Bible: Luke 8

Jesus’ Ministry and the Help of Women

8:1 Some time 1  afterward 2  he went on through towns 3  and villages, preaching and proclaiming the good news 4  of the kingdom of God. 5  The 6  twelve were with him, 8:2 and also some women 7  who had been healed of evil spirits and disabilities: 8  Mary 9  (called Magdalene), from whom seven demons had gone out, 8:3 and Joanna the wife of Cuza 10  (Herod’s 11  household manager), 12  Susanna, and many others who provided for them 13  out of their own resources.

The Parable of the Sower

8:4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus 14  from one town after another, 15  he spoke to them 16  in a parable: 8:5 A sower went out to sow 17  his seed. 18  And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled on, and the wild birds 19  devoured it. 8:6 Other seed fell on rock, 20  and when it came up, it withered because it had no moisture. 8:7 Other seed fell among the thorns, 21  and they grew up with it and choked 22  it. 8:8 But 23  other seed fell on good soil and grew, 24  and it produced a hundred times as much grain.” 25  As he said this, 26  he called out, “The one who has ears to hear had better listen! 27 

8:9 Then 28  his disciples asked him what this parable meant. 29  8:10 He 30  said, “You have been given 31  the opportunity to know 32  the secrets 33  of the kingdom of God, 34  but for others they are in parables, so that although they see they may not see, and although they hear they may not understand. 35 

8:11Now the parable means 36  this: The seed is the word of God. 8:12 Those along the path are the ones who have heard; then the devil 37  comes and takes away the word 38  from their hearts, so that they may not believe 39  and be saved. 8:13 Those 40  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, 41  but 42  in a time of testing 43  fall away. 44  8:14 As for the seed that 45  fell among thorns, these are the ones who hear, but 46  as they go on their way they are choked 47  by the worries and riches and pleasures of life, 48  and their fruit does not mature. 49  8:15 But as for the seed that landed on good soil, these are the ones who, after hearing 50  the word, cling to it 51  with an honest and good 52  heart, and bear fruit with steadfast endurance. 53 

Showing the Light

8:16No one lights 54  a lamp 55  and then covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand so that those who come in can see the light. 56  8:17 For nothing is hidden 57  that will not be revealed, 58  and nothing concealed that will not be made known and brought to light. 8:18 So listen carefully, 59  for whoever has will be given more, but 60  whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has 61  will be taken from him.”

Jesus’ True Family

8:19 Now Jesus’ 62  mother and his brothers 63  came to him, but 64  they could not get near him because of the crowd. 8:20 So 65  he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” 8:21 But he replied 66  to them, “My mother and my brothers are those 67  who hear the word of God and do it.” 68 

Stilling of a Storm

8:22 One 69  day Jesus 70  got into a boat 71  with his disciples and said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side of the lake.” So 72  they set out, 8:23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. Now a violent windstorm 73  came down on the lake, 74  and the boat 75  started filling up with water, and they were in danger. 8:24 They 76  came 77  and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, 78  we are about to die!” So 79  he got up and rebuked 80  the wind and the raging waves; 81  they died down, and it was calm. 8:25 Then 82  he said to them, “Where is your faith?” 83  But they were afraid and amazed, 84  saying to one another, “Who then is this? He commands even the winds and the water, 85  and they obey him!

Healing of a Demoniac

8:26 So 86  they sailed over to the region of the Gerasenes, 87  which is opposite 88  Galilee. 8:27 As 89  Jesus 90  stepped ashore, 91  a certain man from the town 92  met him who was possessed by demons. 93  For a long time this man 94  had worn no clothes and had not lived in a house, but among 95  the tombs. 8:28 When he saw 96  Jesus, he cried out, fell 97  down before him, and shouted with a loud voice, “Leave me alone, 98  Jesus, Son of the Most High 99  God! I beg you, do not torment 100  me! 8:29 For Jesus 101  had started commanding 102  the evil 103  spirit to come out of the man. (For it had seized him many times, so 104  he would be bound with chains and shackles 105  and kept under guard. But 106  he would break the restraints and be driven by the demon into deserted 107  places.) 108  8:30 Jesus then 109  asked him, “What is your name?” He 110  said, “Legion,” 111  because many demons had entered him. 8:31 And they began to beg 112  him not to order 113  them to depart into the abyss. 114  8:32 Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 115  and the demonic spirits 116  begged Jesus 117  to let them go into them. He gave them permission. 118  8:33 So 119  the demons came out of the man and went into the pigs, and the herd of pigs 120  rushed down the steep slope into the lake and drowned. 8:34 When 121  the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran off and spread the news 122  in the town 123  and countryside. 8:35 So 124  the people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus. They 125  found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesusfeet, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 8:36 Those 126  who had seen it told them how the man who had been demon-possessed had been healed. 127  8:37 Then 128  all the people of the Gerasenes 129  and the surrounding region 130  asked Jesus 131  to leave them alone, 132  for they were seized with great fear. 133  So 134  he got into the boat and left. 135  8:38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go 136  with him, but Jesus 137  sent him away, saying, 8:39 Return to your home, 138  and declare 139  what God has done for you.” 140  So 141  he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole town 142  what Jesus 143  had done for him.

Restoration and Healing

8:40 Now when Jesus returned, 144  the crowd welcomed him, because they were all waiting for him. 8:41 Then 145  a man named Jairus, who was a ruler 146  of the synagogue, 147  came up. Falling 148  at Jesusfeet, he pleaded 149  with him to come to his house, 8:42 because he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying. 150 

As Jesus was on his way, the crowds pressed 151  around him. 8:43 Now 152  a woman was there who had been suffering from a hemorrhage 153  for twelve years 154  but could not be healed by anyone. 8:44 She 155  came up behind Jesus 156  and touched the edge 157  of his cloak, 158  and at once the bleeding 159  stopped. 8:45 Then 160  Jesus asked, 161 Who was it who touched me?” When they all denied it, Peter 162  said, “Master, the crowds are surrounding you and pressing 163  against you! 8:46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I know that power has gone out 164  from me.” 8:47 When 165  the woman saw that she could not escape notice, 166  she came trembling and fell down before him. In 167  the presence of all the people, she explained why 168  she had touched him and how she had been immediately healed. 8:48 Then 169  he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. 170  Go in peace.”

8:49 While he was still speaking, someone from the synagogue ruler’s 171  house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the teacher any longer.” 8:50 But when Jesus heard this, he told 172  him, “Do not be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” 173  8:51 Now when he came to the house, Jesus 174  did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, 175  and James, and the child’s father and mother. 8:52 Now they were all 176  wailing and mourning 177  for her, but he said, “Stop your weeping; she is not dead but asleep.” 8:53 And they began making fun 178  of him, because they knew 179  that she was dead. 180  8:54 But Jesus 181  gently took her by the hand and said, 182 Child, get up.” 8:55 Her 183  spirit returned, 184  and she got up immediately. Then 185  he told them to give her something to eat. 8:56 Her 186  parents were astonished, but he ordered them to tell no one 187  what had happened.

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