3 Then 1 Jesus 2 entered the synagogue 3 again, and a man was there who had a withered 4 hand. 2 They watched 5 Jesus 6 closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath, 7 so that they could accuse him. 3 So he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Stand up among all these people.” 8 4 Then 9 he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath, or evil, to save a life or destroy it?” But they were silent. 5 After looking around 10 at them in anger, grieved by the hardness of their hearts, 11 he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 12 6 So 13 the Pharisees 14 went out immediately and began plotting with the Herodians, 15 as to how they could assassinate 16 him.
7 Then 17 Jesus went away with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him. 18 And from Judea, 8 Jerusalem, 19 Idumea, beyond the Jordan River, 20 and around Tyre 21 and Sidon 22 a great multitude came to him when they heard about the things he had done. 9 Because of the crowd, he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him so the crowd 23 would not press toward him. 10 For he had healed many, so that all who were afflicted with diseases pressed toward him in order to touch him. 11 And whenever the unclean spirits 24 saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 But 25 he sternly ordered them not to make him known. 26
13 Now 27 Jesus went up the mountain 28 and called for those he wanted, and they came to him. 14 He 29 appointed twelve (whom he named apostles 30 ), 31 so that they would be with him and he could send them to preach 15 and to have authority to cast out demons. 16 He appointed twelve: 32 To Simon 33 he gave the name Peter; 17 to James and his brother John, the sons of Zebedee, 34 he gave the name Boanerges (that is, “sons of thunder”); 18 and Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, 35 Matthew, Thomas, 36 James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, 37 Simon the Zealot, 38 19 and Judas Iscariot, 39 who betrayed him. 40
20 Now 41 Jesus 42 went home, and a crowd gathered so that they were not able to eat. 21 When his family 43 heard this they went out to restrain him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” 22 The experts in the law 44 who came down from Jerusalem 45 said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” 46 and, “By the ruler 47 of demons he casts out demons.” 23 So 48 he called them and spoke to them in parables: 49 “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If 50 a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom will not be able to stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan rises against himself and is divided, he is not able to stand and his end has come. 27 But no one is able to enter a strong man’s 51 house and steal his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can thoroughly plunder his house. 52 28 I tell you the truth, 53 people will be forgiven for all sins, even all the blasphemies they utter. 54 29 But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an eternal sin” 55 30 (because they said, “He has an unclean spirit” 56 ).
31 Then 57 Jesus’ 58 mother and his brothers 59 came. Standing 60 outside, they sent word to him, to summon him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him and they said to him, “Look, your mother and your brothers 61 are outside looking for you.” 33 He answered them and said, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 62 34 And looking at those who were sitting around him in a circle, he said, “Here 63 are my mother and my brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God is 64 my brother and sister and mother.”
4 Again he began to teach by the lake. Such a large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the lake and sat there while 1 the whole crowd was on the shore by the lake. 2 He taught them many things in parables, 2 and in his teaching said to them: 3 “Listen! A sower went out to sow. 3 4 And as he sowed, some seed 4 fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. 5 Other seed fell on rocky ground 5 where it did not have much soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep. 6 6 When the sun came up it was scorched, and because it did not have sufficient root, 7 it withered. 7 Other seed fell among the thorns, 8 and they grew up and choked it, 9 and it did not produce grain. 8 But 10 other seed fell on good soil and produced grain, sprouting and growing; some yielded thirty times as much, some sixty, and some a hundred times.” 9 And he said, “Whoever has ears to hear had better listen!” 11
10 When he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. 11 He said to them, “The secret 12 of the kingdom of God has been given 13 to you. But to those outside, everything is in parables,
12 so that although they look they may look but not see,
and although they hear they may hear but not understand,
so they may not repent and be forgiven.” 14
13 He said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? Then 15 how will you understand any parable? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: Whenever they hear, immediately Satan 16 comes and snatches the word 17 that was sown in them. 16 These are the ones sown on rocky ground: As soon as they hear the word, they receive it with joy. 17 But 18 they have no root in themselves and do not endure. 19 Then, when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately they fall away. 18 Others are the ones sown among thorns: They are those who hear the word, 19 but 20 worldly cares, the seductiveness of wealth, 21 and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, 22 and it produces nothing. 20 But 23 these are the ones sown on good soil: They hear the word and receive it and bear fruit, one thirty times as much, one sixty, and one a hundred.”
