A Multitude at the Seaside
7Jesus departed with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him;8hearing all that he was doing, they came to him in great numbers from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan, and the region around Tyre and Sidon.9He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him;10for he had cured many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him.11Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and shouted, “You are the Son of God!”12But he sternly ordered them not to make him known.Jesus Appoints the Twelve
13He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him.14And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message,15and to have authority to cast out demons.16So he appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter);17James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder);18and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean,19and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
Jesus and Beelzebul
Then he went home;20and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat.21When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.”22And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.”23And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan?24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.25And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.26And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come.27But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.28“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter;29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”—30for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”The True Kindred of Jesus
31Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him.32A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.”33And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”34And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!35Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
Chapter 4The Parable of the Sower
1Again he began to teach beside the sea. Such a very large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the sea and sat there, while the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.2He began to teach them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them:3“Listen! A sower went out to sow.4And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up.5Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly, since it had no depth of soil.6And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away.7Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.8Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.”9And he said, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”The Purpose of the Parables
10When he was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables.11And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables;12in order that
‘they may indeed look, but not perceive,
and may indeed listen, but not understand;
so that they may not turn again and be forgiven.’ ”13And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand all the parables?14The sower sows the word.15These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them.16And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, they immediately receive it with joy.17But they have no root, and endure only for a while; then, when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.18And others are those sown among the thorns: these are the ones who hear the word,19but the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it yields nothing.20And these are the ones sown on the good soil: they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.”A Lamp under a Bushel Basket
21He said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand?22For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light.23Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”24And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you.25For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.”The Parable of the Growing Seed
26He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground,27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”The Parable of the Mustard Seed
30He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it?31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth;32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”The Use of Parables
33With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it;34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.
Jesus Stills a Storm
35On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”36And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him.37A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped.38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”39He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.40He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”41And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”Chapter 5Jesus Heals the Gerasene Demoniac
1They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes.2And when he had stepped out of the boat, immediately a man out of the tombs with an unclean spirit met him.3He lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him any more, even with a chain;4for he had often been restrained with shackles and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the shackles he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him.5Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always howling and bruising himself with stones.6When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him;7and he shouted at the top of his voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.”8For he had said to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!”9Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion; for we are many.”10He begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country.11Now there on the hillside a great herd of swine was feeding;12and the unclean spirits begged him, “Send us into the swine; let us enter them.”13So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and were drowned in the sea.14The swineherds ran off and told it in the city and in the country. Then people came to see what it was that had happened.15They came to Jesus and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the legion; and they were afraid.16Those who had seen what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine reported it.17Then they began to beg Jesus to leave their neighborhood.18As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him.19But Jesus refused, and said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you.”20And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed
21When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea.22Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet23and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.”24So he went with him.
And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him.25Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years.26She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse.27She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak,28for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.”29Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.30Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?”31And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’ ”32He looked all around to see who had done it.33But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.34He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”35While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader's house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?”36But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”37He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.38When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.39When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.”40And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was.41He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!”42And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement.43He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.Chapter 6The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth
1He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him.2On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands!3Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.4Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.”5And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them.6And he was amazed at their unbelief.
The Mission of the Twelve
Then he went about among the villages teaching.