1Now it happened that after this he made his way through towns and villages preaching and proclaimingthe good news of the kingdom of God. With him went the Twelve,
2as wel as certain women who had been cured of evil spirits and ailments: Mary surnamed theMagdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
3Joanna the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out oftheir own resources.
4With a large crowd gathering and people from every town finding their way to him, he told this parable:
5'A sower went out to sow his seed. Now as he sowed, some fel on the edge of the path and wastrampled on; and the birds of the air ate it up.
6Some seed fell on rock, and when it came up it withered away, having no moisture.
7Some seed fell in the middle of thorns and the thorns grew with it and choked it.
8And some seed fell into good soil and grew and produced its crop a hundredfold.' Saying this he cried,'Anyone who has ears for listening should listen!'
9His disciples asked him what this parable might mean,
10and he said, 'To you is granted to understand the secrets of the kingdom of God; for the rest it remainsin parables, so that they may look but not perceive, listen but not understand.
11'This, then, is what the parable means: the seed is the word of God.
12Those on the edge of the path are people who have heard it, and then the devil comes and carriesaway the word from their hearts in case they should believe and be saved.
13Those on the rock are people who, when they first hear it, welcome the word with joy. But these haveno root; they believe for a while, and in time of trial they give up.
14As for the part that fell into thorns, this is people who have heard, but as they go on their way they arechoked by the worries and riches and pleasures of life and never produce any crops.
15As for the part in the rich soil, this is people with a noble and generous heart who have heard the wordand take it to themselves and yield a harvest through their perseverance.
16'No one lights a lamp to cover it with a bowl or to put it under a bed. No, it is put on a lamp-stand sothat people may see the light when they come in.
17For nothing is hidden but it will be made clear, nothing secret but it will be made known and brought tolight.
18So take care how you listen; anyone who has, wil be given more; anyone who has not, wil bedeprived even of what he thinks he has.'
19His mother and his brothers came looking for him, but they could not get to him because of the crowd.
20He was told, 'Your mother and brothers are standing outside and want to see you.'
21But he said in answer, 'My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and put it intopractice.'
22It happened that one day he got into a boat with his disciples and said to them, 'Let us cross over tothe other side of the lake.' So they set out,
23and as they sailed he fel asleep. When a squall of wind came down on the lake the boat startedshipping water and they found themselves in danger.
24So they went to rouse him saying, 'Master! Master! We are lost!' Then he woke up and rebuked thewind and the rough water; and they subsided and it was calm again.
25He said to them, 'Where is your faith?' They were awestruck and astounded and said to one another,'Who can this be, that gives orders even to winds and waves and they obey him?'
26They came to land in the territory of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee.
27He was stepping ashore when a man from the city who was possessed by devils came towards him;for a long time the man had been living with no clothes on, not in a house, but in the tombs.
28Catching sight of Jesus he gave a shout, fel at his feet and cried out at the top of his voice, 'What doyou want with me, Jesus, son of the Most High God? I implore you, do not torture me.'
29For Jesus had been tel ing the unclean spirit to come out of the man. It had seized on him a greatmany times, and then they used to secure him with chains and fetters to restrain him, but he would always breakthe fastenings, and the devil would drive him out into the wilds.
30Jesus asked him, 'What is your name?' He said, 'Legion' -- because many devils had gone into him.
31And these begged him not to order them to depart into the Abyss.
32Now there was a large herd of pigs feeding there on the mountain, and the devils begged him to letthem go into these. So he gave them leave.
33The devils came out of the man and went into the pigs, and the herd charged down the cliff into thelake and was drowned.
34When the swineherds saw what had happened they ran off and told their story in the city and in thecountry round about;
35and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus they found the manfrom whom the devils had gone out sitting at the feet of Jesus, wearing clothes and in his right mind; and theywere afraid.
36Those who had witnessed it told them how the man who had been possessed came to be saved.
37The entire population of the Gerasene territory was in great fear and asked Jesus to leave them. So hegot into the boat and went back.
38The man from whom the devils had gone out asked to be al owed to stay with him, but he sent himaway saying,
39'Go back home and report al that God has done for you.' So the man went off and proclaimedthroughout the city al that Jesus had done for him.
40On his return Jesus was welcomed by the crowd, for they were al there waiting for him.
41And suddenly there came a man named Jairus, who was president of the synagogue. He fel at Jesus'feet and pleaded with him to come to his house,
42because he had an only daughter about twelve years old, who was dying. And the crowds were almoststifling Jesus as he went.
43Now there was a woman suffering from a haemorrhage for the past twelve years, whom no one hadbeen able to cure.
44She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak; and the haemorrhage stopped at thatvery moment.
45Jesus said, 'Who was it that touched me?' When they al denied it, Peter said, 'Master, it is the crowdsround you, pushing.'
46But Jesus said, 'Somebody touched me. I felt that power had gone out from me.'
47Seeing herself discovered, the woman came forward trembling, and fal ing at his feet explained in frontof al the people why she had touched him and how she had been cured at that very moment.
48'My daughter,' he said, 'your faith has saved you; go in peace.'
49While he was stil speaking, someone arrived from the house of the president of the synagogue to say,'Your daughter has died. Do not trouble the Master any further.'
50But Jesus heard this, and he spoke to the man, 'Do not be afraid, only have faith and she wil besaved.'
51When he came to the house he al owed no one to go in with him except Peter and John and James,and the child's father and mother.
52They were all crying and mourning for her, but Jesus said, 'Stop crying; she is not dead, but asleep.'
53But they ridiculed him, knowing she was dead.
54But taking her by the hand himself he spoke to her, 'Child, get up.'
55And her spirit returned and she got up at that very moment. Then he told them to give her something toeat.
56Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tel anyone what had happened.
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