Luke 8

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1 And it came·​·to·​·pass in the following days, that He journeyed·​·throughout into city and village, preaching and announcing·​·the·​·gospel of the kingdom of God; and the twelve were with Him,

2 and certain women who had·​·been cured of evil spirits and sicknesses, Mary called Magdalene, from whom came·​·out seven demons,

3 and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many other women who ministered to Him from their belongings.

4 And when a crowd of many was· gathered ·together, and they were going to Him out of every city, He said through a parable,

5 A sower went·​·out to sow his seed; and in his sowing, some indeed fell along the way; and it was trampled, and the birds of heaven ate· it ·up.

6 And other fell upon a rock; and growing·​·up, it dried·​·up since it had no root.

7 And other fell in the midst of thorns; and the thorns, growing·​·up·​·with it, choked it.

8 And other fell on good earth; and growing·​·up, it made fruit a hundredfold. Saying these·​·things, He called out, He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

9 And His disciples asked Him, saying, What might this parable be?

10 And He said, To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God; but to the rest in parables, that looking they might not look, and hearing they might not understand.*

11 And the parable is this: The seed is the Word of God.

12 And those along the way are they who hear; then comes the Devil, and takes·​·away the Word from their heart, that· they should ·not believe and be saved.

13 And those on the rock are they who, when they hear, receive the Word with joy; and these have no root, who for a time believe, and in the time of temptation desist.

14 And that which fell into the thorns are they who, having heard, go forth, and are choked by anxieties and riches and pleasures of life, and bring· no fruit ·to·​·completion.

15 But that in the good earth are they who, in a simple* and good heart having·​·heard the Word, retain it, and bear·​·fruit in patience.

16 And no·​·one having kindled a lamp covers it with a vessel, or puts it underneath a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, that they who go·​·in may see the light.

17 For there is not anything secret which shall not become manifest, nor anything hidden which shall not be known and come to be·​·manifest.

18 Look, therefore, how you hear; for whoever has, to him shall be given; and whoever has not, even that which he thinks to have shall be taken away from him.

19 And His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not reach Him on·​·account·​·of the crowd.

20 And it was reported to Him by them who said, Thy mother and Thy brothers are standing outside, willing to see Thee.

21 But He answering said to them, My mother and My brothers are these who hear the Word of God, and do it.

22 And it came·​·to·​·pass on one of the days that He and His disciples stepped into a ship; and He said to them, Let us pass over to the other·​·side of the lake; and they launched out.

23 And as they sailed He fell·​·asleep; and a storm of wind came·​·down on the lake, and they were filled with water, and were in danger.

24 And coming·​·to Him, they awoke Him, saying, Master, Master, we perish! But He, arising, rebuked the wind and the overflowing of the water; and they ceased, and there was a calm.

25 And He said to them, Where is your faith? And they fearing marveled, saying one to another, Who then is this, that He orders the winds and the water, and they obey Him?

26 And they sailed·​·down into the country of the Gadarenes, which is over opposite Galilee.

27 And when He went·​·out upon the land, there met Him out·​·of the city a certain man who had demons for a considerable time, and wore no garment, and did not stay in a house, but in the sepulchers.

28 And when he saw Jesus, he cried·​·out, and he fell·​·before Him, and with a great voice said, What is there to·​·me and to·​·Thee*, Jesus, Son of God Most·​·High? I entreat Thee, torment me not;

29 for He had charged the unclean spirit to come·​·out of the man; for many times it had seized him; and he was guarded, bound with chains and fetters, and, rending the bonds, he was driven by the demon into the deserts.

30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion, because many demons had entered into him.

31 And he implored Him not to order them to go out into the abyss.

32 And there was there a herd of a considerable number of swine feeding on the mountain; and they implored Him that He would permit them to enter into them; and He permitted them.

33 And the demons having come·​·out of the man entered into the swine; and the herd rushed down a cliff into the lake, and were choked.

34 And they who fed them, seeing what came·​·to·​·pass, fled, and going·​·away, reported it in the city and in the fields.

35 And then they went·​·out to see what had come·​·to·​·pass, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had come·​·out, in·​·a·​·garment, and sane, sitting by the feet of Jesus; and they feared.

36 And they also who saw it reported to them how he who was demon-possessed was saved.

37 And all the multitude of the countryside of the Gadarenes besought Him to depart from them, for they were beset with great fear; and He stepping into the ship returned.

38 And the man from whom the demons had come·​·out entreated that he might be with Him; but Jesus sent· him ·away, saying,

39 Return to thy house, and tell what things God has done for thee. And he went his way, preaching through the whole city what things Jesus had done for him.

40 And it came·​·to·​·pass on the return of Jesus, that the crowd received Him, for they were all expecting Him.

41 And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue; and falling at the feet of Jesus, he implored Him that He would come into his house,

42 for he had an only·​·begotten daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying; but as He went, the crowds thronged* Him.

43 And a woman suffering with a flow of blood twelve years, who had spent her whole livelihood on physicians and could not be cured by anyone,

44 coming behind Him, touched the hem of His garment; and immediately her flow of blood stood still.

45 And Jesus said, Who touched Me? And when all denied, Peter and they who were with him said, Master, the crowds beset Thee and throng Thee, and Thou sayest, Who touched Me?

46 But Jesus said, Someone touched Me, for I know that power went·​·out from Me.

47 And the woman, seeing that she was not concealed, came trembling; and falling·​·before Him, she reported to Him before all the people for what cause she had touched Him, and how she was healed immediately.

48 And He said to her, Daughter, have·​·confidence; thy faith has saved thee; go into peace.

49 While He yet spoke, there comes one from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, Thy daughter is·​·dead; trouble not the Teacher.

50 But Jesus having heard it answered him, saying, Fear not; only believe, and she shall be saved.

51 And having entered into the house, He permitted no·​·one enter, except Peter and James and John, and the father of the girl and her mother.

52 And all wept and bewailed her. But He said, Weep not; she is· not ·dead, but is sleeping.

53 And they laughed·​·at Him, knowing that she was·​·dead.

54 But He, putting them all out, and taking hold of her hand, called, saying, Girl, arise.

55 And her spirit returned, and she stood up immediately; and He instructed that she be given something to eat.

56 And her parents were·​·amazed; but He charged them to tell no·​·one what was·​·done.

  

Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.