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1 Soon afterwards, He began going around from one city and village to another, aproclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him,
4 aWhen a large crowd was coming together, and those from the various cities were journeying to Him, He spoke by way of a parable:
5 “The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the 1air ate it up.
9 aHis disciples began questioning Him as to what this parable meant.
11 “Now the parable is this: athe seed is the word of God.
13 “Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; 1they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.
14 “The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.
15 “But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with 1perseverance.
16 “Now ano one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light.
17 “aFor nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light.
19 aAnd His mother and brothers came to Him, and they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd.
21 But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these awho hear the word of God and do it.”
23 But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on athe lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger.
26 aThen they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee.
27 And when He came out onto the land, He was met by a man from the city who was possessed with demons; and who had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a house, but in the tombs.
29 For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had seized him many times; and he was bound with chains and shackles and kept under guard, and yet he would break his bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.
30 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “aLegion”; for many demons had entered him.
31 They were imploring Him not to command them to go away into athe abyss.
32 Now there was a herd of many swine feeding there on the mountain; and the demons implored Him to permit them to enter 1the swine. And He gave them permission.
33 And the demons came out of the man and entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into athe lake and was drowned.
35 The people went out to see what had happened; and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting down aat the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they became frightened.
42 for he had an 1only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying. But as He went, the crowds were pressing against Him.
44 came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His 1cloak, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped.
46 But Jesus said, “Someone did touch Me, for I was aware that apower had gone out of Me.”
47 When the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came trembling and fell down before Him, and declared in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed.
56 Her parents were amazed; but He ainstructed them to tell no one what had happened.
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