Bible: Luke 8:4-9:50

The Parable of the Sower

8:4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus 1  from one town after another, 2  he spoke to them 3  in a parable: 8:5 A sower went out to sow 4  his seed. 5  And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled on, and the wild birds 6  devoured it. 8:6 Other seed fell on rock, 7  and when it came up, it withered because it had no moisture. 8:7 Other seed fell among the thorns, 8  and they grew up with it and choked 9  it. 8:8 But 10  other seed fell on good soil and grew, 11  and it produced a hundred times as much grain.” 12  As he said this, 13  he called out, “The one who has ears to hear had better listen! 14 

8:9 Then 15  his disciples asked him what this parable meant. 16  8:10 He 17  said, “You have been given 18  the opportunity to know 19  the secrets 20  of the kingdom of God, 21  but for others they are in parables, so that although they see they may not see, and although they hear they may not understand. 22 

8:11Now the parable means 23  this: The seed is the word of God. 8:12 Those along the path are the ones who have heard; then the devil 24  comes and takes away the word 25  from their hearts, so that they may not believe 26  and be saved. 8:13 Those 27  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, 28  but 29  in a time of testing 30  fall away. 31  8:14 As for the seed that 32  fell among thorns, these are the ones who hear, but 33  as they go on their way they are choked 34  by the worries and riches and pleasures of life, 35  and their fruit does not mature. 36  8:15 But as for the seed that landed on good soil, these are the ones who, after hearing 37  the word, cling to it 38  with an honest and good 39  heart, and bear fruit with steadfast endurance. 40 

Showing the Light

8:16No one lights 41  a lamp 42  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. 43  8:17 For nothing is hidden 44  that will not be revealed, 45  and nothing concealed that will not be made known and brought to light. 8:18 So listen carefully, 46  for whoever has will be given more, but 47  whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has 48  will be taken from him.”

Jesus’ True Family

8:19 Now Jesus’ 49  mother and his brothers 50  came to him, but 51  they could not get near him because of the crowd. 8:20 So 52  he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” 8:21 But he replied 53  to them, “My mother and my brothers are those 54  who hear the word of God and do it.” 55 

Stilling of a Storm

8:22 One 56  day Jesus 57  got into a boat 58  with his disciples and said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side of the lake.” So 59  they set out, 8:23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. Now a violent windstorm 60  came down on the lake, 61  and the boat 62  started filling up with water, and they were in danger. 8:24 They 63  came 64  and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, 65  we are about to die!” So 66  he got up and rebuked 67  the wind and the raging waves; 68  they died down, and it was calm. 8:25 Then 69  he said to them, “Where is your faith?” 70  But they were afraid and amazed, 71  saying to one another, “Who then is this? He commands even the winds and the water, 72  and they obey him!

Healing of a Demoniac

8:26 So 73  they sailed over to the region of the Gerasenes, 74  which is opposite 75  Galilee. 8:27 As 76  Jesus 77  stepped ashore, 78  a certain man from the town 79  met him who was possessed by demons. 80  For a long time this man 81  had worn no clothes and had not lived in a house, but among 82  the tombs. 8:28 When he saw 83  Jesus, he cried out, fell 84  down before him, and shouted with a loud voice, “Leave me alone, 85  Jesus, Son of the Most High 86  God! I beg you, do not torment 87  me! 8:29 For Jesus 88  had started commanding 89  the evil 90  spirit to come out of the man. (For it had seized him many times, so 91  he would be bound with chains and shackles 92  and kept under guard. But 93  he would break the restraints and be driven by the demon into deserted 94  places.) 95  8:30 Jesus then 96  asked him, “What is your name?” He 97  said, “Legion,” 98  because many demons had entered him. 8:31 And they began to beg 99  him not to order 100  them to depart into the abyss. 101  8:32 Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 102  and the demonic spirits 103  begged Jesus 104  to let them go into them. He gave them permission. 105  8:33 So 106  the demons came out of the man and went into the pigs, and the herd of pigs 107  rushed down the steep slope into the lake and drowned. 8:34 When 108  the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran off and spread the news 109  in the town 110  and countryside. 8:35 So 111  the people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus. They 112  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 113  who had seen it told them how the man who had been demon-possessed had been healed. 114  8:37 Then 115  all the people of the Gerasenes 116  and the surrounding region 117  asked Jesus 118  to leave them alone, 119  for they were seized with great fear. 120  So 121  he got into the boat and left. 122  8:38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go 123  with him, but Jesus 124  sent him away, saying, 8:39 Return to your home, 125  and declare 126  what God has done for you.” 127  So 128  he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole town 129  what Jesus 130  had done for him.

