1Und es geschah danach, dass er nacheinander Städte und Dörfer durchzog, indem er predigte und die gute Botschaft vom Reich Gottes verkündigte; und die Zwölf mit ihm, (Mt 9:35; Mr 1:14; Lu 4:43; Lu 9:2; Lu 13:22)2und einige Frauen, die von bösen Geistern und Krankheiten geheilt worden waren: Maria, genannt Magdalena, von der sieben Dämonen ausgefahren waren, (Mt 27:55; Mr 16:9; Lu 8:30)3und Johanna, die Frau des Chuza, des Verwalters Herodes', und Susanna und viele andere, die ihnen mit ihrer Habe dienten. (Mr 1:31; Lu 23:49; Lu 24:10)
Gleichnis vom Sämann
4Als sich aber eine große Volksmenge versammelte und sie aus jeder Stadt zu ihm hinkamen, sprach er in einem Gleichnis:5Der Sämann ging hinaus, seinen Samen zu säen; und indem er säte, fiel einiges an den Weg, und es wurde zertreten, und die Vögel des Himmels fraßen es auf.6Und anderes fiel auf den Felsen; und als es aufging, verdorrte es, weil es keine Feuchtigkeit hatte.7Und anderes fiel mitten unter die Dornen; und indem die Dornen mit aufwuchsen, erstickten sie es.8Und anderes fiel in die gute Erde und ging auf und brachte hundertfache Frucht. Als er dies sagte, rief er aus: Wer Ohren hat zu hören, der höre! (Lu 14:35)9Seine Jünger aber fragten ihn, was dieses Gleichnis bedeute.10Er aber sprach: Euch ist es gegeben, die Geheimnisse des Reiches Gottes zu wissen, den Übrigen aber in Gleichnissen, damit sie sehend nicht sehen und hörend nicht verstehen. (Joh 12:40)11Dies aber ist die Bedeutung des Gleichnisses: Der Same ist das Wort Gottes. (1Pe 1:23)12Die aber an dem Weg sind die, welche hören; dann kommt der Teufel und nimmt das Wort von ihren Herzen weg, damit sie nicht glauben und gerettet werden.13Die aber auf dem Felsen sind die, welche, wenn sie hören, das Wort mit Freuden aufnehmen; und diese haben keine Wurzel; für eine Zeit glauben sie, und in der Zeit der Versuchung fallen sie ab.14Das aber unter die Dornen fiel, sind die, welche gehört haben und hingehen und durch Sorgen und Reichtum und Vergnügungen des Lebens erstickt werden und nichts zur Reife bringen.15Das in der guten Erde aber sind die, welche in einem redlichen und guten Herzen das Wort, nachdem sie es gehört haben, bewahren und Frucht bringen mit Ausharren. (Ps 119:11; Joh 15:16; 1Th 2:13; Heb 10:36)
Gleichnis von der Lampe
16Niemand aber, der eine Lampe angezündet hat, bedeckt sie mit einem Gefäß oder stellt sie unter ein Bett, sondern er stellt sie auf ein Lampengestell, damit die Hereinkommenden das Licht sehen. (Lu 11:33)17Denn es ist nichts verborgen, was nicht offenbar werden wird, auch ist nichts geheim, was nicht bekannt wird und ans Licht kommt. (Lu 12:2)18Seht nun zu, wie ihr hört! Denn wer hat, dem wird gegeben werden, und wer nicht hat, von dem wird selbst, was er zu haben meint, genommen werden. (Lu 19:26)
Die wahren Verwandten Jesu
19Es kamen aber seine Mutter und seine Brüder zu ihm; und sie konnten wegen der Volksmenge nicht zu ihm gelangen.20Und es wurde ihm berichtet: Deine Mutter und deine Brüder stehen draußen und wollen dich sehen.21Er aber antwortete und sprach zu ihnen: Meine Mutter und meine Brüder sind die, welche das Wort Gottes hören und tun. (Mt 7:24; Lu 11:28)
Stillung des Sturms
22Und es geschah an einem der Tage, dass er in ein Boot stieg, er und seine Jünger; und er sprach zu ihnen: Lasst uns übersetzen an das jenseitige Ufer des Sees. Und sie fuhren ab.23Während sie aber fuhren, schlief er ein. Und es fiel ein Sturmwind auf den See, und das Boot füllte sich mit Wasser, und sie waren in Gefahr.24Sie traten aber hinzu und weckten ihn auf und sprachen: Meister, Meister, wir kommen um! Er aber stand auf, bedrohte den Wind und das Gewoge des Wassers; und sie legten sich, und es trat Stille ein. (Ps 107:6)25Er aber sprach zu ihnen: Wo ist euer Glaube? Erschrocken aber erstaunten sie und sagten zueinander: Wer ist denn dieser, dass er auch den Winden und dem Wasser gebietet und sie ihm gehorchen? (Lu 9:43)
Heilung eines besessenen Geraseners
26Und sie fuhren nach der Landschaft der Gerasener, die Galiläa gegenüberliegt.27Als er aber an das Land gestiegen war, kam ihm ein Mann aus der Stadt entgegen, der Dämonen hatte und seit langer Zeit keine Kleider anzog und nicht im Haus blieb, sondern in den Grabstätten.28Als er aber Jesus sah, schrie er auf und fiel vor ihm nieder und sprach mit lauter Stimme: Was habe ich mit dir zu schaffen, Jesus, Sohn Gottes, des Höchsten? Ich bitte dich, quäle mich nicht. (Lu 4:34)29Denn er hatte dem unreinen Geist geboten, von dem Menschen auszufahren. Denn öfters hatte er ihn gepackt; und er war gebunden mit Ketten und Fußfesseln und bewacht worden, und er zerbrach die Fesseln und wurde von dem Dämon in die Wüsten getrieben. (Mr 9:25; Lu 9:39)30Jesus fragte ihn aber und sprach: Was ist dein Name? Er aber sprach: Legion. Denn viele