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.
6 Now 1 Jesus left that place and came to his hometown, 2 and his disciples followed him. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue. 3 Many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did he get these ideas? 4 And what is this wisdom that has been given to him? What are these miracles that are done through his hands? 3 Isn’t this the carpenter, the son 5 of Mary 6 and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And aren’t his sisters here with us?” And so they took offense at him. 4 Then 7 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown, and among his relatives, and in his own house.” 5 He was not able to do a miracle there, except to lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 And he was amazed because of their unbelief. Then 8 he went around among the villages and taught.
7 Jesus 9 called the twelve and began to send them out two by two. He gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 10 8 He instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff 11 – no bread, no bag, 12 no money in their belts – 9 and to put on sandals but not to wear two tunics. 13 10 He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there 14 until you leave the area. 11 If a place will not welcome you or listen to you, as you go out from there, shake the dust off 15 your feet as a testimony against them.” 12 So 16 they went out and preached that all should repent. 13 They cast out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
14 Now 17 King Herod 18 heard this, for Jesus’ 19 name had become known. Some 20 were saying, “John the baptizer 21 has been raised from the dead, and because of this, miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 Others said, “He is Elijah.” Others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets from the past.” 16 But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised!” 17 For Herod himself had sent men, arrested John, and bound him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod 22 had married her. 18 For John had repeatedly told 23 Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 24 19 So Herodias nursed a grudge against him and wanted to kill him. But 25 she could not 20 because Herod stood in awe of 26 John and protected him, since he knew that John 27 was a righteous and holy man. When Herod 28 heard him, he was thoroughly baffled, 29 and yet 30 he liked to listen to John. 31
21 But 32 a suitable day 33 came, when Herod gave a banquet on his birthday for his court officials, military commanders, and leaders of Galilee. 22 When his daughter Herodias 34 came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you want and I will give it to you.” 23 He swore to her, 35 “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.” 36 24 So 37 she went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” Her mother 38 said, “The head of John the baptizer.” 39 25 Immediately she hurried back to the king and made her request: 40 “I want the head of John the Baptist on a platter immediately.” 26 Although it grieved the king deeply, 41 he did not want to reject her request because of his oath and his guests. 27 So 42 the king sent an executioner at once to bring John’s 43 head, and he went and beheaded John in prison. 28 He brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When John’s 44 disciples heard this, they came and took his body and placed it in a tomb.
30 Then 45 the apostles gathered around Jesus and told him everything they had done and taught. 31 He said to them, “Come with me privately to an isolated place and rest a while” (for many were coming and going, and there was no time to eat). 32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to some remote place. 33 But many saw them leaving and recognized them, and they hurried on foot 46 from all the towns 47 and arrived there ahead of them. 48 34 As Jesus 49 came ashore 50 he saw the large crowd and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So 51 he taught them many things.
35 When it was already late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is an isolated place 52 and it is already very late. 36 Send them away so that they can go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.” 37 But he answered them, 53 “You 54 give them something to eat.” And they said, “Should we go and buy bread for two hundred silver coins 55 and give it to them to eat?” 38 He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five – and two fish.” 39 Then he directed them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they reclined in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41 He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. He 56 gave them to his 57 disciples to serve the people, and he divided the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and they picked up the broken pieces and fish that were left over, twelve baskets full. 44 Now 58 there were five thousand men 59 who ate the bread. 60
45 Immediately Jesus 61 made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dispersed the crowd. 46 After saying good-bye to them, he went to the mountain to pray. 47 When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea and he was alone on the land. 48 He 62 saw them straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. As the night was ending, 63 he came to them walking on the sea, 64 for 65 he wanted to pass by them. 66 49 When they saw him walking on the water 67 they thought he was a ghost. They 68 cried out, 50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them: 69 “Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.” 51 Then he went up with them into the boat, and the wind ceased. They were completely astonished, 52 because they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
53 After they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret 70 and anchored there. 54 As they got out of the boat, people immediately recognized Jesus. 71 55 They ran through that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever he was rumored to be. 72 56 And wherever he would go – into villages, towns, or countryside – they would place the sick in the marketplaces, and would ask him if 73 they could just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.