Luke 8
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1Now it came to pass afterwards that He traveled through all the land, city by city and village by village, preaching and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom of God; and the twelve were with Him, 2And certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary who is called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out; 3And Joanna, wife of Chuza, a steward of Herod; and Susanna, and many others who were ministering to Him from their own substance.

4And as a great multitude was assembling, and those who were coming to Him from every city, He spoke a parable: 5"The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some seed fell by the road; and it was trampled upon, and the birds of heaven devoured it. 6And other seed fell upon the rock; and after it had sprung up it withered because it did not have any moisture. 7And other seed fell among the thorns; and after springing up together, the thorns choked it. 8And other seed fell upon the good ground, and after springing up produced fruit a hundredfold." And when He had said these things, He cried aloud, saying, "The one who has ears to hear, let him hear."

9Then His disciples asked Him, saying, "What might this parable be?" 10And He said, "To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God; but to the rest it is given in parables, so that in seeing they may not see, and in hearing they may not understand.

11Now this is the parable: The seed is the Word of God; 12And those that fell by the road are the ones who hear, but the devil comes and takes away the Word from their heart, lest they should believe and be saved. 13And those that fell upon the rock are the ones who, when they hear, receive the Word with joy; but these do not have any root, who believe only for a while, and in time of trial fall away. 14And those that fell into the thorns are the ones who have heard, but are choked while pursuing the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and do not bring any fruit to maturity. 15And those that fell on the good ground are the ones who, in a right and good heart, hear the Word and keep it, and bring forth fruit with endurance.

16Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a couch, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who are entering may see the light. 17For there is nothing hidden that shall not be made manifest, nor any secret that shall not be known and come to light. 18Therefore, take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him shall be given; but whoever does not have, even what he seems to have shall be taken from him."

19Then His mother and His brothers came to Him, but were not able to get to Him because of the multitude. 20And it was told Him, saying, "Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You." 21But He answered and said to them, "My mother and My brothers are those who are hearing the Word of God and are doing it."

22Now it came to pass on one of those days that He and His disciples went into a ship; and He said to them, "Let us go over to the other side of the lake." And they put off from the shore. 23And as they sailed, He fell asleep; and a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were being filled with water, and were in danger. 24Then they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Master, Master, we are perishing!" And He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water; and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25And He said to them, "Where is your faith?" But they were afraid, and wondered, saying to one another, "Who then is this that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?"

26Then they sailed down to the country of the Gadarenes, which is across from Galilee. 27And when He went out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had been possessed by demons for a long time; and he was not wearing any clothes, and did not dwell in a house, but in the tombs. 28Now when he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down in front of Him, and said with a loud voice, "What do You have to do with me, Jesus, Son of God the Most High? I beseech You, do not torment me." 29For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For many times it had seized him, and each time he was restrained, being bound with chains and fetters; but after breaking the bonds, he was driven by the demon into the desert. 30And Jesus asked it, saying, "What is your name?" And it said, "Legion," because many demons had entered into him. 31Then it begged Him that He would not command them to go away into the abyss.

32Now there was a herd of many swine feeding there on the mountain, and they begged Him that He would allow them to enter into the swine; and He gave them permission. 33And the demons went out of the man and entered into the swine, and the whole herd rushed headlong down the steep slope into the lake and were drowned.

34Now when those who were feeding the swine saw what had taken place, they fled; and they went and reported it to the city and to the country. 35And those who heard went out to see what had taken place; and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, clothed and of a sound mind, seated at Jesus' feet. And they were afraid. 36And those who had seen it related to them how the one who had been possessed by demons was healed. 37Then all the multitude of the Gadarenes from the country around asked Him to depart from them; for they were filled with great fear. And He went into the ship to return. 38And the man from whom the demons had gone out begged to be taken with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying, 39"Return to your own house and declare all that God has done for you." And he went throughout the whole city, proclaiming all that Jesus had done for him.

40Now it came to pass that when Jesus returned, the multitude gladly received Him; for they had all been looking for Him. 41And behold, a man came whose name was Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue; and after falling at Jesus' feet, he begged Him to come to his house, 42Because his only daughter, about twelve years old, was dying. And as He went, the multitudes were thronging Him.

43And a woman who had been afflicted with a flow of blood for twelve years, and had spent her whole living on physicians, but could not be cured by anyone, 44Came behind Him and touched the border of His garment; and immediately the flow of her blood stopped. 45And Jesus said, "Who touched Me?" And as everyone began to deny it, Peter and those with Him said, "Master, the multitudes are thronging and pressing You, and You ask, 'Who touched Me?' " 46But Jesus said, "Someone touched Me, because I know that power went out from Me." 47Then the woman, seeing that her act was not concealed, came trembling; and after falling down in front of Him before all the people, she declared for what cause she had touched Him, and how she had immediately been healed. 48And He said to her, "Be of good courage, daughter; your faith has healed you. Go in peace."

49While He was yet speaking, one came from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, "Your daughter has died. Do not trouble the Master." 50But hearing this, Jesus answered him, saying, "Do not be afraid. Only believe, and she shall be restored." 51And when He went into the house, He did not allow anyone to go in with Him except Peter and James and John, and the father and the mother of the child. 52And they were all weeping and bewailing her. But He said, "Do not weep. She is not dead, but is sleeping." 53Then they laughed at Him, knowing that she was dead. 54But after putting everyone outside, He took hold of her hand and called out, saying, "Child, arise." 55And her spirit returned, and she immediately arose; and He directed that something to eat should be given to her. 56And her parents were amazed, but He charged them not to tell anyone what had happened.

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