Luke 8

Luke 8

 
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1 Not long afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby cities and villages to announce the Good News concerning the Kingdom of God. He took his twelve disciples with him,

2 along with some women he had healed and from whom he had cast out evil spirits. Among them were Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons;

3 Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod's business manager; Susanna; and many others who were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples.

4 One day Jesus told this story to a large crowd that had gathered from many towns to hear him:

5 "A farmer went out to plant some seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds came and ate it.

6 Other seed fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. This seed began to grow, but soon it withered and died for lack of moisture.

7 Other seed fell among thorns that shot up and choked out the tender blades.

8 Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop one hundred times as much as had been planted." When he had said this, he called out, "Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand!"

9 His disciples asked him what the story meant.

10 He replied, "You have been permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of God. But I am using these stories to conceal everything about it from outsiders, so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled: `They see what I do, but they don't really see; they hear what I say, but they don't understand.'*1

11 "This is the meaning of the story: The seed is God's message.

12 The seed that fell on the hard path represents those who hear the message, but then the Devil comes and steals it away and prevents them from believing and being saved.

13 The rocky soil represents those who hear the message with joy. But like young plants in such soil, their roots don't go very deep. They believe for a while, but they wilt when the hot winds of testing blow.

14 The thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity.

15 But the good soil represents honest, good-hearted people who hear God's message, cling to it, and steadily produce a huge harvest.

16 "No one would light a lamp and then cover it up or put it under a bed. No, lamps are mounted in the open, where they can be seen by those entering the house.

17 For everything that is hidden or secret will eventually be brought to light and made plain to all.

18 So be sure to pay attention to what you hear. To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But to those who are not listening, even what they think they have will be taken away from them."

19 Once when Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him, they couldn't get to him because of the crowds.

20 Someone told Jesus, "Your mother and your brothers are outside, and they want to see you."

21 Jesus replied, "My mother and my brothers are all those who hear the message of God and obey it."

22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's cross over to the other side of the lake." So they got into a boat and started out.

23 On the way across, Jesus lay down for a nap, and while he was sleeping the wind began to rise. A fierce storm developed that threatened to swamp them, and they were in real danger.

24 The disciples woke him up, shouting, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" So Jesus rebuked the wind and the raging waves. The storm stopped and all was calm!

25 Then he asked them, "Where is your faith?" And they were filled with awe and amazement. They said to one another, "Who is this man, that even the winds and waves obey him?"

26 So they arrived in the land of the Gerasenes,* across the lake from Galilee.2

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Notes:

1: Isa 6:9.

2: Some manuscripts read Gadarenes; other manuscripts read Gergesenes. See Matt 8:28; Mark 5:1.


New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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