 1:16). Most newer translations use the word “myths.”

Judg 9:7-15

The Parable of the Trees
7When it was told to Jotham, he went and stood on the top of Mount Gerizim, and cried aloud and said to them, “Listen to me, you lords ... View more

2Kgs 14:9

9King Jehoash of Israel sent word to King Amaziah of Judah, “A thornbush on Lebanon sent to a cedar on Lebanon, saying, ‘Give your daughter to my son for a wife ... View more

1Chr 25:18

18the eleventh to Azarel, his sons and his brothers, twelve;

1Tim 1:4

4and not to occupy themselves with myths and endless genealogies that promote speculations rather than the divine training that is known by faith.

2Tim 4:4

4and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths.

2Pet 1:16

Eyewitnesses of Christ's Glory
16For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we ha ... View more

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