Amplified Bible

Luke 8

Ministering Women

1Soon afterward, Jesus began going around from one city and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve [disciples] were with Him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and diseases: Mary, called Magdalene [from the city of Magdala in Galilee], from whom seven demons had come out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means [as was the custom for a rabbi’s disciples].

Parable of the Sower

When a large crowd was gathering together, and people from city after city were coming to Him, He spoke [to them] using a parable: “The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road and it was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the sky ate it up. And some seed fell on [shallow soil covering] the rocks, and as soon as it sprouted, it withered away, because it had no moisture. Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it out. And some fell into good soil, and grew up and produced a crop a hundred times as great.” As He said these things, He called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear and heed My words.”

Now His disciples began asking Him what this parable meant. 10 And He said, “To you [who have been chosen] it has been granted to know and recognize the [a]mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that though seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.

11 “Now [the meaning of] the parable is this: The seed is the word of God [concerning eternal salvation]. 12 Those beside the road are the people who have heard; then the devil comes and takes the message [of God] away from their hearts, so that they will not believe [in Me as the Messiah] and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky soil are the people who, when they hear, receive and welcome the word with joy; but these have no firmly grounded root. They believe for a while, and in time of trial and temptation they fall away [from Me and abandon their faith]. 14 The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, but as they go on their way they are suffocated with the anxieties and riches and pleasures of this life, and they bring no fruit to maturity. 15 But as for that seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word with a good and noble heart, and hold on to it tightly, and bear fruit with patience.

Parable of the Lamp

16 “Now no one lights a lamp and then covers it with a container [to hide it], or puts it under a bed; instead, he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light. 17 For there is nothing hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come out into the open. 18 So be careful how you listen; for whoever has [a teachable heart], to him more [understanding] will be given; and whoever does not have [a longing for truth], even what he thinks he has will be taken away from him.”

19 Then Jesus’ mother and His brothers came up toward Him, but they could not reach Him because of the crowd. 20 And He was told, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, asking to see You.” 21 But He answered, “My mother and My brothers are these who listen to the word of God and do it!”

Jesus Calms the Sea

22 Now on one of those days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake (Sea of Galilee).” So they set out. 23 But as they were sailing, He fell asleep. And a fierce gale of wind swept down [as if through a wind tunnel] on the lake, and they began to be swamped, and were in great danger. 24 They came to Jesus and woke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are about to die!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging, violent waves, and they ceased, and it became calm [a perfect peacefulness]. 25 And He said to them, “Where is your faith [your confidence in Me]?” They were afraid and astonished, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the sea, and they obey Him?”

The Demoniac Cured

26 Then they sailed to the [b]country of the Gerasenes, which is east of Galilee. 27 Now when Jesus stepped out on land, He was met by a man from the city [of Gerasa] who was possessed with demons. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and was not living in a house, but among the [c]tombs. 28 Seeing Jesus, he cried out [with a terrible voice from the depths of his throat] and fell down before Him [in dread and terror], and shouted loudly, “[d]What business do we have [in common] with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me [before the appointed time of judgment]!” 29 Now He was [already] commanding the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had seized him [violently] many times; and he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert. 30 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” And he answered, “Legion”; because many demons had entered him. 31 They continually begged Him not to command them to go into the abyss.

32 Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the mountain. The demons begged Jesus to allow them to enter the pigs, and He gave them permission. 33 Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.

34 When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran away and told it in the city and out in the country. 35 And people came out to see what had happened. They came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, clothed and in his right mind (mentally healthy); and they were frightened. 36 Those who had seen it told them how the man who had been demon-possessed had been healed. 37 Then all the people of the country of the Gerasenes and the surrounding district asked Him to leave them, because they were overwhelmed with fear. So Jesus got into the boat and returned [to the west side of the Sea of Galilee]. 38 But the man from whom the demons had gone out kept begging Him, pleading to go with Him; but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return home and tell [about] all the great things God has done for you.” So the man went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.

Miracles of Healing

40 Now as Jesus was returning [to Galilee], the people welcomed Him, for they had all been expecting Him. 41 Now a man named Jairus, a synagogue official, came [to Him]; and he fell at Jesus’ feet and began begging Him to come to his house; 42 for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying. But as Jesus went, the people were crowding against Him [almost crushing Him].

