Many Women Minister to Jesus
Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through
every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad
tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were
with Him, 2
and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits
and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had
come seven demons,
Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna,
and many others who provided for Him from
The Parable of the Sower
4 And when a great multitude had gathered, and
they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a
“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some
fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the
birds of the air devoured it.
fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered
away because it lacked moisture.
some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it
and choked it.
8 But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and
yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these
things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him
The Purpose of Parables
Then His disciples asked Him, saying, “What does this
10 And 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, that
‘ Seeing they may not see,
And hearing they may not understand.’
The Parable of the Sower Explained
“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil
comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest
they should believe and be saved.
the ones on the rock are those who, when they
hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root,
who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall
Now the ones that fell among thorns are those
who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with
cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit
to maturity. 15
But the ones that fell on the good ground are
those who, having heard the word with a noble and good
heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
The Parable of the Revealed Light
“No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel
or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a
lampstand, that those who enter may see the light.
nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor
anything hidden that will not be known and come to
Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to
him more will be given; and whoever does not
have, even what he seems to have will be taken from
Jesus’ Mother and Brothers Come to Him
Then His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not
approach Him because of the crowd.
20 And it
was told Him by some, who said, “Your mother and
Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see
21 But He
answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers
are these who hear the word of God and do it.”
Wind and Wave Obey Jesus
Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a
boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us
cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they
23 But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a
windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling
with water, and were in jeopardy.
they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master,
we are perishing!”
Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the
water. And they ceased, and there was a calm.
25 But He
said to them, “Where is your faith?”
And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one
another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the
winds and water, and they obey Him!”
Demon-Possessed Man Healed
Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which
is opposite Galilee.
when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain
man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he
wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the
When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him,
and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You,
Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not
torment me!” 29
For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of
the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept
under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he
broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the
asked him, saying, “What is your name?”
And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered
And they begged Him that He would not command them to go
out into the abyss.
32 Now a
herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So
they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them.
And He permitted them.
the demons went out of the man and entered the swine,
and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the
lake and drowned.
those who fed them saw what had happened, they
fled and told it in the city and in the country.
they went out to see what had happened, and came to
Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had
departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in
his right mind. And they were afraid.
also who had seen it told them by what means he
who had been demon-possessed was healed.
the whole multitude of the surrounding region of the
Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for
they were seized with great fear. And He got into the
boat and returned.
the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him
that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away,
“Return to your own house, and tell what great things
God has done for you.” And he went his way and
proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things
Jesus had done for him.
A Girl Restored to
Life and a Woman Healed
So it was, when Jesus returned, that the multitude
welcomed Him, for they were all waiting for Him.
behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a
ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus’ feet
and begged Him to come to his house,
42 for he
had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she
But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him.
43 Now a
woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had
spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be
healed by any,
44 came from behind and touched the border of His
garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.
Jesus said, “Who touched Me?”
When all denied it, Peter and those with him said,
“Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You
say, ‘Who touched Me?’”
Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power
going out from Me.”
when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came
trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to
Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had
touched Him and how she was healed immediately.
48 And He
said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has
made you well. Go in peace.”
He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of
the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your
daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.”
when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do
not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.”
He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in
except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother
of the girl. 52
Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not
weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.”
they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead.
54 But He
put them all outside, took her by the hand and called,
saying, “Little girl, arise.”
her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He
commanded that she be given something to eat.
her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell
no one what had happened.