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8 And thereafter he was making a tour city by city and village by village, preaching and bringing word of the Reign of God, and with him the Twelve 2 and certain women who had been cured of evil spirits and sickness,—Mary known as the Magdalene, from whom seven demons had come out, 3* and Johanna the widow of Herod’s superintendent Chuzas, and Susanna, and many others, who supplied the men’s needs out of their property, 4 —and as a great crowd was coming together, and the people from city after city were flocking to him, he said in a parable 5 “The sower went out to sow his seed. And in his sowing some fell on the roadside and was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up; 6 and some more dropped on the rock, and after it came up it dried out because of not having any moisture; 7 and some more fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up with it and smothered it; 8 and some more fell on the good soil, and after it came up it produced a hundredfold crop.” Saying this, he called out “Let him who has ears to hear, hear!” 9 And his disciples put the question to him what that parable stood for; 10 and he said “To you it is given to know the secrets of the Reign of God; but to the rest it is in parables, that when they see they may not see and when they hear they may not understand. 11 But this is what the parable stands for. The seed is the word of God; 12 and the ones on the roadside are those who hear and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved; 13 and the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, accept the word with joy, while they have no root—who believe temporarily and quit in testing-time; 14 and what fell among the thorns, these are the ones who hear, and, as they go on, are stifled by life’s anxieties and riches and pleasures, and do not ripen a crop; 15 and what was in soil that was all right, these are those who hear and retain the word in a right and good heart, and bear their crop by holding out. 16 “But nobody after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or sets it under a couch, but sets it on a stand so that those who enter can see the light. 17 For there is no secret thing that will not be laid open, nor a thing concealed that shall not be found out and brought to light. 18 So look out how you hear; for to one who has, more shall be given, and from one who has not, even what he seems to have shall be taken away.” 19 And his mother and his brothers came to him, and could not get at him because of the crowd; 20 and he was told “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside wanting to see you.” 21 But he answered them “My mother and my brothers, they are those who listen to God’s word and do it.” 22 And on one of the days he and his disciples had got into a boat, and he said to them “Let us go across to the other side of the lake,” and they started; 23 and during the passage he fell asleep. And a squall of wind came down on the lake, and they were getting swamped and were in danger; 24 and they approached him and roused him up, saying “Master, master, we are lost.” But when he was roused he rebuked the wind and the surging of the water, and they stopped and there was a calm. 25* And he said to them “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid and wondered, saying to each other “Who then is this, that he gives orders to the winds and the water and they obey him?” 26* And they came to land in the country of the Gerasenes, which is on the opposite side from Galilee. 27 And when he had landed there met him a certain man out of the city who had demons, and had not for a considerable time had on a garment, and did not stay in a house but in the tombs. 28 And at seeing Jesus he screamed out and threw himself down before him and said in a loud voice “What have I to do with you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torture me”; 29 for he was enjoining the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For at many times it had seized him, and he used to be manacled with fetters and chains and kept under guard, and he would burst the fastenings and be driven to the wildernesses by the demon. 30 And Jesus put the question to him “What is your name?” and he said “Brigade,” because many demons had entered him. 31 And they were appealing to him not to order them to go to the abyss. 32 Now there was there a considerable herd of hogs feeding on the mountainside; and they appealed to him to permit them to enter those; and he gave them permission, 33 and the demons came out of the man and entered the hogs, and the herd bolted down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. 34 And the men who were tending them, at seeing what had happened, ran away and reported it in the city and in the fields; 35 and they came out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had come out sitting at Jesus’s feet, clothed and sane, and they were afraid. 36 And those who had seen it reported to them how the demon-ridden man had been brought to himself. 37 And the entire populace of the region of the Gerasenes asked him to go away from their country, because they were under the strain of a great fear; and he got into a boat and returned. 38 And the man from whom the demons had come out begged to be with him; but he dismissed him, saying 39 “Return home and tell what things God has done for you”; and he went off through the whole city proclaiming what things Jesus had done for him. 40 And at Jesus’s return the crowd was there to welcome him; for they were all expecting him. 41 And there came a man whose name was Jair—and he was a director in the synagogue—and threw himself down at Jesus’s feet and appealed to him to come to his house, 42 because he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying. And while he was on the way the crowds were suffocating him; 43 and a woman who had been having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had not succeeded in getting cured by anybody, 44 came up behind and touched the tassel of his cloak, and immediately her flow of blood stopped. 45* And Jesus said “Who was it that touched me?” but everybody denied it, while Peter said “Master, the crowds are hemming you in and crushing you.” 46 But Jesus said “Somebody touched me; for I felt that a power had gone out from me.” 47 And the woman, seeing that she had not escaped notice, came trembling and threw herself down before him and told him before all the people the reason why she touched him, and how she was healed immediately; 48 and he said to her “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go, and good betide you.” 49 While he was still speaking, someone came from the director’s house saying “Your daughter is dead; do not put the teacher out anymore.” 50 But Jesus, hearing it, answered him “Do not be afraid, only believe, and she shall get well.” 51 And when he came to the house he would not let anyone go in with him but Peter and John and James and the girl’s father and mother. 52 And everybody was weeping and wailing for her; but he said “Do not weep, she is not dead but asleep.” 53 And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he grasped her hand and called “Girl, rise”; 55 and her spirit came back, and she stood up immediately; and he directed that she should be given something to eat. 56 And her parents were astounded; but he instructed them to tell nobody what had taken place.