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of Jesus and His Apostles.

008:004 And when a great crowd was assembling, and was receiving additions
from one town after another, He spoke a parable to them.

008:005 "The sower," He said, "goes out to sow his seed; and as he sows,
some of the seed falls by the way-side, and is trodden upon,
or the birds of the air come and peck it up.

008:006 Another part drops upon the rock, and after growing up it
withers away for want of moisture.

008:007 Another part falls among the thorns, and the thorns grow up
with it and stifle it.

008:008 But some of the seed falls into good ground, and grows up and
yields a return of a hundred for one." While thus speaking,
He cried aloud and said, "Listen, every one who has ears
to listen with!"

008:009 The disciples proceeded to ask Him what this parable meant.

008:010 "To you," He replied, "it is granted to know the secrets
of the Kingdom of God; but all others are taught by parables,
in order that they may see and yet not see, and may hear
and yet not understand.

008:011 The meaning of the parable is as follows. The seed
is God's Message.

008:012 Those by the way-side are those who have heard, and then
the Devil comes and carries away the Message from their hearts,
lest they should believe and be saved.

008:013 Those on the rock are the people who on hearing the Message receive
it joyfully; but they have no root: for a time they believe,
but when trial comes they fall away.

008:014 That which fell among the thorns means those who have heard,
but as they go on their way, the Message is stifled by
the anxieties, wealth and gaieties of time, and they yield
nothing in perfection.

008:015 But as for that in the good ground, it means those who,
having listened to the Message with open minds and in a
right spirit, hold it fast, and patiently yield a return.

008:016 "When any one lights a lamp, he does not cover it with a
vessel or hide it under a couch; he puts it on a lampstand,
that people who enter the room may see the light.

008:017 There is nothing hidden, which shall not be openly seen;
nor anything secret, which shall not be known and come into
the light of day.

008:018 Be careful, therefore, how you hear; for whoever has anything,
to him more shall be given, and whoever has nothing,
even that which he thinks he has shall be taken away from him."

008:019 Then came to Him His mother and His brothers, but could not get
near Him for the crowd.

008:020 But He was told, "Your mother and brothers are standing on
the edge of the crowd, and want to see you."

008:021 "My mother and my brothers," He replied, "are these who hear
God's Message and obey it."

008:022 One day He went on board a boat - both He and his disciples; and He
said to them, "Let us cross over to the other side of the Lake."
So they set sail.

002:023 During the passage He fell asleep, and there came down a squall
of wind on the Lake, so that the boat began to fill and they
were in deadly peril.

008:024 So they came and woke Him, crying, "Rabbi, Rabbi, we are drowning."
Then He roused Himself and rebuked the wind and the surging
of the water, and they ceased and there was a calm.

008:025 "Where is your faith?" He asked them. But they were filled
with terror and amazement, and said to one another,
"Who then is this? for He gives orders both to wind and waves,
and they obey Him."

008:026 Then they put in to shore in the country of the Gerasenes,
which lies opposite to Galilee.

008:027 Here, on landing, He was met by one of the townsmen who was
possessed by demons - for a long time he had not put on any garment,
nor did he live in a house, but in the tombs.

008:028 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before Him,
and said in a loud voice, "What have you to do with me,
Jesus, Son of God Most High? Do not torture me, I beseech you."

008:029 For already He had been commanding the foul spirit to come
out of the man. For many a time it had seized and held him,
and they had repeatedly put him in chains and fetters and kept
guard over him, but he used to break the chains to pieces,
and, impelled by the demon, to escape into the Desert.

008:030 "What is your name?" Jesus asked him. "Legion," he replied -
because a great number of demons had entered into him;

008:031 and they besought Him not to command them to be gone into
the Bottomless Pit.

008:032 Now there was a great herd of swine there feeding on the hill-side;
and the demons begged Him to give them leave to go into them,
and He gave them leave.

008:033 The demons came out of the man and left him, and entered
into the swine; and the herd rushed violently over the cliff
into the Lake and were drowned.

008:034 The swineherds, seeing what had happened, fled and reported
it both in town and country;

008:035 whereupon the people came out to see what had happened.
They came to Jesus, and they found the man from whom the demons
had gone out sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his
right mind; and they were terrified.

008:036 And those who had seen it told them how the demoniac was cured.

008:037 Then the whole population of the Gerasenes and of the adjacent
districts begged Him to depart from them; for their terror
was great. So He went on board and returned.

008:038 But the man from whom the demons had gone out earnestly asked
permission to go with Him; but He sent him away.

008:039 "Return home," He said, "and tell there all that God has done
for you." So he went and published through the whole town
all that Jesus had done for him.

008:040 Now when Jesus was returning, the people gave Him a warm welcome;
for they had all been looking out for Him.

