Soon afterwards , He began goingaround from one city and village to another, 1proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him,
and also 2somewomenwho had beenhealed of evilspirits and sicknesses: 3Mary who was calledMagdalene, from whomsevendemons had gone out,
and Joanna the wife of Chuza, 4Herod's5steward, and Susanna, and manyotherswho were contributing to their support out of their privatemeans.
46When a largecrowd was comingtogether, and those from the variouscities were journeying to Him, He spoke by way of a parable:
5"The sowerwent out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, somefellbeside the road, and it was trampledunderfoot and the birds of the aairate it up.6"Other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, it witheredaway, because it hadnomoisture.7"Other seed fellamong the thorns; and the thornsgrew up with it and choked it out.8"Other seed fell into the goodsoil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundredtimes as great." As He saidthesethings, He would call out, "7He who hasears to hear, blet him hear."98His disciples began questioning Him as to whatthisparablemeant.
And He said, "9To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that 10SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND.11"Now the parable is this: 11the seed is the word of God.12"Thosebeside the road are those who have heard; then the devilcomes and takesaway the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.13"Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and thesehaveno firm root; cthey believe for a while, and in time of temptationfallaway.14"The seed which fellamong the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bringnofruit to maturity.15"But the seed in the goodsoil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and goodheart, and hold it fast, and bearfruit with dperseverance.
16"Now12noone after lighting a lampcovers it over with a container, orputs it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light.17"13For nothing is hidden that will not becomeevident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light.18"Sotakecarehow you listen; 14for whoeverhas, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, evenwhat he ethinks he has shall be takenaway from him."1915And His mother and brotherscame to Him, and they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd.
And it was reported to Him, "Your mother and Your brothers are standingoutside, wishing to see You."
But He answered and said to them, "My mother and My brothers are these16who hear the word of God and do it."
2217Now on one of those days Jesus and His disciplesgot into a boat, and He said to them, "Let us goover to the otherside of 18the lake."So they launched out.
But as they were sailing along He fellasleep; and a fiercegale of winddescended on 19the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger.
They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, "20Master, Master, we are perishing!" And He got up and 21rebuked the wind and the surgingwaves, and they stopped, and fit becamecalm.
And He said to them, "Where is your faith?" They were fearful and amazed, saying to oneanother, "Whothen is this, that He commandseven the winds and the water, and they obey Him?"
2622Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is oppositeGalilee.
And when He came out onto the land, He was met by a man from the city who was possessed with demons; and who had not put on any clothing for a longtime, and was not living in a house, but in the tombs.
28SeeingJesus, he cried out and fellbefore Him, and said in a loudvoice, "g23What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of 24the MostHighGod? I beg You, do not torment me."
For He had commanded the uncleanspirit to come out of the man. For it had seized him manytimes; and he was bound with chains and shackles and keptunderguard, and yet he would break his bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.
And Jesusasked him, "What is your name?" And he said, "25Legion "; for manydemons had entered him.
They were imploring Him not to command them to goaway into 26the abyss.
32Now there was a herd of manyswinefeedingthere on the mountain; and the demons implored Him to permit them to enterhthe swine. And He gave them permission.
And the demonscame out of the man and entered the swine; and the herdrusheddown the steepbank into 27the lake and was drowned.
When the herdsmensaw what had happened, they ranaway and reported it in the city and out in the country.
The people went out to see what had happened; and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sittingdown28at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his rightmind; and they became frightened.
36Those who had seen it reported to them how the man who was 29demon-possessed had been imadewell.
And all the people of the country of the Gerasenes and the surroundingdistrictasked Him to leave them, for they were gripped with greatfear; and He got into a boat and returned.
3830But the man from whom the demons had gone out was begging Him that he might jaccompany Him; but He sent him away, saying,
39"Return to your house and describewhatgreatthingsGod has done for you."So he wentaway, proclaimingthroughout the wholecitywhatgreatthingsJesus had done for him.
4031And as Jesusreturned, the kpeoplewelcomed Him, for they had allbeenwaiting for Him.
4132And there came a mannamedJairus, and he was an l33official of the synagogue; and he fell at Jesus'feet, and began to implore Him to come to his house;
for he had an monlydaughter, abouttwelveyears old, and she was dying. But as He went, the crowds were pressingagainst Him.
And a woman who had a hemorrhage for twelveyears, and could not be healed by anyone,
44came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His ncloak, and immediately her hemorrhagestopped.
And Jesussaid, "Who is the one who touched Me?" And while they were alldenying it, Petersaid, "34Master, the opeople are crowding and pressing in on You."
But Jesussaid, "Someone did touch Me, for I was aware that 35power had gone out of Me."47
When the womansaw that she had not escapednotice, she cametrembling and felldownbefore Him, and declared in the presence of all the people the reasonwhy she had touched Him, and how she had been immediatelyhealed.
And He said to her, "Daughter, 36your faith has pmade you well; 37go in peace."49
While He was stillspeaking, someonecame from the house of 38the synagogueofficial, saying, "Your daughter has died; do not trouble the Teacheranymore."
But when Jesusheard this, He answered him, "39Do not be afraid any longer; onlybelieve, and she will be qmadewell."51
When He came to the house, He did not allowanyone to enter with Him, exceptPeter and John and James, and the girl'sfather and mother.
52Now they were allweeping and 40lamenting for her; but He said, "Stopweeping, for she has not died, but 41is asleep."53
And they began laughing at Him, knowing that she had died.
He, however, took her by the hand and called, saying, "Child, arise!"55
And her spiritreturned, and she got up immediately; and He gaveorders for something to be given her to eat.
Her parents were amazed; but He 42instructed them to tellnoone what had happened.