The Parable of the Sower
4 1 And again he began to teach by the sea, and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he, having gone into the boat, sat in the sea, and all the multitude was near the sea, on the land, 2 and he taught them many things in similes, and he said to them in his teaching: 3 'Hearken, lo, the sower went forth to sow; 4 and it came to pass, in the sowing, some fell by the way, and the fowls of the heaven did come and devour it; 5 and other fell upon the rocky ground, where it had not much earth, and immediately it sprang forth, because of not having depth of earth, 6 and the sun having risen, it was scorched, and because of not having root it did wither; 7 and other fell toward the thorns, and the thorns did come up, and choke it, and fruit it gave not; 8 and other fell to the good ground, and was giving fruit, coming up and increasing, and it bare, one thirty-fold, and one sixty, and one an hundred.' 9 And he said to them, 'He who is having ears to hear—let him hear.' 10 And when he was alone, those about him, with the twelve, did ask him of the simile, 11 and he said to them, 'To you it hath been given to know the secret of the reign of God, but to those who are without, in similes are all the things done; 12 that seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand, lest they may turn, and the sins may be forgiven them.' 13 And he saith to them, 'Have ye not known this simile? and how shall ye know all the similes? 14 He who is sowing doth sow the word; 15 and these are they by the way where the word is sown: and whenever they may hear, immediately cometh the Adversary, and he taketh away the word that hath been sown in their hearts. 16 'And these are they, in like manner, who on the rocky ground are sown: who, whenever they may hear the word, immediately with joy do receive it, 17 and have not root in themselves, but are temporary; afterward tribulation or persecution having come because of the word, immediately they are stumbled. 18 'And these are they who toward the thorns are sown: these are they who are hearing the word, 19 and the anxieties of this age, and the deceitfulness of the riches, and the desires concerning the other things, entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. 20 'And these are they who on the good ground have been sown: who do hear the word, and receive, and do bear fruit, one thirty-fold, and one sixty, and one an hundred.'
A Candle under a Bushel
21 And he said to them, 'Doth the lamp come that under the measure it may be put, or under the couch—not that it may be put on the lamp-stand? 22 for there is not anything hid that may not be manifested, nor was anything kept hid but that it may come to light. 23 If any hath ears to hear—let him hear.' 24 And he said to them, 'Take heed what ye hear; in what measure ye measure, it shall be measured to you; and to you who hear it shall be added; 25 for whoever may have, there shall be given to him, and whoever hath not, also that which he hath shall be taken from him.'
The Parable of the Growing Seed
26 And he said, 'Thus is the reign of God: as if a man may cast the seed on the earth, 27 and may sleep, and may rise night and day, and the seed spring up and grow, he hath not known how; 28 for of itself doth the earth bear fruit, first a blade, afterwards an ear, afterwards full corn in the ear; 29 and whenever the fruit may yield itself, immediately he doth send forth the sickle, because the harvest hath come.'
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
30 And he said, 'To what may we liken the reign of God, or in what simile may we compare it? 31 As a grain of mustard, which, whenever it may be sown on the earth, is less than any of the seeds that are on the earth; 32 and whenever it may be sown, it cometh up, and doth become greater than any of the herbs, and doth make great branches, so that under its shade the fowls of the heaven are able to rest.'
Jesus' Use of Parables
33 And with many such similes he was speaking to them the word, as they were able to hear, 34 and without a simile he was not speaking to them, and by themselves, to his disciples he was expounding all.
Jesus Calms a Storm
35 And he saith to them on that day, evening having come, 'We may pass over to the other side;' 36 and having let away the multitude, they take him up as he was in the boat, and other little boats also were with him. 37 And there cometh a great storm of wind, and the waves were beating on the boat, so that it is now being filled, 38 and he himself was upon the stern, upon the pillow sleeping, and they wake him up, and say to him, 'Teacher, art thou not caring that we perish?' 39 And having waked up, he rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, 'Peace, be stilled;' and the wind did lull, and there was a great calm: 40 and he said to them, 'Why are ye so fearful? how have ye not faith?' 41 and they feared a great fear, and said one to another, 'Who, then, is this, that even the wind and the sea do obey him?'