008:041 Just then there came a man named Jair, a Warden of the Synagogue,
who threw himself at the feet of Jesus, and entreated Him
to come to his house;

008:042 for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she
was dying. And as He went, the dense throng crowded on Him.

008:043 And a woman who for twelve years had been afflicted with haemorrhage -
and had spent on doctors all she had, but none of them had
been able to cure her -

008:044 came close behind Him and touched the tassel of His robe;
and instantly her flow of blood stopped.

008:045 "Who is it touched me?" Jesus asked. And when all denied
having done so, Peter and the rest said, "Rabbi, the crowds
are hemming you in and pressing on you."

008:046 "Some one has touched me," Jesus replied, "for I feel that power
has gone out from me."

008:047 Then the woman, perceiving that she had not escaped notice,
came trembling, and throwing herself down at His feet she
stated before all the people the reason why she had touched
Him and how she was instantly cured.

008:048 "Daughter," said He, "your faith has cured you; go, and be at peace."

008:049 While He was still speaking, some one came to the Warden of
the Synagogue from his house and said, "Your daughter is dead;
trouble the Rabbi no further."

008:050 Jesus heard the words and said to him, "Have no fear.
Only believe, and she shall be restored to life."

008:051 So He came to the house, but allowed no one to go in with Him
but Peter and John and James and the girl's father and mother.

008:052 The people were all weeping aloud and beating their breasts for her;
but He said, "Leave off wailing; for she is not dead, but asleep."

008:053 And they jeered at Him, knowing that she was dead.

008:054 He, however, took her by the hand and called aloud, "Child, awake!"

008:055 And her spirit returned, and instantly she stood up;
and He directed them to give her some food.

008:056 Her parents were astounded; but He forbad them to mention
the matter to any one.

009:001 Then calling the Twelve together He conferred on them power
and authority over all the demons and to cure diseases;

009:002 and sent them out to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to
cure the sick.

009:003 And He commanded them, "Take nothing for your journey;
neither stick nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have
an extra under garment.

009:004 Whatever house you enter, make that your home, and from
it start afresh.

009:005 Wherever they refuse to receive you, as you leave that town shake
off the very dust from your feet as a protest against them."

009:006 So they departed and visited village after village,
spreading the Good News and performing cures everywhere.

009:007 Now Herod the Tetrarch heard of all that was going on;
and he was bewildered because of its being said by some
that John had come back to life,

009:008 by others that Elijah had appeared, and by others that some
one of the ancient Prophets had come back to life.

009:009 And Herod said, "John I have beheaded; but who is this,
of whom I hear such reports?" And he sought for an opportunity
of seeing Jesus.

009:010 The Apostles, on their return, related to Jesus all they had done.
Then He took them and withdrew to a quiet retreat,
to a town called Bethsaida.

009:011 But the immense crowd, aware of this, followed Him; and receiving
them kindly He proceeded to speak to them of the Kingdom of God,
and those who needed to be restored to health, He cured.

009:012 Now when the day began to decline, the Twelve came to Him and said,
"Send the people away, that they may go to the villages
and farms round about and find lodging and a supply of food;
because here we are in an uninhabited district."

009:013 "You yourselves," He said, "must give them food."
"We have nothing," they replied, "but five loaves and a couple
of fish, unless indeed we were to go and buy provisions
for all this host of people."

009:014 (For there were about 5,000 adult men.) But He said to His disciples,
"Make them sit down in parties of about fifty each."

009:015 They did so, making them all, without exception, sit down.

009:016 Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking
up to Heaven He blessed them and broke them into portions
which He gave to the disciples to distribute to the people.

009:017 So they ate and were fully satisfied, all of them; and what they
had remaining over was gathered up, twelve baskets of fragments.

009:018 One day when He was praying by Himself the disciples were present;
and He asked them, "Who do the people say that I am?"

009:019 "John the Baptist," they replied; "but others say Elijah;
and others that some one of the ancient Prophets has come
back to life."

009:020 "But you," He asked, "who do you say that I am?"
"God's Anointed One," replied Peter.

009:021 And Jesus strictly forbad them to tell this to any one;

009:022 and He said, "The Son of Man must suffer much cruelty, be rejected
by the Elders and High Priests and Scribes, and be put to death,
and on the third day be raised to life again."

009:023 And He said to all, "If any one is desirous of following me,
let him ignore self and take up his cross day by day,
and so be my follower.

009:024 For whoever desires to save his life shall lose it, and whoever
loses his life for my sake shall save it.

009:025 Why, what benefit is it to a man to have gained the whole world,
but to have lost or forfeited his own self.

009:026 For whoever shall have been ashamed of me and my teachings,
of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His
own and the Father's glory and in that of the holy angels.

009:027 I tell you truly that there are some of those who stand
here who will certainly not taste death till they have seen
the Kingdom of God."