Restoration and Healing

8:40 Now when Jesus returned, 131  the crowd welcomed him, because they were all waiting for him. 8:41 Then 132  a man named Jairus, who was a ruler 133  of the synagogue, 134  came up. Falling 135  at Jesusfeet, he pleaded 136  with him to come to his house, 8:42 because he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying. 137 

As Jesus was on his way, the crowds pressed 138  around him. 8:43 Now 139  a woman was there who had been suffering from a hemorrhage 140  for twelve years 141  but could not be healed by anyone. 8:44 She 142  came up behind Jesus 143  and touched the edge 144  of his cloak, 145  and at once the bleeding 146  stopped. 8:45 Then 147  Jesus asked, 148 Who was it who touched me?” When they all denied it, Peter 149  said, “Master, the crowds are surrounding you and pressing 150  against you! 8:46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I know that power has gone out 151  from me.” 8:47 When 152  the woman saw that she could not escape notice, 153  she came trembling and fell down before him. In 154  the presence of all the people, she explained why 155  she had touched him and how she had been immediately healed. 8:48 Then 156  he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. 157  Go in peace.”

8:49 While he was still speaking, someone from the synagogue ruler’s 158  house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the teacher any longer.” 8:50 But when Jesus heard this, he told 159  him, “Do not be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” 160  8:51 Now when he came to the house, Jesus 161  did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, 162  and James, and the child’s father and mother. 8:52 Now they were all 163  wailing and mourning 164  for her, but he said, “Stop your weeping; she is not dead but asleep.” 8:53 And they began making fun 165  of him, because they knew 166  that she was dead. 167  8:54 But Jesus 168  gently took her by the hand and said, 169 Child, get up.” 8:55 Her 170  spirit returned, 171  and she got up immediately. Then 172  he told them to give her something to eat. 8:56 Her 173  parents were astonished, but he ordered them to tell no one 174  what had happened.

The Sending of the Twelve Apostles

9:1 After 175  Jesus 176  called 177  the twelve 178  together, he gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure 179  diseases, 9:2 and he sent 180  them out to proclaim 181  the kingdom of God 182  and to heal the sick. 183  9:3 He 184  said to them, “Take nothing for your 185  journey – no staff, 186  no bag, 187  no bread, no money, and do not take an extra tunic. 188  9:4 Whatever 189  house you enter, stay there 190  until you leave the area. 191  9:5 Wherever 192  they do not receive you, 193  as you leave that town, 194  shake the dust off 195  your feet as a testimony against them.” 9:6 Then 196  they departed and went throughout 197  the villages, proclaiming the good news 198  and healing people everywhere.

Herod’s Confusion about Jesus

9:7 Now Herod 199  the tetrarch 200  heard about everything that was happening, and he was thoroughly perplexed, 201  because some people were saying that John 202  had been raised from the dead, 9:8 while others were saying that Elijah 203  had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had risen. 204  9:9 Herod said, “I had John 205  beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” So Herod wanted to learn about Jesus. 206 

The Feeding of the Five Thousand

9:10 When 207  the apostles returned, 208  they told Jesus 209  everything they had done. Then 210  he took them with him and they withdrew privately to a town 211  called Bethsaida. 212  9:11 But when the crowds found out, they followed him. He 213  welcomed them, spoke to them about the kingdom of God, 214  and cured those who needed healing. 215  9:12 Now the day began to draw to a close, 216  so 217  the twelve came and said to Jesus, 218  “Send the crowd away, so they can go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging 219  and food, because we are in an isolated place.” 220  9:13 But he said to them, “You 221  give them something to eat.” They 222  replied, 223 We have no more than five loaves and two fish – unless 224  we go 225  and buy food 226  for all these people.” 9:14 (Now about five thousand men 227  were there.) 228  Then 229  he said to his disciples, “Have 230  them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 9:15 So they did as Jesus directed, 231  and the people 232  all sat down.