43 And a woman who had [suffered from] a hemorrhage for twelve years [e][and had spent all her money on physicians], and could not be healed by anyone, 44 came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His outer robe, and immediately her bleeding stopped. 45 Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” While they all were denying it, Peter [f][and those who were with him] said, “Master, the people are crowding and pushing against You!” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone did touch Me, because I was aware that power [to heal] had gone out of Me.” 47 When the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came up trembling and fell down before Him. She declared in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith [your personal trust and confidence in Me] has made you well. Go in peace (untroubled, undisturbed well-being).”

49 While He was still speaking, someone from the synagogue official’s house came and said [to Jairus], “Your daughter is dead; do not inconvenience the Teacher any further.” 50 But Jesus, hearing this, answered him, “Do not be afraid any longer; only believe and trust [in Me and have faith in My ability to do this], and she will be made well.” 51 When He came to the house, He allowed no one to enter with Him, except Peter and John and James, and the girl’s father and mother. 52 Now they were all weeping loudly and mourning for her; but He said, “Do not weep, for she is not dead, but is sleeping.” 53 Then they began laughing scornfully at Him and ridiculing Him, knowing [without any doubt] that she was dead. 54 But Jesus took hold of her hand and spoke, saying, “Child, arise!” 55 And her spirit returned, and she got up immediately; and He ordered that she be given something to eat. 56 Her parents were greatly astonished [by the miracle]; but He instructed them to tell no one what had happened.

  1. Luke 8:10 Spiritual truths hidden throughout the ages, but now revealed through the teaching of Christ.
  2. Luke 8:26 The southeastern region of the Sea of Galilee.
  3. Luke 8:27 These probably were burial places built above the ground, or natural caves in the hillside. Cave tombs often had two chambers, one of which remained empty as long as relatives were still alive. Such tombs frequently were used as shelter by lepers, demoniacs, and the poor.
  4. Luke 8:28 See note 4:34.
  5. Luke 8:43 One early ms and many late ones add this clause.
  6. Luke 8:45 One early ms and many late ones add this clause.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

路加福音 8

撒种的比喻

1此后,耶稣到各城镇去传扬上帝国的福音。同行的有十二使徒, 还有几个曾被邪灵和疾病缠身、现在已被医治的妇女。其中有抹大拉的玛丽亚,耶稣曾经从她身上赶出七个鬼, 还有希律的管家苦撒的妻子约亚拿,此外还有苏撒拿等其他妇女。她们用自己的钱财资助耶稣和门徒。

那时,人群络绎不绝地从各地聚集到耶稣面前,耶稣用比喻教导他们,说: “有一个农夫到田里撒种,有些种子落在路旁,被人践踏,又被飞鸟吃掉了; 有些落在盖着浅土的石头地上,因水分不足,幼苗刚长出来就枯萎了; 有些落在荆棘丛中,荆棘长起来便把幼苗挤住了; 有些落在沃土里,发芽生长,结出百倍的果实。”耶稣讲完这番话后,高声说:“有耳可听的,就要留心听。”

门徒请耶稣解释这比喻的意思, 10 耶稣便说:“上帝国的奥秘只让你们知道,对其他人,我就用比喻,使他们看却看不见,听却听不明白。 11 这个比喻的意思是这样,种子代表上帝的道, 12 种子落在路旁是指人听了道,随后魔鬼来把道从他们心里夺走了,不让他们相信并得救。 13 种子落在盖着浅土的石头地上是指人听了道,欣然接受了,但是没有根基,只是暂时相信,一遇到试炼就放弃了。 14 种子落在荆棘丛中是指人听了道,后来被生活的忧虑、钱财和享乐缠住了,以致结不出成熟的果实来。 15 种子落在沃土里则是指人听了道,用诚实良善的心坚忍持守,至终结出果实。

点灯的比喻

16 “没有人点了灯,却用器皿把它盖起来或放到床底下,而是放在灯台上,使进来的人能见到光。 17 掩盖的事终会暴露出来,隐藏的秘密终会被人知道。 18 因此,你们要留心听,因为凡有的,还要给他更多;凡没有的,连他自以为已经拥有的也要被夺去。”