009:028 It was about eight days after this that Jesus, taking with
Him Peter, John, and James, went up the mountain to pray.

009:029 And while He was praying the appearance of His face underwent
a change, and His clothing became white and radiant.

009:030 And suddenly there were two men conversing with Him, who were
Moses and Elijah.

009:031 They came in glory, and kept speaking about His death,
which He was so soon to undergo in Jerusalem.

009:032 Now Peter and the others were weighed down with sleep;
but, keeping themselves awake all through, they saw His glory,
and the two men standing with Him.

009:033 And when they were preparing to depart from Him, Peter said
to Jesus, "Rabbi, we are thankful to you that we are here.
Let us put up three tents - one for you, one for Moses,
and one for Elijah." He did not know what he was saying.

009:034 But while he was thus speaking, there came a cloud which spread
over them; and they were awe-struck when they had entered
into the cloud.

009:035 Then there came a voice from within the cloud:
"This is My Son, My Chosen One: listen to Him."

009:036 After this voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.
They kept it to themselves, and said not a word to any one
at that time about what they had seen.

009:037 On the following day, when they were come down from the mountain,
a great crowd came to meet Him;

009:038 and a man from the crowd called out, "Rabbi, I beg you to pity
my son, for he is my only child.

009:039 At times a spirit seizes him and he suddenly cries out.
It convulses him, and makes him foam at the mouth, and does
not leave him till it has well-nigh covered him with bruises.

009:040 I entreated your disciples to expel the spirit, but they could not."

009:041 "O unbelieving and perverse generation!" replied Jesus;
"how long shall I be with you and bear with you?
Bring your son here to me."

009:042 Now while the youth was coming, the spirit dashed him to the ground
and cruelly convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the foul spirit,
and cured the youth and gave him back to his father.

009:043 And all were awe-struck at the mighty power of God.
And while every one was expressing wonder at all that He
was doing, He said to his disciples,

009:044 "As for you, store these my sayings in your memory; for, before long,
the Son of Man will be betrayed into the hands of men."

009:045 But they did not understand His meaning: it was veiled from
them that they might not perceive it, and they were afraid
to ask Him about it.

009:046 Now there arose a dispute among them, which of them was to
be the greatest.

009:047 And Jesus, knowing the reasoning that was in their hearts,
took a young child and made him stand by His side

009:048 and said to them, "Whoever for my sake receives this little child,
receives me; and whoever receives me, receives Him who sent me.
For the lowliest among you all - he is the greatest."

009:049 "Rabbi," replied John, "we have seen a man making use of your
name to expel demons; and we forbad him, because he does
not come with us."

009:050 "Do not forbid him," said Jesus, "for he who is not against you
is on your side."

009:051 Now when the time drew near for Him to be received up again
into Heaven, He proceeded with fixed purpose towards Jerusalem,
and sent messengers before Him.

009:052 They went and entered a village of the Samaritans to make
ready for Him.

009:053 But the people there would not receive Him, because He was
evidently going to Jerusalem.

009:054 When the disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Master,
do you wish us to order fire to come down from Heaven
and consume them?"

009:055 But He turned and rebuked them.

009:056 And they went to another village.

009:057 And, as they proceeded on their way, a man came to Him and said,
"I will follow you wherever you go."

009:058 "The foxes have holes," said Jesus, "and the birds of the air
have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."

009:059 "Follow me," He said to another. "Master," the man replied,
"allow me first to go and bury my father."

009:060 "Leave the dead," Jesus rejoined, "to bury their own dead;
but you must go and announce far and wide the coming of
the Kingdom of God."

009:061 "Master," said yet another, "I will follow you; but allow me
first to go and say good-bye to my friends at home."

009:062 Jesus answered him, "No one who has put his hand to the plough,
and then looks behind him, is fit for the Kingdom of God.

010:001 After this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them
before Him, by twos, to go to every town or place which
He Himself intended to visit.

010:002 And He addressed them thus: "The harvest is abundant,
but the reapers are few: therefore entreat the Owner
of the harvest to send out more reapers into His fields.
And now go.

010:003 Remember that I am sending you out as lambs into the midst of wolves.

010:004 Carry no purse, bag, nor change of shoes; and salute no one
on your way."

010:005 "Whatever house you enter, first say, `Peace be to this house!'

010:006 And if there is a lover of peace there, your peace shall rest
upon it; otherwise come back upon you.

010:007 And in that same house stay, eating and drinking at their table;
for the labourer deserves his wages. Do not move from one
house to another.

010:008 "And whatever town you come to and they receive you,
eat what they put before you.

010:009 Cure the sick in that town, and tell them, "`The Kingdom of God
is now at your door.'

010:010 "But whatever town you come to and they will not receive you,
go out into the broader streets and say,

010:011 "`The very dust of your town that hangs about us we wipe off
as a protest. Only be sure of this, that the Kingdom of God
is close at hand.'