The Gadarene Demoniac Healed
5 1 And they came to the other side of the sea, to the region of the Gadarenes, 2 and he having come forth out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 who had his dwelling in the tombs, and not even with chains was any one able to bind him, 4 because that he many times with fetters and chains had been bound, and pulled in pieces by him had been the chains, and the fetters broken in pieces, and none was able to tame him, 5 and always, night and day, in the mountains, and in the tombs he was, crying and cutting himself with stones. 6 And, having seen Jesus from afar, he ran and bowed before him, 7 and having called with a loud voice, he said, 'What—to me and to thee, Jesus, Son of God the Most High? I adjure thee by God, mayest thou not afflict me!' 8 (for he said to him, 'Come forth, spirit unclean, out of the man,') 9 and he was questioning him, 'What 'is' thy name?' and he answered, saying, 'Legion 'is' my name, because we are many;' 10 and he was calling on him much, that he may not send them out of the region. 11 And there was there, near the mountains, a great herd of swine feeding, 12 and all the demons did call upon him, saying, 'Send us to the swine, that into them we may enter;' 13 and immediately Jesus gave them leave, and having come forth, the unclean spirits did enter into the swine, and the herd did rush down the steep place to the sea—and they were about two thousand—and they were choked in the sea. 14 And those feeding the swine did flee, and told in the city, and in the fields, and they came forth to see what it is that hath been done; 15 and they come unto Jesus, and see the demoniac, sitting, and clothed, and right-minded—him having had the legion—and they were afraid; 16 and those having seen 'it', declared to them how it had come to pass to the demoniac, and about the swine; 17 and they began to call upon him to go away from their borders. 18 And he having gone into the boat, the demoniac was calling on him that he may be with him, 19 and Jesus did not suffer him, but saith to him, 'Go away to thy house, unto thine own 'friends', and tell them how great things the Lord did to thee, and dealt kindly with thee; 20 and he went away, and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how great things Jesus did to him, and all were wondering.
Jairus' Daughter and the Woman Who Touched Jesus' Garment
21 And Jesus having passed over in the boat again to the other side, there was gathered a great multitude to him, and he was near the sea, 22 and lo, there doth come one of the chiefs of the synagogue, by name Jairus, and having seen him, he doth fall at his feet, 23 and he was calling upon him much, saying—'My little daughter is at the last extremity—that having come, thou mayest lay on her 'thy' hands, so that she may be saved, and she shall live;' 24 and he went away with him. And there was following him a great multitude, and they were thronging him, 25 and a certain woman, having an issue of blood twelve years, 26 and many things having suffered under many physicians, and having spent all that she had, and having profited nothing, but rather having come to the worse, 27 having heard about Jesus, having come in the multitude behind, she touched his garment, 28 for she said—'If even his garments I may touch, I shall be saved;' 29 and immediately was the fountain of her blood dried up, and she knew in the body that she hath been healed of the plague. 30 And immediately Jesus having known in himself that out of him power had gone forth, having turned about in the multitude, said, 'Who did touch my garments?' 31 and his disciples said to him, 'Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and thou sayest, 'Who did touch me!' 32 And he was looking round to see her who did this, 33 and the woman, having been afraid, and trembling, knowing what was done on her, came, and fell down before him, and told him all the truth, 34 and he said to her, 'Daughter, thy faith hath saved thee; go away in peace, and be whole from thy plague.'
35 As he is yet speaking, there come from the chief of the synagogue's 'house, certain', saying—'Thy daughter did die, why still dost thou harass the Teacher?' 36 And Jesus immediately, having heard the word that is spoken, saith to the chief of the synagogue, 'Be not afraid, only believe.' 37 And he did not suffer any one to follow with him, except Peter, and James, and John the brother of James; 38 and he cometh to the house of the chief of the synagogue, and seeth a tumult, much weeping and wailing; 39 and having gone in he saith to them, 'Why do ye make a tumult, and weep? the child did not die, but doth sleep; 40 and they were laughing at him. And he, having put all forth, doth take the father of the child, and the mother, and those with him, and goeth in where the child is lying, 41 and, having taken the hand of the child, he saith to her, 'Talitha cumi;' which is, being interpreted, 'Damsel (I say to thee), arise.' 42 And immediately the damsel arose, and was walking, for she was twelve years 'old'; and they were amazed with a great amazement, 43 and he charged them much, that no one may know this thing, and he said that there be given to her to eat.