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Many Women Support Jesus

1And it came to pass soon afterwards that he traveled through cities and villages, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God, and the Twelve were with him,
  2and also certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
  3and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household, and Susanna, and many others, who were providing for them out of their resources.

The Parable of the Sower

4Now when a great multitude was gathering, and those of every city were making their way to him, he spoke by way of a parable:
  5“The sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell beside the path and was trampled on, and the birds of heaven devoured it.
  6And other seed fell on the rock, and as soon as it grew it withered away because it had no moisture.
  7And other seed fell in the midst of thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it.
  8And other seed fell on the good soil, and grew up and brought forth fruit a hundredfold.” As he said these things he cried out, “Anyone who has ears to hear had better listen!”

Parable of the Sower Explained

9And his disciples began asking him what this parable meant.
  10And he said, “To you it is given to know the sacred secrets of the Kingdom of God, but to the rest I speak in parables, so that seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not understand.a

11“Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.
  12Now those beside the path are those who, when they have heard, then the Devilb comes and takes away the word from their heart so that they cannot believe and be saved.
  13Now those on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and yet these have no root, who for a while believe, but in a time of temptation they fall away.
  14Now the part that fell into the thorns, these are the ones who heard and, while going along through life are choked by worries, and wealth, and the pleasures of life, and do not bring fruit to maturity.
  15Now the part in the good soil, these are those who with an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold onto it firmly, and by enduring, bring forth fruit.

Every Secret Will Be Revealed

16“And no one after lighting a lamp, covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand so that those who enter in can see the light.
  17For nothing is hidden that will not become known, nor anything hidden away that will absolutely not become known and come to light.
  18Take care, therefore, 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 away from him.”

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers

19And his mother and brothers came to him, and they were not able to get near to him because of the crowd.
  20And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers stand outside, wanting to see you.”
  21But he answered and said to them, “My mother and my brothers are these—the ones hearing the word of God, and doing it.”

Jesus Calms a Storm

22Now it came to pass on one of those days that he got into a boat, he and his disciples, and he said to them, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake,” and they launched out.
  23Now as they sailed he fell asleep, and a storm of wind came down on the lake and they were filling with water, and were in danger.
  24And they came to him and awoke him, saying, “Master, master, we are perishing.” And having been awakened, he subdued the wind and the raging of the water, and they ceased, and it became calm.
  25And he said to them, “Where is your trust?” And they were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even the winds and the water and they obey him?”

Legion Cast Out of a Man

26And they sailed down to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee.
  27And when he had gone out onto the land, he was met by a certain man from the city, who had demons, and for a long time he had worn no clothes, and he was not living in a house, but in the tombs.
  28And when he saw Jesus he cried out and fell down before him, and said with a loud voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore you, do not torment me.”

29For he was commanding the unclean spirit to come out from the man. For many times it had seized him, and he was bound with chains and fetters and kept under guard, and yet he would break apart the bonds and be driven by the demon into the solitary places.

30And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” for many demons had gone into him.
  31And they were begging him, lest he command them to go away into the Abyss.

32Now a herd of many pigs was feeding there on the mountain, and they begged him that he would allow them to enter into them. And he allowed them.
  33And the demons, having come out from the man, went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake, and were drowned.

34And when the herdsmen saw what had happened they fled and reported it in the city and in the countryside.
  35And they went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind, and they were afraid.
  36And those who saw it told them how he who had been afflicted by the demon had been delivered.
  37And all the people of the region around the Gerasenes asked him to depart from them, because they were gripped with great fear; and he got into a boat, and returned.
  38But the man from whom the demons had gone out was imploring him to be with him, but he sent him away, saying,
  39“Return to your house and relate in full how much God has done for you.” And he went his way, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.

A Woman Healed and the Dead Raised

40Now when Jesus returned, the multitude welcomed him, for they were all expecting him.
  41And Look!, a man named Jairus came, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus’ feet, and began entreating him to come into his house,
  42for he had an only daughter, about 12 years old, and she was dying. Now as he went, the crowds were pressing around him.
  43And a woman who had a discharge of blood for 12 years, who had spent all her living on physicians and could not be healed by anyone,
  44came behind him and touched the border of his garment, and immediately her flow of blood stopped.
  45And Jesus said, “Who is the one who touched me?” And while they all were denying it, Peter said, “Master, the multitudes crowd you and press in on you.”
  46But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceived that power had gone out from me.”
  47And when the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people the reason why she touched him, and how she was immediately healed.
  48And he said to her, “Daughter, your trust has made you well. Go in peace.”
  49While he was still speaking, someone came from the house of the ruler of the synagogue, saying, “Your daughter is dead, do not trouble the Teacher any longer.”
  50But Jesus, overhearing it, answered him, “Do not be afraid, only believe, and she will be made well.”
  51And when he came to the house, he did not allow anyone to enter with him except Peter, and John, and James, and the father of the child and her mother.
  52Now they were all crying and mourning for her, but he said, “Do not cry, for she did not die, but is sleeping.”
  53And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.
  54But he, taking her by the hand, called, saying, “Child, get up.”
  55And her spirit returned, and she got up immediately, and he commanded that something to eat be given to her.
  56And her parents were amazed, but he instructed them to tell no one what had happened.

From Isa. 6:9.
“Devil” is a transliteration of the Greek word, diabolos, which literally means “Slanderer.”

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