010:012 "I tell you that it will be more endurable for Sodom on
the great day than for that town.

010:013 "Alas for thee, Chorazin! Alas for thee, Bethsaida! For had
the miracles been performed in Tyre and Sidon which have been
performed in you, long ere now they would have repented,
sitting in sackcloth and ashes.

010:014 However, for Tyre and Sidon it will be more endurable at
the Judgement than for you.

010:015 And thou, Capernaum, shalt thou be lifted high as Heaven? Thou shalt
be driven down as low as Hades.

010:016 "He who listens to you listens to me; and he who disregards
you disregards me, and he who disregards me disregards Him
who sent me."

010:017 When the Seventy returned, they exclaimed joyfully, "Master,
even the demons submit to us when we utter your name."

010:018 "I saw Satan fall like a lightning-flash out of Heaven," He replied.

010:019 "I have given you power to tread serpents and scorpions underfoot,
and to trample on all the power of the Enemy; and in no case
shall anything do you harm.

010:020 Nevertheless rejoice not at this, that the spirits submit to you;
but rejoice that your names are registered in Heaven."

010:021 On that same occasion Jesus was filled by the Holy Spirit
with rapturous joy. "I give Thee fervent thanks,"
He exclaimed, "O Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, that Thou
hast hidden these things from sages and men of understanding,
and hast revealed them to babes. Yes, Father, for such has
been Thy gracious will.

010:022 All things are delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows
who the Son is but the Father, nor who the Father is but the Son,
and he to whom the Son may choose to reveal Him."

010:023 And He turned towards His disciples and said to them apart,
"Blessed are the eyes which see what you see!

010:024 For I tell you that many Prophets and kings have desired to see
the things you see, and have not seen them, and to hear
the things you hear, and have not heard them."

010:025 Then an expounder of the Law stood up to test Him with a question.
"Rabbi," he asked, "what shall I do to inherit the Life
of the Ages?"

010:026 "Go to the Law," said Jesus; "what is written there? how
does it read?"

010:027 "`Thou shalt love the Lord thy God,'" he replied, "`with thy
whole heart, thy whole soul, thy whole strength, and thy whole mind;
and thy fellow man as much as thyself.'"

010:028 "A right answer," said Jesus; "do that, and you shall live."

010:029 But he, desiring to justify himself, said, "But what is meant
by my `fellow man'?"

010:030 Jesus replied, "A man was once on his way down from Jerusalem
to Jericho when he fell among robbers, who after both stripping
and beating him went away, leaving him half dead.

010:031 Now a priest happened to be going down that way, and on seeing
him passed by on the other side.

010:032 In like manner a Levite also came to the place, and seeing
him passed by on the other side.

010:033 But a certain Samaritan, being on a journey, came where he lay,
and seeing him was moved with pity.

010:034 He went to him, and dressed his wounds with oil and wine and
bound them up. Then placing him on his own mule he brought
him to an inn, where he bestowed every care on him.

010:035 The next day he took out two shillings and gave them to
the innkeeper. "`Take care of him,' he said, `and whatever
further expense you are put to, I will repay it you at
my next visit.'

010:036 "Which of those three seems to you to have acted like a fellow
man to him who fell among the robbers?"

010:037 "The one who showed him pity," he replied. "Go," said Jesus,
"and act in the same way."

010:038 As they pursued their journey He came to a certain village,
where a woman named Martha welcomed Him to her house.

010:039 She had a sister called Mary, who seated herself at the Lord's
feet and listened to His teaching.

010:040 Martha meanwhile was busy and distracted in waiting at table,
and she came and said, "Master, do you not care that my sister
is leaving me to do all the waiting? Tell her to assist me."

010:041 "Martha, Martha," replied Jesus, "you are anxious and worried
about a multitude of things;

010:042 and yet only one thing is really necessary. Mary has chosen
the good portion and she shall not be deprived of it."

011:001 At one place where He was praying, when He rose from His knees
one of His disciples said to Him, "Master, teach us to pray,
just as John taught his disciples."

011:002 So He said to them, "When you pray, say, `Father may Thy name
be kept holy; let Thy Kingdom come;

011:003 give us day after day our bread for the day;

011:004 and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive every one
who fails in his duty to us; and bring us not into temptation.'"

011:005 And He said to them, "Which of you shall have a friend and shall
go to him in the middle of the night and say, "`Friend, lend me
three loaves of bread;

011:006 for a friend of mine has just come to my house from a distance,
and I have nothing for him to eat'?

011:007 "And he from indoors shall answer, "`Do not pester me.
The door is now barred, and I am here in bed with my children.
I cannot get up and give you bread.'

011:008 "I tell you that even if he will not rise and give him the loaves
because he is his friend, at any rate because of his persistency


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