Dämonen waren in ihn gefahren. (Lu 8:2)31Und sie baten ihn, dass er ihnen nicht gebieten möchte, in den Abgrund zu fahren. (2Pe 2:4; Re 20:3)32Es war aber dort eine Herde von vielen Schweinen, die an dem Berg weideten. Und sie baten ihn, dass er ihnen erlauben möchte, in jene zu fahren. Und er erlaubte es ihnen.33Die Dämonen aber fuhren von dem Menschen aus und fuhren in die Schweine, und die Herde stürzte sich den Abhang hinab in den See und ertrank.34Als aber die Hüter sahen, was geschehen war, flohen sie und verkündeten es in der Stadt und auf dem Land.35Die Leute aber gingen hinaus, um zu sehen, was geschehen war. Und sie kamen zu Jesus und fanden den Menschen, von dem die Dämonen ausgefahren waren, bekleidet und vernünftig zu den Füßen Jesu sitzen; und sie fürchteten sich.36Die es aber gesehen hatten, verkündeten ihnen, wie der Besessene geheilt worden war.37Und die ganze Menge aus der Umgegend der Gerasener bat ihn, von ihnen wegzugehen, denn sie waren von großer Furcht ergriffen. Er aber stieg in das Boot und kehrte wieder zurück. (Ac 16:39)38Der Mann aber, von dem die Dämonen ausgefahren waren, bat ihn, dass er bei ihm bleiben dürfe. Er aber entließ ihn und sprach:39Kehre in dein Haus zurück und erzähle, wie viel Gott an dir getan hat! Und er ging hin und rief aus durch die ganze Stadt, wie viel Jesus an ihm getan hatte. (Ps 126:3; Da 3:32)
Heilung der blutflüssigen Frau - Auferweckung der Tochter des Jaïrus
40Es geschah aber, als Jesus zurückkehrte, nahm ihn die Volksmenge auf, denn alle erwarteten ihn.41Und siehe, es kam ein Mann mit Namen Jaïrus - und er war Vorsteher der Synagoge - und fiel Jesus zu Füßen und bat ihn, in sein Haus zu kommen; (Mt 17:14; Mr 7:25)42denn er hatte eine einzige Tochter von etwa zwölf Jahren, und diese lag im Sterben. Während er aber hinging, drängten ihn die Volksmengen. (Lu 7:12)43Und eine Frau, die seit zwölf Jahren mit einem Blutfluss behaftet war und, obgleich sie ihren ganzen Lebensunterhalt an die Ärzte verwandt hatte, von niemand geheilt werden konnte,44kam von hinten heran und rührte die Quaste seines Gewandes an; und sogleich hörte ihr Blutfluss auf. (De 22:12; Mr 3:10)45Und Jesus sprach: Wer ist es, der mich angerührt hat? Als aber alle es abstritten, sprach Petrus: Meister, die Volksmengen drängen und drücken dich!46Jesus aber sprach: Es hat mich jemand angerührt; denn ich habe gespürt, dass Kraft von mir ausgegangen ist. (Lu 5:17)47Als die Frau aber sah, dass sie nicht verborgen blieb, kam sie zitternd und fiel vor ihm nieder und berichtete vor dem ganzen Volk, um welcher Ursache willen sie ihn angerührt habe und wie sie sogleich geheilt worden sei. (Ps 38:10)48Er aber sprach zu ihr: Tochter, dein Glaube hat dich geheilt. Geh hin in Frieden! (Lu 7:50)49Während er noch redete, kommt einer von dem Haus des Synagogenvorstehers und sagt zu ihm: Deine Tochter ist gestorben. Bemühe den Lehrer nicht! (Joh 11:14)50Als aber Jesus es hörte, antwortete er ihm: Fürchte dich nicht, glaube nur! Und sie wird gerettet werden. (Isa 59:1)51Als er aber in das Haus kam, erlaubte er niemand hineinzugehen außer Petrus und Johannes und Jakobus und dem Vater des Kindes und der Mutter. (Lu 9:28)52Alle aber weinten und beklagten sie. Er aber sprach: Weint nicht! Denn sie ist nicht gestorben, sondern sie schläft. (Lu 7:13)53Und sie lachten ihn aus, da sie wussten, dass sie gestorben war.54Er aber ergriff ihre Hand und rief und sprach: Kind, steh auf! (Lu 7:14)55Und ihr Geist kehrte zurück, und sogleich stand sie auf; und er befahl, ihr zu essen zu geben. (Mt 9:25)56Und ihre Eltern gerieten außer sich; er aber gebot ihnen, niemand zu sagen, was geschehen war. (Lu 5:14)
4And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, (Mt 13:1; Mr 4:1)5“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. (Isa 55:10; Am 9:13)6And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. (Joh 15:6)7And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. (Jer 4:3)8And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Ge 26:12; Mt 11:15)
The Purpose of the Parables
9And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant,10he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ (Isa 6:9; Mt 11:25; Mt 13:13; Mt 19:11; Ro 16:25; 1Co 2:6; Col 1:27; 1Jo 2:20; 1Jo 2:27)11Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. (Mt 13:18; Mr 2:2; Mr 4:13; Mr 4:33; Lu 1:2; Ac 8:4; Jas 1:21)12The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. (Mr 16:16)13And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. (Isa 58:2; Eze 33:31; Ho 6:4; Mr 6:20; Joh 5:35; Ga 1:6; Ga 5:7; 1Ti 4:1; Heb 3:12)14And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. (Mt 6:25; Jas 1:11)15As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. (Ho 14:8; Joh 15:5; Php 1:11; Col 1:6; Heb 10:36; Jas 5:7)
