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1 After this, while Jesus was traveling through some cities and small towns, he preached and told the Good News about God's kingdom. The twelve apostles 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 and also some women who had been healed of sicknesses and evil spirits: Mary, 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, the wife of Cuza (the manager of Herod's house); Susanna; and many others. These women used their own money to help Jesus and his apostles. 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 When a great crowd was gathered, and people were coming to Jesus from every town, he told them 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 plant his seed. While he was planting, some seed fell by the road. People walked on the seed, and the birds ate it up. 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 Some seed fell on rock, and when it began to grow, it died because it had no water. 6 Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.
7 Some seed fell among thorny weeds, but the weeds grew up with it and choked the good plants. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.
8 And some seed fell on good ground and grew and made a hundred times more." As Jesus finished the story, he called out, "You people who can hear me, listen!" 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 Jesus' followers asked him what this story meant. 9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant.
10 Jesus said, "You have been chosen to know the secrets about the kingdom of God. But I use stories to speak to other people so that: 'They will look, but they may not see. They will listen, but they may not understand.' 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 is what the story means: The seed is God's message. 11 "This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.
12 The seed that fell beside the road is like the people who hear God's teaching, but the devil comes and takes it away from them so they cannot believe it 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 seed that fell on rock is like those who hear God's teaching and accept it gladly, but they don't allow the teaching to go deep into their lives. They believe for a while, but when trouble comes, they give up. 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 The seed that fell among the thorny weeds is like those who hear God's teaching, but they let the worries, riches, and pleasures of this life keep them from growing and producing good fruit. 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 And the seed that fell on the good ground is like those who hear God's teaching with good, honest hearts and obey it and patiently produce good fruit. 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 after lighting a lamp covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. Instead, the person puts it on a lampstand so those who come in will see the light. 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 Everything that is hidden will become clear, and every secret thing will be made known. 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 how you listen. Those who have understanding will be given more. But those who do not have understanding, even what they think they have will be taken away from them." 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 Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him, but there was such a crowd they could not get to him. 19 Now Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd.
20 Someone said to Jesus, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you." 20 Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you."
21 Jesus answered them, "My mother and my brothers are those who listen to God's teaching and obey it!" 21 He replied, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice."
22 One day Jesus and his followers got into a boat, and he said to them, "Let's go across the lake." And so they started across. 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 While they were sailing, Jesus fell asleep. A very strong wind blew up on the lake, causing the boat to fill with water, and they were in danger. 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 The followers went to Jesus and woke him, saying, "Master! Master! We will drown!" Jesus got up and gave a command to the wind and the waves. They stopped, and it became calm. 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 Jesus said to his followers, "Where is your faith?" The followers were afraid and amazed and said to each other, "Who is this that commands even the wind and the water, and they obey him?" 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 Jesus and his followers sailed across the lake from Galilee to the area of the Gerasene people. 26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee.
27 When Jesus got out on the land, a man from the town who had demons inside him came to Jesus. For a long time he had worn no clothes and had lived in the burial caves, not in a house. 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 cried out and fell down before him. He said with a loud voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don't torture me!" 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 He said this because Jesus was commanding the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had taken hold of him. Though he had been kept under guard and chained hand and foot, he had broken his chains and had been forced by the demon out into a lonely place. 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?" He answered, "Legion," because many demons were in him. 30 Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "Legion," he replied, because many demons had gone into him.
31 The demons begged Jesus not to send them into eternal darkness. 31 And they begged him repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.
32 A large herd of pigs was feeding on a hill, and the demons begged Jesus to allow them to go into the pigs. So Jesus allowed them to do this. 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 When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd ran down the hill into the lake and was 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 When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran away and told about this in the town and the countryside. 34 When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside,
35 And people went to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man sitting at Jesus' feet, clothed and in his right mind, because the demons were gone. But the people were frightened. 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 The people who saw this happen told the others how Jesus had made the man well. 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured.
37 All the people of the Gerasene country asked Jesus to leave, because they were all very afraid. So Jesus got into the boat and went back to Galilee. 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 Jesus had healed begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying,
39 "Go back home and tell people how much God has done for you." So the man went all over town telling how much Jesus had done for 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 When Jesus got back to Galilee, a crowd welcomed him, because everyone was waiting for him. 40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him.
41 A man named Jairus, a leader of the synagogue, came to Jesus and fell at his feet, begging him to come to his house. 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 Jairus' only daughter, about twelve years old, was dying. While Jesus was on his way to Jairus' house, the people were crowding all around him. 42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.
43 A woman was in the crowd who had been bleeding for twelve years, but no one was able to heal her. 43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her.
44 She came up behind Jesus and touched the edge of his coat, and instantly her bleeding stopped. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
45 Then Jesus said, "Who touched me?" When all the people said they had not touched him, Peter said, "Master, the people are all around you and are pushing against you." 45 "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you."
46 But Jesus said, "Someone did touch me, because I felt power go out from me." 46 But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me."
47 When the woman saw she could not hide, she came forward, shaking, and fell down before Jesus. While all the people listened, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly 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 to her, "Dear woman, you are made well because you believed. Go in peace." 48 Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."
49 While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of the synagogue leader and said to him, "Your daughter is dead. Don't bother the teacher anymore." 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 When Jesus heard this, he said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid. Just believe, and your daughter will be well." 50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed."
51 When Jesus went to the house, he let only Peter, John, James, and the girl's father and mother go inside with him. 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 All the people were crying and feeling sad because the girl was dead, but Jesus said, "Stop crying. She is not dead, only asleep." 52 Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. "Stop wailing," Jesus said. "She is not dead but asleep."
53 The people laughed at Jesus because they knew the girl was dead. 53 They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.
54 But Jesus took hold of her hand and called to her, "My child, stand up!" 54 But he took her by the hand and said, "My child, get up!"
55 Her spirit came back into her, and she stood up at once. Then Jesus ordered that she be given something to eat. 55 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.
56 The girl's parents were amazed, but Jesus told them not to tell anyone what had happened. 56 Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.