Luke 8:1-25 (New American Standard)

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Ministering Women

1 Soon afterwards , He began going around from one city and village to another, 1proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him, 2 and also 2some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses: 3Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joanna the wife of Chuza, 4Herod's 5steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means.

Parable of the Sower

4 6When a large crowd was coming together, and those from the various cities were journeying to Him, He spoke by way of a parable: 5 "The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the aair ate it up. 6 "Other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7 "Other seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns grew up with it and choked it out. 8 "Other seed fell into the good soil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great." As He said these things, He would call out, "7He who has ears to hear, blet him hear." 9 8His disciples began questioning Him as to what this parable meant. 10 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 "Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away 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 these have no firm root; cthey believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 "The seed which fell among 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 bring no fruit to maturity. 15 "But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with dperseverance.

Parable of the Lamp

16 "Now 12no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts 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 become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light. 18 "So take care how you listen; 14for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he ethinks he has shall be taken away from him." 19 15And His mother and brothers came to Him, and they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd. 20 And it was reported to Him, "Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wishing to see You." 21 But He answered and said to them, "My mother and My brothers are these 16who hear the word of God and do it."

Jesus Stills the Sea

22 17Now on one of those days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, "Let us go over to the other side of 18the lake." So they launched out. 23 But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on 19the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. 24 They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, "20Master, Master, we are perishing!" And He got up and 21rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and fit became calm. 25 And He said to them, "Where is your faith?" They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, "Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?"
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