A Lamp Under a Jar
16“No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. (Mt 5:15; Mr 4:21; Lu 11:33)17For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. (Mt 10:26; Lu 12:2; 1Ti 5:25)18Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.” (Mt 13:12; Lu 8:11)
22One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, (Mt 8:23; Mr 4:36; Lu 5:1; Lu 8:33; Joh 6:16)23and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. (Lu 8:22)24And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. (Ps 65:7; Ps 104:7; Mt 14:32; Mr 6:51; Lu 4:39)25He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?” (Mr 1:27; Lu 5:9; Joh 14:27)
Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon
26Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. (Mt 8:28; Mr 5:1)27When Jesus had stepped out on land, there met him a man from the city who had demons. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among the tombs. (Re 18:2)28When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him and said with a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me.” (Ge 14:18; Nu 24:16; Ps 57:2; Isa 14:14; Da 3:26; Mt 14:33; Mr 1:23; Mr 1:26; Lu 1:32; Lu 4:3; Lu 4:9; Lu 4:33; Lu 6:35; Ac 8:7; Ac 16:17)29For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him. He was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.) (Mt 12:43; Lu 11:24)30Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him. (Mt 26:53)31And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. (Re 9:1)32Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them permission.33Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned. (Lu 8:22)34When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country.35Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. (Lu 8:27; Lu 10:39)36And those who had seen it told them how the demon-possessed man had been healed.37Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. (Lu 5:8; Ac 16:39)38The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying,39“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him. (Ps 66:16; Lu 5:14)
Jesus Heals a Woman and Jairus’s Daughter
40Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. (Lu 9:11)41And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus’ feet, he implored him to come to his house, (Mt 9:18; Mr 5:22; Lu 13:14; Ac 13:15; Ac 18:8; Ac 18:17)42for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. As Jesus went, the people pressed around him. (Mr 3:9; Lu 7:12; Lu 8:45)43And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. (Le 15:25; Mr 12:44; Lu 21:4)44She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. (Nu 15:38; De 22:12; Mt 14:36; Mt 15:28; Mt 17:18; Mt 23:5)45And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!”46But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” (Lu 5:17; Lu 6:19; Ac 10:38)47And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed.48And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” (Lu 7:50)49While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” (Lu 7:6; Lu 8:41; Joh 11:28)50But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.”51And when he came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. (Mr 3:17; Mr 14:33; Lu 9:28)52And all were weeping and mourning for her, but he said, “Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping.” (Mt 11:17; Lu 7:13; Lu 23:27; Joh 11:4; Joh 11:11; Ac 20:10)53And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.54But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.” (Mt 11:5; Mr 1:31; Lu 7:14; Lu 7:22; Joh 11:43)55And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given her to eat. (Jud 15:19; 1Sa 30:12)56And her parents were amazed, but he charged them to tell no one what had happened. (Mt 8:4)
New International Version
The Parable of the Sower
1After 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,2and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out;3Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.4While 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. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up.6Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.8Still 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, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”9His disciples asked him what this parable meant.10He 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 parable: The seed is the word of God.12Those 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.13Those on the rocky ground 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.14The 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.15But 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.
A Lamp on a Stand
16“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.17For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.18Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.”
