The Parable of the Sower
13 1 And in that day Jesus, having gone forth from the house, was sitting by the sea, 2 and gathered together unto him were many multitudes, so that he having gone into the boat did sit down, and all the multitude on the beach did stand, 3 and he spake to them many things in similes, saying: 'Lo, the sower went forth to sow, 4 and in his sowing, some indeed fell by the way, and the fowls did come and devour them, 5 and others fell upon the rocky places, where they had not much earth, and immediately they sprang forth, through not having depth of earth, 6 and the sun having risen they were scorched, and through not having root, they withered, 7 and others fell upon the thorns, and the thorns did come up and choke them, 8 and others fell upon the good ground, and were giving fruit, some indeed a hundredfold, and some sixty, and some thirty. 9 He who is having ears to hear—let him hear.'
The Purpose of the Parables
10 And the disciples having come near, said to him, 'Wherefore in similes dost thou speak to them?' 11 And he answering said to them that—'To you it hath been given to know the secrets of the reign of the heavens, and to these it hath not been given, 12 for whoever hath, it shall be given to him, and he shall have overabundance, and whoever hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken from him. 13 'Because of this, in similes do I speak to them, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor understand, 14 and fulfilled on them is the prophecy of Isaiah, that saith, With hearing ye shall hear, and ye shall not understand, and seeing ye shall see, and ye shall not perceive, 15 for made gross was the heart of this people, and with the ears they heard heavily, and their eyes they did close, lest they might see with the eyes, and with the ears might hear, and with the heart understand, and turn back, and I might heal them. 16 'And happy are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear, 17 for verily I say to you, that many prophets and righteous men did desire to see that which ye look on, and they did not see, and to hear that which ye hear, and they did not hear.
Jesus Explains the Parable of the Sower
18 'Ye, therefore, hear ye the simile of the sower: 19 Every one hearing the word of the reign, and not understanding—the evil one doth come, and doth catch that which hath been sown in his heart; this is that sown by the way. 20 'And that sown on the rocky places, this is he who is hearing the word, and immediately with joy is receiving it, 21 and he hath not root in himself, but is temporary, and persecution or tribulation having happened because of the word, immediately he is stumbled. 22 'And that sown toward the thorns, this is he who is hearing the word, and the anxiety of this age, and the deceitfulness of the riches, do choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. 23 'And that sown on the good ground: this is he who is hearing the word, and is understanding, who indeed doth bear fruit, and doth make, some indeed a hundredfold, and some sixty, and some thirty.'
The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares
24 Another simile he set before them, saying: 'The reign of the heavens was likened to a man sowing good seed in his field, 25 and, while men are sleeping, his enemy came and sowed darnel in the midst of the wheat, and went away, 26 and when the herb sprang up, and yielded fruit, then appeared also the darnel. 27 'And the servants of the householder, having come near, said to him, Sir, good seed didst thou not sow in thy field? whence then hath it the darnel? 28 And he saith to them, A man, an enemy, did this; and the servants said to him, Wilt thou, then, 'that' having gone away we may gather it up? 29 'And he said, No, lest—gathering up the darnel—ye root up with it the wheat, 30 suffer both to grow together till the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather up first the darnel, and bind it in bundles, to burn it, and the wheat gather up into my storehouse.'
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
31 Another simile he set before them, saying: 'The reign of the heavens is like to a grain of mustard, which a man having taken, did sow in his field, 32 which less, indeed, is than all the seeds, but when it may be grown, is greatest of the herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the heaven do come and rest in its branches.'
The Parable of the Leaven
33 Another simile spake he to them: 'The reign of the heavens is like to leaven, which a woman having taken, hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.'
Jesus' Use of Parables
34 All these things spake Jesus in similes to the multitudes, and without a simile he was not speaking to them, 35 that it might be fulfilled that was spoken through the prophet, saying, 'I will open in similes my mouth, I will utter things having been hidden from the foundation of the world.'
