Luke 8

1The next day, Jesus traveled through some cities and small towns. Jesus told the people a message from God, the Good News about God’s kingdom. The twelve apostles were with him. 2There were also some women with him. Jesus had healed these women of sicknesses and evil spirits ˻from the devil˼. One of the women was named Mary Magdalene. Seven demons had come out of her. 3Also with these women were: Joanna, the wife of Chuza (Herod’s helper), Suzanna, and many other women. These women used their own money to help Jesus and his apostles. 4Many people came together. People came to Jesus from every town. Jesus told the people this story: 5”A farmer went out to plant his seed. While the farmer was planting, some seed fell beside the road. People walked on the seed, and the birds ate all this seed. 6Some seed fell on rock. This seed began to grow, but then died because the seed had no water. 7Some seed fell among thorny weeds. This seed grew, but later the weeds stopped the good plants from growing. 8And some seed fell on good ground. This seed grew and made 100 times more grain.” Jesus finished the story. Then Jesus called out, “You people that hear me, listen!” 9Jesus’ followers asked him, “What does this story mean?” 10Jesus said, “You have been chosen to know the secrets of the kingdom of God. But I use stories to speak to other people. I do this so that: 'They will look, but they will not see; and they will listen, but they will not understand.’ 11”This is what the story means: The seed is God’s teaching. 12What is the seed that fell beside the path? That is like the people that hear God’s teaching, but then the devil comes and makes them stop thinking about that teaching. So those people cannot believe the teaching and be saved. 13What is the seed that fell on rock? That is like the people that hear God’s teaching and accept it gladly. But these people don’t have deep roots. They believe for a while. But when trouble comes, they turn away from God. 14What is the seed that fell among the thorny weeds? That is like the people that hear God’s teaching, but they let the worries, riches, and pleasures of this life stop them from growing. So they never make good fruit. 15And what is the seed that fell on the good ground? That is like the people that hear God’s teaching with a good, honest heart. They obey God’s teaching and patiently make good fruit. 16”No person lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. Instead, that person puts the lamp on a lamp table so that the people that come in will have enough light to see. 17Everything that is hidden will become clear. Every secret thing will be made known, and everyone will see it. 18So be careful how you listen. The person that has ˻some understanding˼ will receive more. But the person that does not have ˻understanding˼ will lose even ˻the understanding˼ that he thinks he has.” 19Jesus’ mother and brothers came to visit him. There were so many people that Jesus’ mother and brothers could not get close to him. 20Someone said to Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside. They want to see you.” 21Jesus answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those people that listen to God’s teaching and obey it!” 22One day Jesus and his followers got into a boat. Jesus said to them, “Come with me across the lake.” And so they started across. 23While they were sailing, Jesus slept. A big storm blew down on the lake. The boat began to fill with water. They were in danger. 24The followers went to Jesus and woke him. They said, “Master! Master! We will drown!” Jesus got up. He gave a command to the wind and the waves. The wind stopped, and the lake became calm. 25Jesus said to his followers, “Where is your faith?” The followers were afraid and amazed. They said to each other, “What kind of man is this? He commands the wind and the water, and they obey him!” 26Jesus and his followers sailed on across the lake. They sailed to the area where the Gerasene people live, across from Galilee. 27When Jesus got out of the boat, a man from that town came to Jesus. This man had demons inside him. For a long time he had worn no clothes. He lived in the caves where dead people are buried, not in a house. 28- 29The demon had often seized him. The man had been put in jail, and his hands and feet had been tied with chains. But the man would always break the chains, and the demon inside him would force him to go out to the places where no people lived. Then Jesus commanded the evil spirit ˻(the demon)˼ to come out of this man. The man fell down before Jesus and shouted with a loud voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Please, don’t punish me!” 30Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” The man answered, “Legion.” (He said his name was “Legion” because many demons had gone into him.) 31The demons begged Jesus not to send them into eternal darkness. 32On that hill there was a big herd of pigs eating. The demons begged Jesus to allow them to go into the pigs. So Jesus allowed the demons to do this. 33Then the demons came out of the man and went into the pigs. The herd of pigs ran down the hill and into the lake. All the pigs drowned. 34The men that were caring for the pigs ran away. The men told the story in the fields and in the town. 35People went out to see what happened. The people came to Jesus and found the man sitting there at the feet of Jesus. The man had clothes on and was in his right mind again; the demons were gone. The people became afraid. 36The men that saw these things happen told the other people all about how Jesus made the man well. 37All the people asked Jesus to go away. They were afraid. So Jesus got into the boat to go back to Galilee. 38The man that Jesus healed begged to go with Jesus. But Jesus sent the man away, saying, 39”Go back home and tell people what God did for you.” So the man went all over town telling what Jesus had done for him. 40When Jesus went back to Galilee, the people welcomed him. Everyone was waiting for him. 41- 42A man named Jairus came to Jesus. Jairus was a leader of the synagogue. Jairus had only one daughter. She was twelve years old, and she was dying. So Jairus bowed down at the feet of Jesus and begged him to come to his house. While Jesus was going ˻to Jairus’ house˼, the people came all around him. 43A woman was there who had been bleeding for twelve years. She had spent all her money on doctors, but no doctor was able to heal her. 44The woman came behind Jesus and touched the bottom of his coat. At that moment, her bleeding stopped. 45Then Jesus said, “Who touched me?” All the people said they had not touched Jesus. Peter said, “Master, the people are all around you and are pushing against you.” 46But Jesus said, “Someone touched me! I felt power go out from me.” 47When the woman saw that she could not hide, she came forward, shaking. She bowed down before Jesus. While all the people listened, she told why she touched Jesus. Then she said that she was healed immediately when she touched him. 48Jesus said to her, “My daughter, you are made well because you believed. Go in peace.” 49While Jesus was still speaking, a person came from the house of the synagogue leader ˻(Jairus)˼ and said, “Your daughter has died! Don’t bother the teacher ˻(Jesus)˼ now.” 50Jesus heard this. He said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid! Just believe and your daughter will be well.” 51Jesus went to the house. Jesus let only Peter, John, James, and the girl’s father and mother go inside with him. Jesus did not let any other person go inside. 52All the people were crying and feeling sad because the girl was dead. But Jesus said, “Don’t cry. She is not dead; she is only sleeping.” 53The people laughed at Jesus, because they knew that the girl was dead. 54But Jesus held her hand and called to her, “Little girl, stand up!” 55Her spirit came back into her and she stood up immediately. Jesus said, “Give her something to eat.” 56The girl’s parents were amazed. Jesus told them not to tell any person about what happened.

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