Jesus’ Mother and Brothers
19Now Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd.20Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.”21He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.”
Jesus Calms the Storm
22One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out.23As 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.24The 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“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.”
Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man
26They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee.27When 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.28When 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!”29For Jesus had commanded the impure 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.30Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him.31And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.32A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission.33When 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.34When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside,35and 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.36Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured.37Then 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.38The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying,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.
Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman
40Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him.41Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house42because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.43And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her.44She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.45“Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”46But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”47Then 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.48Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”49While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.”50Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”51When 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.52Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.”53They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.54But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!”55Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.56Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.
New Int. Readers Version
The Story of the Farmer
1After this, Jesus traveled around from one town and village to another. He announced the good news of God's kingdom. The Twelve were with him.2So were some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses. One was Mary Magdalene. Seven demons had come out of her.3Another was Joanna, the wife of Cuza. He was the manager of Herod's household. Susanna and many others were there also. These women were helping to support Jesus and the Twelve with their own money.4A large crowd gathered together. People came to Jesus from town after town. As they did, he told a story. He said,5“A farmer went out to plant his seed. He scattered the seed on the ground. Some fell on a path. People walked on it, and the birds of the air ate it up.6Some seed fell on rocky places. When it grew, the plants dried up because they had no water.7Other seed fell among thorns. The thorns grew up with it and crowded out the plants.8Still other seed fell on good soil. It grew up and produced a crop 100 times more than the farmer planted.” When Jesus said this, he called out, “Those who have ears should listen.”9His disciples asked him what the story meant.10He said, “You have been given the chance to understand the secrets of God's kingdom. But to outsiders I speak by using stories. In that way, “ ‘They see, but they will not know what they are seeing. They hear, but they will not understand what they are hearing.’ (Isa 6:9)11“Here is what the story means. The seed is God's message.12People on the path are those who hear. But then the devil comes. He takes away the message from their hearts. He does it so they won't believe. Then they can't be saved.13Those on the rock are the ones who hear the message and receive it with joy. But they have no roots. They believe for a while. But when they are put to the test, they fall away from the faith.14The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear the message. But as they go on their way, they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures. So they do not reach full growth.15“But the seed on good soil stands for those with an honest and good heart. They hear the message. They keep it in their hearts. They remain faithful and produce a good crop.