Jesus Explains the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares
36 Then having let away the multitudes, Jesus came to the house, and his disciples came near to him, saying, 'Explain to us the simile of the darnel of the field.' 37 And he answering said to them, 'He who is sowing the good seed is the Son of Man, 38 and the field is the world, and the good seed, these are the sons of the reign, and the darnel are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is a full end of the age, and the reapers are messengers. 40 'As, then, the darnel is gathered up, and is burned with fire, so shall it be in the full end of this age, 41 the Son of Man shall send forth his messengers, and they shall gather up out of his kingdom all the stumbling-blocks, and those doing the unlawlessness, 42 and shall cast them to the furnace of the fire; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth. 43 'Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the reign of their Father. He who is having ears to hear—let him hear.
The Hidden Treasure
44 'Again, the reign of the heavens is like to treasure hid in the field, which a man having found did hide, and from his joy goeth, and all, as much as he hath, he selleth, and buyeth that field.
The Pearl of Great Price
45 'Again, the reign of the heavens is like to a man, a merchant, seeking goodly pearls, 46 who having found one pearl of great price, having gone away, hath sold all, as much as he had, and bought it.
47 'Again, the reign of the heavens is like to a net that was cast into the sea, and did gather together of every kind, 48 which, when it was filled, having drawn up again upon the beach, and having sat down, they gathered the good into vessels, and the bad they did cast out, 49 so shall it be in the full end of the age, the messengers shall come forth and separate the evil out of the midst of the righteous, 50 and shall cast them to the furnace of the fire, there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth.'
Treasures New and Old
51 Jesus saith to them, 'Did ye understand all these?' They say to him, 'Yes, sir.' 52 And he said to them, 'Because of this every scribe having been discipled in regard to the reign of the heavens, is like to a man, a householder, who doth bring forth out of his treasure things new and old.'
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
53 And it came to pass, when Jesus finished these similes, he removed thence, 54 and having come to his own country, he was teaching them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and were saying, 'Whence to this one this wisdom and the mighty works? 55 is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary, and his brethren James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 56 and his sisters—are they not all with us? whence, then, to this one all these?' 57 and they were stumbled at him. And Jesus said to them, 'A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, and in his own house:' 58 and he did not there many mighty works, because of their unbelief.
Some Women Accompany Jesus
8 1 And it came to pass thereafter, that he was going through every city and village, preaching and proclaiming good news of the reign of God, and the twelve 'are' with him, 2 and certain women, who were healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary who is called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone forth, 3 and Joanna wife of Chuza, steward of Herod, and Susanna, and many others, who were ministering to him from their substance.
The Parable of the Sower
4 And a great multitude having gathered, and those who from city and city were coming unto him, he spake by a simile: 5 'The sower went forth to sow his seed, and in his sowing some indeed fell beside the way, and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the heaven did devour it. 6 'And other fell upon the rock, and having sprung up, it did wither, through not having moisture. 7 'And other fell amidst the thorns, and the thorns having sprung up with it, did choke it. 8 'And other fell upon the good ground, and having sprung up, it made fruit an hundred fold.' These things saying, he was calling, 'He having ears to hear—let him hear.' 9 And his disciples were questioning him, saying, 'What may this simile be?' 10 And he said, 'To you it hath been given to know the secrets of the reign of God, and to the rest in similes; that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. 11 'And this is the simile: The seed is the word of God, 12 and those beside the way are those hearing, then cometh the Devil, and taketh up the word from their heart, lest having believed, they may be saved. 13 'And those upon the rock: They who, when they may hear, with joy do receive the word, and these have no root, who for a time believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 'And that which fell to the thorns: These are they who have heard, and going forth, through anxieties, and riches, and pleasures of life, are choked, and bear not to completion. 15 'And that in the good ground: These are they, who in an upright and good heart, having heard the word, do retain 'it', and bear fruit in continuance.
A Light under a Vessel
16 'And no one having lighted a lamp doth cover it with a vessel, or under a couch doth put 'it'; but upon a lamp-stand he doth put 'it', that those coming in may see the light, 17 for nothing is secret, that shall not become manifest, nor hid, that shall not be known, and become manifest. 18 'See, therefore, how ye hear, for whoever may have, there shall be given to him, and whoever may not have, also what he seemeth to have, shall be taken from him.'
Jesus' Mother and Brethren
19 And there came unto him his mother and brethren, and they were not able to get to him because of the multitude, 20 and it was told him, saying, 'Thy mother and thy brethren do stand without, wishing to see thee;' 21 and he answering said unto them, 'My mother and my brethren! they are those who the word of God are hearing, and doing.'
