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1 Not long afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby cities and villages to announce the Good News concerning the Kingdom of God. He took his twelve disciples 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 along with some women he had healed and from whom he had cast out evil spirits. Among them were Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons; 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 Chuza, Herod's business manager; Susanna; and many others who were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples. 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 One day Jesus told this story to a large crowd that had gathered from many towns to hear him: 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 some seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds came and 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 on shallow soil with underlying rock. This seed began to grow, but soon it withered and died for lack of moisture. 6 Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.
7 Other seed fell among thorns that shot up and choked out the tender blades. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.
8 Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop one hundred times as much as had been planted." When he had said this, he called out, "Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand!" 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 him what the story meant. 9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant.
10 He replied, "You have been permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of God. But I am using these stories to conceal everything about it from outsiders, so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled: 'They see what I do, but they don't really see; they hear what I say, but they don't 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 the meaning of the story: 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 on the hard path represents those who hear the message, but then the Devil comes and steals it away and prevents them from believing and being 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 rocky soil represents those who hear the message with joy. But like young plants in such soil, their roots don't go very deep. They believe for a while, but they wilt when the hot winds of testing blow. 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 thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity. 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 good soil represents honest, good-hearted people who hear God's message, cling to it, and steadily produce a huge 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 would light a lamp and then cover it up or put it under a bed. No, lamps are mounted in the open, where they can be seen by those entering the house. 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 For everything that is hidden or secret will eventually be brought to light and made plain to all. 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 sure to pay attention to what you hear. To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But to those who are not listening, 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 Once when Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him, they couldn't get to him because of the crowds. 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 told Jesus, "Your mother and your brothers are outside, and they want to see you." 20 Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you."
21 Jesus replied, "My mother and my brothers are all those who hear the message of God 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 said to his disciples, "Let's cross over to the other side of the lake." So they got into a boat and started out. 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 On the way across, Jesus lay down for a nap, and while he was sleeping the wind began to rise. A fierce storm developed that threatened to swamp them, and they were in real 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 disciples woke him up, shouting, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" So Jesus rebuked the wind and the raging waves. The storm stopped and all was 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 Then he asked them, "Where is your faith?" And they were filled with awe and amazement. They said to one another, "Who is this man, that even the winds and waves 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 So they arrived in the land of the Gerasenes, across the lake from Galilee. 26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee.
27 As Jesus was climbing out of the boat, a man who was possessed by demons came out to meet him. Homeless and naked, he had lived in a cemetery for a long time. 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 As soon as he saw Jesus, he shrieked and fell to the ground before him, screaming, "Why are you bothering me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Please, 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 For Jesus had already commanded the evil spirit to come out of him. This spirit had often taken control of the man. Even when he was shackled with chains, he simply broke them and rushed out into the wilderness, completely under the demon's power. 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 "What is your name?" Jesus asked. "Legion," he replied -- for the man was filled with many demons. 30 Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "Legion," he replied, because many demons had gone into him.
31 The demons kept begging Jesus not to send them into 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 feeding on the hillside nearby, and the demons pleaded with him to let them enter into the pigs. Jesus gave them permission. 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 So the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the whole herd plunged down the steep hillside into the lake, where they 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 it, they fled to the nearby city and the surrounding countryside, spreading the news as they ran. 34 When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside,
35 A crowd soon gathered around Jesus, for they wanted to see for themselves what had happened. And they saw the man who had been possessed by demons sitting quietly at Jesus' feet, clothed and sane. And the whole crowd was afraid. 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 what happened told the others how the demon-possessed man had been healed. 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured.
37 And all the people in that region begged Jesus to go away and leave them alone, for a great wave of fear swept over them.So Jesus returned to the boat and left, crossing back to the other side of the lake. 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 who had been demon possessed begged to go, too, but Jesus said, 38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying,
39 "No, go back to your family and tell them all the wonderful things God has done for you." So he went all through the city telling about the great thing 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 On the other side of the lake the crowds received Jesus with open arms because they had been waiting for him. 40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him.
41 And now a man named Jairus, a leader of the local synagogue, came and fell down at Jesus' feet, begging him to come home with him. 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 His only child was dying, a little girl twelve years old.As Jesus went with him, he was surrounded by the crowds. 42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.
43 And there was a woman in the crowd who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years. She had spent everything she had on doctors and still could find no cure. 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 fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
45 "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. Everyone denied it, and Peter said, "Master, this whole crowd is pressing up 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 told him, "No, someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing 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 realized that Jesus knew, she began to tremble and fell to her knees before him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately 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 "Daughter," he said to her, "your faith has made you well. Go in peace." 48 Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."
49 While he was still speaking to her, a messenger arrived from Jairus's home with the message, "Your little girl is dead. There's no use troubling the Teacher now." 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 But when Jesus heard what had happened, he said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid. Just trust me, and she will be all right." 50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed."
51 When they arrived at the house, Jesus wouldn't let anyone go in with him except Peter, James, John, and the little girl's father and mother. 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 The house was filled with people weeping and wailing, but he said, "Stop the weeping! She isn't dead; she is only asleep." 52 Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. "Stop wailing," Jesus said. "She is not dead but asleep."
53 But the crowd laughed at him because they all knew she had died. 53 They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.
54 Then Jesus took her by the hand and said in a loud voice, "Get up, my child!" 54 But he took her by the hand and said, "My child, get up!"
55 And at that moment her life returned, and she immediately stood up! Then Jesus 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 overwhelmed, but Jesus insisted that they not tell anyone what had happened. 56 Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.