A Lamp on a Stand
16“People do not light a lamp and then hide it in a jar or put it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand. Then those who come in can see its light.17What is hidden will be seen. And what is out of sight will be brought into the open and made known.18“So be careful how you listen. If you have something, you will be given more. If you have nothing, even what you think you have will be taken away from you.”
Jesus' Mother and Brothers
19Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him. But they could not get near him because of the crowd.20Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside. They want to see you.”21He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and do what it says.”
Jesus Calms the Storm
22One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let's go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and left.23As they sailed, Jesus fell asleep. A storm came down on the lake. It was so bad that the boat was about to sink. They were in great danger.24The disciples went and woke Jesus up. They said, “Master! Master! We're going to drown!” He got up and ordered the wind and the huge waves to stop. The storm quieted down. It was completely calm.25“Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. They were amazed and full of fear. They asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the waves, and they obey him.”
Jesus Heals a Man Controlled by Demons
26Jesus and his disciples sailed to the area of the Gerasenes across the lake from Galilee.27When Jesus stepped on shore, he was met by a man from the town. The man was controlled by demons. For a long time he had not worn clothes or lived in a house. He lived in the tombs.28When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet. He shouted at the top of his voice, “Jesus, Son of the Most High God, what do you want with me? I beg you, don't hurt me!”29This was because Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many times the spirit had taken hold of him. His hands and feet were chained, and he was kept under guard. But he had broken his chains. And then the demon had forced him to go out into lonely places in the countryside.30Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him.31And they begged Jesus again and again not to order them to go into the Abyss.32A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs. And he allowed it.33When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs. Then the herd rushed down the steep bank. They ran into the lake and drowned.34Those who were tending the pigs saw what had happened. They ran off and reported it in the town and countryside.35The people went out to see what had happened. Then they came to Jesus. They found the man who was now free of the demons. He was sitting at Jesus' feet. He was dressed and thinking clearly. All this made the people afraid.36Those who had seen it told the others how the man who had been controlled by demons was now healed.37Then all the people who lived in the area of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them. They were filled with fear. So he got into the boat and left.38The man who was now free of the demons begged to go with him. But Jesus sent him away. He said to him,39“Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away. He told people all over town how much Jesus had done for him.
A Dying Girl and a Suffering Woman
40When Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him. They were all expecting him.41Then a man named Jairus came. He was a synagogue ruler. He fell at Jesus' feet. He begged Jesus to come to his house.42His only daughter was dying. She was about 12 years old. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.43A woman was there who had a sickness that made her bleed. Her sickness had lasted for 12 years. No one could heal her.44She came up behind Jesus and touched the edge of his clothes. Right away her bleeding stopped.45“Who touched me?” Jesus asked. They all said they didn't do it. Then Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pushing against you.”46But Jesus said, “Someone touched me. I know that power has gone out from me.”47The woman realized that people would notice her. Shaking with fear, she came and fell at his feet. In front of everyone, she told why she had touched him. She also told how she had been healed in an instant.48Then he said to her, “Dear woman, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”49While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus. Jairus was the synagogue ruler. “Your daughter is dead,” the messenger said. “Don't bother the teacher anymore.”50Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don't be afraid. Just believe. She will be healed.”51When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let everyone go in with him. He took only Peter, John and James, and the child's father and mother.52During this time, all the people were crying and sobbing loudly over the child. “Stop crying!” Jesus said. “She is not dead. She is sleeping.”53They laughed at him. They knew she was dead.54But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!”55Her spirit returned, and right away she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.56Her parents were amazed. But Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.
King James Version
1And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,2And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,3And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.4And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:5A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.6And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.7And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.8And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.9And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?10And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.11Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.12Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.13They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.14And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.15But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.16No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.17For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.18Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.19Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press.20And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee.21And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.22Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.23But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.24And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.25And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.26And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee.27And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.28When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not.29(For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)30And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.31And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.32And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them.33Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.34When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country.35Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.36They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed.37Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again.38Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying,39Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.40And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him.41And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house:42For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.43And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,44Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.45And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?46And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.47And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him and how she was healed immediately.48And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.49While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.50But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.51And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden.52And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.53And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead.54And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise.55And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat.56And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.