Jesus Calms a Storm
22 And it came to pass, on one of the days, that he himself went into a boat with his disciples, and he said unto them, 'We may go over to the other side of the lake;' and they set forth, 23 and as they are sailing he fell deeply asleep, and there came down a storm of wind to the lake, and they were filling, and were in peril. 24 And having come near, they awoke him, saying, 'Master, master, we perish;' and he, having arisen, rebuked the wind and the raging of the water, and they ceased, and there came a calm, 25 and he said to them, 'Where is your faith?' and they being afraid did wonder, saying unto one another, 'Who, then, is this, that even the winds he doth command, and the water, and they obey him?'
The Gadarene Demoniac Healed
26 And they sailed down to the region of the Gadarenes, that is over-against Galilee, 27 and he having gone forth upon the land, there met him a certain man, out of the city, who had demons for a long time, and with a garment was not clothed, and in a house was not abiding, but in the tombs, 28 and having seen Jesus, and having cried out, he fell before him, and with a loud voice, said, 'What—to me and to thee, Jesus, Son of God Most High? I beseech thee, mayest thou not afflict me!' 29 For he commanded the unclean spirit to come forth from the man, for many times it had caught him, and he was being bound with chains and fetters—guarded, and breaking asunder the bonds he was driven by the demons to the deserts. 30 And Jesus questioned him, saying, 'What is thy name?' and he said, 'Legion,' (because many demons were entered into him,) 31 and he was calling on him, that he may not command them to go away to the abyss, 32 and there was there a herd of many swine feeding in the mountain, and they were calling on him, that he might suffer them to enter into these, and he suffered them, 33 and the demons having gone forth from the man, did enter into the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep to the lake, and were choked. 34 And those feeding 'them', having seen what was come to pass, fled, and having gone, told 'it' to the city, and to the fields; 35 and they came forth to see what was come to pass, and they came unto Jesus, and found the man sitting, out of whom the demons had gone forth, clothed, and right-minded, at the feet of Jesus, and they were afraid; 36 and those also having seen 'it', told them how the demoniac was saved. 37 And the whole multitude of the region of the Gadarenes round about asked him to go away from them, because with great fear they were pressed, and he having entered into the boat, did turn back. 38 And the man from whom the demons had gone forth was beseeching of him to be with him, and Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 'Turn back to thy house, and tell how great things God did to thee;' and he went away through all the city proclaiming how great things Jesus did to him.
Jairus' Daughter and the Woman Who Touched Jesus' Garment
40 And it came to pass, in the turning back of Jesus, the multitude received him, for they were all looking for him, 41 and lo, there came a man, whose name 'is' Jairus, and he was a chief of the synagogue, and having fallen at the feet of Jesus, was calling on him to come to his house; 42 because he had an only daughter about twelve years 'old', and she was dying. And in his going away, the multitudes were thronging him, 43 and a woman, having an issue of blood for twelve years, who, having spent on physicians all her living, was not able to be healed by any, 44 having come near behind, touched the fringe of his garment, and presently the issue of her blood stood. 45 And Jesus said, 'Who 'is' it that touched me?' and all denying, Peter and those with him said, 'Master, the multitudes press thee, and throng 'thee', and thou dost say, Who 'is' it that touched me!' 46 And Jesus said, 'Some one did touch me, for I knew power having gone forth from me.' 47 And the woman, having seen that she was not hid, trembling, came, and having fallen before him, for what cause she touched him declared to him before all the people, and how she was healed presently; 48 and he said to her, 'Take courage, daughter, thy faith hath saved thee, be going on to peace.' 49 While he is yet speaking, there doth come a certain one from the chief of the synagogue's 'house', saying to him—'Thy daughter hath died, harass not the Teacher;' 50 and Jesus having heard, answered him, saying, 'Be not afraid, only believe, and she shall be saved.' 51 And having come to the house, he suffered no one to go in, except Peter, and James, and John, and the father of the child, and the mother; 52 and they were all weeping, and beating themselves for her, and he said, 'Weep not, she did not die, but doth sleep; 53 and they were deriding him, knowing that she did die; 54 and he having put all forth without, and having taken hold of her hand, called, saying, 'Child, arise;' 55 and her spirit came back, and she arose presently, and he directed that there be given to her to eat; 56 and her parents were amazed, but he charged them to say to no one what was come to pass.