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1 He continued according to plan, traveled to town after town, village after village, preaching God's kingdom, spreading the Message. The Twelve were with him. 1 After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him,
2 There were also some women in their company who had been healed of various evil afflictions and illnesses: Mary, the one called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out; 2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out;
3 Joanna, wife of Chuza, Herod's manager; and Susanna - along with many others who used their considerable means to provide for the company. 3 Joanna the wife of Cuza, the manager of Herod's household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.
4 As they went from town to town, a lot of people joined in and traveled along. He addressed them, using this story: 4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable:
5 "A farmer went out to sow his seed. Some of it fell on the road; it was tramped down and the birds ate it. 5 "A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up.
6 Other seed fell in the gravel; it sprouted, but withered because it didn't have good roots. 6 Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.
7 Other seed fell in the weeds; the weeds grew with it and strangled it. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.
8 Other seed fell in rich earth and produced a bumper crop. "Are you listening to this? Really listening?" 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown." When he said this, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
9 His disciples asked, "Why did you tell this story?" 9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant.
10 He said, "You've been given insight into God's kingdom - you know how it works. There are others who need stories. But even with stories some of them aren't going to get it: Their eyes are open but don't see a thing, Their ears are open but don't hear a thing. 10 He said, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, " 'though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.'
11 "This story is about some of those people. The seed is the Word of God. 11 "This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.
12 The seeds on the road are those who hear the Word, but no sooner do they hear it than the Devil snatches it from them so they won't believe and be saved. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.
13 "The seeds in the gravel are those who hear with enthusiasm, but the enthusiasm doesn't go very deep. It's only another fad, and the moment there's trouble it's gone. 13 Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.
14 "And the seed that fell in the weeds - well, these are the ones who hear, but then the seed is crowded out and nothing comes of it as they go about their lives worrying about tomorrow, making money, and having fun. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.
15 "But the seed in the good earth - these are the good-hearts who seize the Word and hold on no matter what, sticking with it until there's a harvest. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
16 "No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a washtub or shoves it under the bed. No, you set it up on a lamp stand so those who enter the room can see their way. 16 "No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.
17 We're not keeping secrets; we're telling them. We're not hiding things; we're bringing everything out into the open. 17 For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.
18 So be careful that you don't become misers of what you hear. Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess impoverishes." 18 Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him."
19 His mother and brothers showed up but couldn't get through to him because of the crowd. 19 Now Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd.
20 He was given the message, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside wanting to see you." 20 Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you."
21 He replied, "My mother and brothers are the ones who hear and do God's Word. Obedience is thicker than blood." 21 He replied, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice."
22 One day he and his disciples got in a boat. "Let's cross the lake," he said. And off they went. 22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's go over to the other side of the lake." So they got into a boat and set out.
23 It was smooth sailing, and he fell asleep. A terrific storm came up suddenly on the lake. Water poured in, and they were about to capsize. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
24 They woke Jesus: "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" Getting to his feet, he told the wind, "Silence!" and the waves, "Quiet down!" They did it. The lake became smooth as glass. 24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.
25 Then he said to his disciples, "Why can't you trust me?" They were in absolute awe, staggered and stammering, "Who is this, anyway? He calls out to the winds and sea, and they do what he tells them!" 25 "Where is your faith?" he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, "Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him."
26 They sailed on to the country of the Gerasenes, directly opposite Galilee. 26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee.
27 As he stepped out onto land, a madman from town met him; he was a victim of demons. He hadn't worn clothes for a long time, nor lived at home; he lived in the cemetery. 27 When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs.
28 When he saw Jesus he screamed, fell before him, and bellowed, "What business do you have messing with me? You're Jesus, Son of the High God, but don't give me a hard time!" 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don't torture me!"
29 (The man said this because Jesus had started to order the unclean spirit out of him.) Time after time the demon threw the man into convulsions. He had been placed under constant guard and tied with chains and shackles, but crazed and driven wild by the demon, he would shatter the bonds. 29 For Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.
30 Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" 30 Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "Legion," he replied, because many demons had gone into him.
31 And they begged Jesus desperately not to order them to the bottomless pit. 31 And they begged him repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.
32 A large herd of pigs was browsing and rooting on a nearby hill. The demons begged Jesus to order them into the pigs. He gave the order. 32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into them, and he gave them permission.
33 It was even worse for the pigs than for the man. Crazed, they stampeded over a cliff into the lake and drowned. 33 When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
34 Those tending the pigs, scared to death, bolted and told their story in town and country. 34 When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside,
35 People went out to see what had happened. They came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had been sent, sitting there at Jesus' feet, wearing decent clothes and making sense. It was a holy moment, and for a short time they were more reverent than curious. 35 and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus' feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.
36 Then those who had seen it happen told how the demoniac had been saved. 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured.
37 Later, a great many people from the Gerasene countryside got together and asked Jesus to leave - too much change, too fast, and they were scared. So Jesus got back in the boat and set off. 37 Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.
38 The man whom he had delivered from the demons asked to go with him, but he sent him back, saying, 38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying,
39 "Go home and tell everything God did in you." So he went back and preached all over town everything Jesus had done in him. 39 "Return home and tell how much God has done for you." So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.
40 On his return, Jesus was welcomed by a crowd. They were all there expecting him. 40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him.
41 A man came up, Jairus by name. He was president of the meeting place. He fell at Jesus' feet and begged him to come to his home 41 Then a man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, came and fell at Jesus' feet, pleading with him to come to his house
42 because his twelve-year-old daughter, his only child, was dying. Jesus went with him, making his way through the pushing, jostling crowd. 42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.
43 In the crowd that day there was a woman who for twelve years had been afflicted with hemorrhages. She had spent every penny she had on doctors but not one had been able to help her. 43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her.
44 She slipped in from behind and touched the edge of Jesus' robe. At that very moment her hemorrhaging stopped. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
45 Jesus said, "Who touched me?" When no one stepped forward, Peter said, "But Master, we've got crowds of people on our hands. Dozens have touched you." 45 "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you."
46 Jesus insisted, "Someone touched me. I felt power discharging from me." 46 But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me."
47 When the woman realized that she couldn't remain hidden, she knelt trembling before him. In front of all the people, she blurted out her story - why she touched him and how at that same moment she was healed. 47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.
48 Jesus said, "Daughter, you took a risk trusting me, and now you're healed and whole. Live well, live blessed!" 48 Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."
49 While he was still talking, someone from the leader's house came up and told him, "Your daughter died. No need now to bother the Teacher." 49 While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," he said. "Don't bother the teacher any more."
50 Jesus overheard and said, "Don't be upset. Just trust me and everything will be all right." 50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed."
51 Going into the house, he wouldn't let anyone enter with him except Peter, John, James, and the child's parents. 51 When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child's father and mother.
52 Everyone was crying and carrying on over her. Jesus said, "Don't cry. She didn't die; she's sleeping." 52 Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. "Stop wailing," Jesus said. "She is not dead but asleep."
53 They laughed at him. They knew she was dead. 53 They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.
54 Then Jesus, gripping her hand, called, "My dear child, get up." 54 But he took her by the hand and said, "My child, get up!"
55 She was up in an instant, up and breathing again! He told them to give her something to eat. 55 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.
56 Her parents were ecstatic, but Jesus warned them to keep quiet. "Don't tell a soul what happened in this room." 56 Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.