9:16 Then 233  he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven he gave thanks 234  and broke them. He gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 9:17 They all ate and were satisfied, and what was left over 235  was picked up – twelve baskets of broken pieces.

Peter’s Confession

9:18 Once 236  when Jesus 237  was praying 238  by himself, and his disciples were nearby, he asked them, 239 Who do the crowds say that I am? 240  9:19 They 241  answered, 242 John the Baptist; others say Elijah; 243  and still others that one of the prophets of long ago has risen.” 244  9:20 Then 245  he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter 246  answered, 247 The Christ 248  of God.” 9:21 But he forcefully commanded 249  them not to tell this to anyone, 250  9:22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer 251  many things and be rejected by the elders, 252  chief priests, and experts in the law, 253  and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” 254 

A Call to Discipleship

9:23 Then 255  he said to them all, 256 If anyone wants to become my follower, 257  he must deny 258  himself, take up his cross daily, 259  and follow me. 9:24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, 260  but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 9:25 For what does it benefit a person 261  if he gains the whole world but loses or forfeits himself? 9:26 For whoever is ashamed 262  of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person 263  when he comes in his glory and in the glory 264  of the Father and of the holy angels. 9:27 But I tell you most certainly, 265  there are some standing here who will not 266  experience 267  death before they see the kingdom of God.” 268 

The Transfiguration

9:28 Now 269  about eight days 270  after these sayings, Jesus 271  took with him Peter, John, and James, and went up the mountain to pray. 9:29 As 272  he was praying, 273  the appearance of his face was transformed, 274  and his clothes became very bright, a brilliant white. 275  9:30 Then 276  two men, Moses and Elijah, 277  began talking with him. 278  9:31 They appeared in glorious splendor and spoke about his departure 279  that he was about to carry out 280  at Jerusalem. 281  9:32 Now Peter and those with him were quite sleepy, 282  but as they became fully awake, 283  they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 9:33 Then 284  as the men 285  were starting to leave, 286  Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters, 287  one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah– not knowing what he was saying. 9:34 As 288  he was saying this, a cloud 289  came 290  and overshadowed 291  them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 9:35 Then 292  a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. 293  Listen to him! 294  9:36 After 295  the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. So 296  they kept silent and told no one 297  at that time 298  anything of what they had seen.

Healing a Boy with an Unclean Spirit

9:37 Now on 299  the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. 9:38 Then 300  a man from the crowd cried out, 301 Teacher, I beg you to look at 302  my son – he is my only child! 9:39 A 303  spirit seizes him, and he suddenly screams; 304  it throws him into convulsions 305  and causes him to foam at the mouth. It hardly ever leaves him alone, torturing 306  him severely. 9:40 I 307  begged 308  your disciples to cast it out, but 309  they could not do so.” 310  9:41 Jesus answered, 311 You 312  unbelieving 313  and perverse generation! How much longer 314  must I be with you and endure 315  you? 316  Bring your son here.” 9:42 As 317  the boy 318  was approaching, the demon threw him to the ground 319  and shook him with convulsions. 320  But Jesus rebuked 321  the unclean 322  spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 9:43 Then 323  they were all astonished at the mighty power 324  of God.

Another Prediction of Jesus’ Suffering

But while the entire crowd 325  was amazed at everything Jesus 326  was doing, he said to his disciples, 9:44 Take these words to heart, 327  for the Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.” 328  9:45 But they did not understand this statement; its meaning 329  had been concealed 330  from them, so that they could not grasp it. Yet 331  they were afraid to ask him about this statement.

Concerning the Greatest

9:46 Now an argument started among the disciples 332  as to which of them might be 333  the greatest. 9:47 But when Jesus discerned their innermost thoughts, 334  he took a child, had him stand by 335  his side, 9:48 and said to them, “Whoever welcomes 336  this child 337  in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me, for the one who is least among you all is the one who is great.” 338 

On the Right Side

9:49 John answered, 339 Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop 340  him because he is not a disciple 341  along with us.” 9:50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”

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