21 He also said to them, “A lamp 24 isn’t brought to be put under a basket 25 or under a bed, is it? Isn’t it to be placed on a lampstand? 22 For nothing is hidden except to be revealed, 26 and nothing concealed except to be brought to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, he had better listen!” 27 24 And he said to them, “Take care about what you hear. The measure you use will be the measure you receive, 28 and more will be added to you. 25 For whoever has will be given more, but 29 whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.” 30
26 He also said, “The kingdom of God is like someone who spreads seed on the ground. 27 He goes to sleep and gets up, night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 By itself the soil produces a crop, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29 And when the grain is ripe, he sends in the sickle 31 because the harvest has come.” 32
30 He also asked, “To what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use to present it? 31 It is like a mustard seed 33 that when sown in the ground, even though it is the smallest of all the seeds in the ground – 32 when it is sown, it grows up, 34 becomes the greatest of all garden plants, and grows large branches so that the wild birds 35 can nest in its shade.” 36
33 So 37 with many parables like these, he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear. 34 He did not speak to them without a parable. But privately he explained everything to his own disciples.
35 On that day, when evening came, Jesus 38 said to his disciples, “Let’s go across to the other side of the lake.” 39 36 So 40 after leaving the crowd, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat, 41 and other boats were with him. 37 Now 42 a great windstorm 43 developed and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was nearly swamped. 38 But 44 he was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. They woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are about to die?” 39 So 45 he got up and rebuked 46 the wind, and said to the sea, 47 “Be quiet! Calm down!” Then 48 the wind stopped, and it was dead calm. 40 And he said to them, “Why are you cowardly? Do you still not have faith?” 41 They were overwhelmed by fear and said to one another, “Who then is this? 49 Even the wind and sea obey him!” 50
5 So 1 they came to the other side of the lake, to the region of the Gerasenes. 2 2 Just as Jesus 3 was getting out of the boat, a man with an unclean spirit 4 came from the tombs and met him. 5 3 He lived among the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4 For his hands and feet had often been bound with chains and shackles, 6 but 7 he had torn the chains apart and broken the shackles in pieces. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Each night and every day among the tombs and in the mountains, he would cry out and cut himself with stones. 6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him. 7 Then 8 he cried out with a loud voice, “Leave me alone, 9 Jesus, Son of the Most High God! I implore you by God 10 – do not torment me!” 8 (For Jesus 11 had said to him, “Come out of that man, you unclean spirit!”) 12 9 Jesus 13 asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “My name is Legion, 14 for we are many.” 10 He begged Jesus 15 repeatedly not to send them out of the region. 11 There on the hillside, 16 a great herd of pigs was feeding. 12 And the demonic spirits 17 begged him, “Send us into the pigs. Let us enter them.” 13 Jesus 18 gave them permission. 19 So 20 the unclean spirits came out and went into the pigs. Then the herd rushed down the steep slope into the lake, and about two thousand were drowned in the lake.
14 Now 21 the herdsmen ran off and spread the news in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15 They came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man sitting there, clothed and in his right mind – the one who had the “Legion” – and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen what had happened to the demon-possessed man reported it, and they also told about the pigs. 17 Then 22 they asked Jesus 23 to leave their region. 18 As he was getting into the boat the man who had been demon-possessed asked if he could go 24 with him. 19 But 25 Jesus 26 did not permit him to do so. Instead, he said to him, “Go to your home and to your people and tell them what the Lord has done for you, 27 that he had mercy on you.” 20 So 28 he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis 29 what Jesus had done for him, 30 and all were amazed.
21 When Jesus had crossed again in a boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him, and he was by the sea. 22 Then 31 one of the synagogue rulers, 32 named Jairus, 33 came up, and when he saw Jesus, 34 he fell at his feet. 23 He asked him urgently, “My little daughter is near death. Come and lay your hands on her so that she may be healed and live.” 24 Jesus 35 went with him, and a large crowd followed and pressed around him.
25 Now 36 a woman was there who had been suffering from a hemorrhage 37 for twelve years. 38 26 She had endured a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet instead of getting better, she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 39 28 for she kept saying, 40 “If only I touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 41 29 At once the bleeding stopped, 42 and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 Jesus knew at once that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 His disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing against you and you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 But 43 he looked around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, with fear and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. 44 Go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
35 While he was still speaking, people came from the synagogue ruler’s 45 house saying, “Your daughter has died. Why trouble the teacher any longer?” 36 But Jesus, paying no attention to what was said, told the synagogue ruler, “Do not be afraid; just believe.” 37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James, 46 and John, the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the synagogue ruler where 47 he saw noisy confusion and people weeping and wailing loudly. 48 39 When he entered he said to them, “Why are you distressed and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 And they began making fun of him. 49 But he put them all outside 50 and he took the child’s father and mother and his own companions 51 and went into the room where the child was. 52 41 Then, gently taking the child by the hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up.” 42 The girl got up at once and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). They were completely astonished at this. 53 43 He strictly ordered that no one should know about this, 54 and told them to give her something to eat.