耶稣的亲属

19 这时,耶稣的母亲和兄弟来找祂,由于人太多,他们无法靠近耶稣, 20 有人就对祂说:“你的母亲和兄弟在外面想见你。” 21 耶稣却说:“听见上帝的话语并遵行的人就是我的母亲、我的弟兄。”

平静风浪

22 有一天,耶稣对门徒说:“我们到湖的对岸去吧。”于是他们坐船前往对岸。 23 途中耶稣睡着了。不料湖上忽然狂风大作,船灌满了水,非常危险。 24 门徒过来唤醒耶稣,说:“主啊,主啊!我们快淹死了!”

耶稣醒来,就斥责风浪,顿时风平浪静了。

25 耶稣对他们说:“你们的信心在哪里呢?”

门徒又惊又怕,彼此议论说:“祂究竟是谁?一发命令,连风浪都听祂的!”

格拉森赶鬼

26 他们渡过加利利湖,到了格拉森地区。 27 耶稣上岸后,迎面遇见当地一个被鬼附身的人。那人长期赤身露体,不住在房屋里,只住在墓穴中。 28 他一见到耶稣,就扑倒在祂面前,高声喊叫:“至高上帝的儿子耶稣,我和你有什么关系?求求你,不要折磨我!” 29 这是因为耶稣已命令污鬼离开那人。那人多次被污鬼操纵,人们用铁链脚镣把他锁起来看管,他竟把锁链也扯断,被鬼催逼到荒野。

30 耶稣问他:“你叫什么名字?”

他说:“我叫‘群’。”因为有一大群鬼附在那人身上。 31 鬼不断央求耶稣不要叫它们到无底坑去。

32 当时有一大群猪在附近山坡上觅食,污鬼就央求耶稣准许它们进入猪群,耶稣答应了。 33 于是那群鬼便离开那人,进入猪群。那群猪就一路奔下陡坡,冲进湖里淹死了。 34 放猪的人见此情形拔腿就跑,把这事告诉了城里和乡下的人。 35 人们出来看个究竟,到了耶稣那里,发现那曾被鬼附身的人衣着整齐、神智清醒地坐在耶稣脚前,他们都很害怕。 36 目击者把事情的始末告诉了他们。 37 格拉森地区的居民都十分害怕,请求耶稣离开那里,耶稣便乘船回去了。

38 那从前被鬼附身的人恳求跟耶稣同行,耶稣却对他说: 39 “你回家吧,把上帝为你所行的奇事告诉别人。”他就回去,走遍全城,四处传扬耶稣为他所行的奇事。

雅鲁求救

40 耶稣回到对岸,受到等候在那里的百姓的欢迎。 41 一个名叫雅鲁的会堂主管走过来俯伏在耶稣脚前,求耶稣到他家去,因为他有一个大约十二岁的独生女快要死了。

42 耶稣前去雅鲁家的时候,人群拥挤着祂。

患血漏病妇人的信心

43 有一个患了十二年血漏病的妇人耗尽了积蓄,到处求医,但没有人能医治她。 44 妇人挤到耶稣的背后,摸了一下祂衣服的穗边,她的血漏立刻止住了。

45 耶稣问:“谁摸我?”没有人说摸过祂。

彼得说:“老师,众人都在拥挤你。”

46 耶稣却说:“一定有人摸了我,因为我感觉有能力从我身上出去。”

47 那妇人知道无法隐瞒,就战战兢兢地走过来,俯伏在耶稣脚前,把她摸了耶稣的衣裳后顽疾马上痊愈的始末当众说了出来。

48 耶稣对她说:“女儿,你的信心救了你!安心回去吧。”

雅鲁女儿死而复活

49 耶稣还在说话的时候,有人从雅鲁家赶来,对雅鲁说:“你的女儿已经死了,不用麻烦老师了。”

50 耶稣听见,就对雅鲁说:“不要怕,只要信。你的女儿一定会好的!”

51 到了雅鲁家,耶稣只准彼得、雅各、约翰和雅鲁夫妇跟祂进去。 52 屋内的人都在为那女孩哀伤哭泣,耶稣说:“不要哭,她没有死,只是睡着了。” 53 众人就讥笑祂,因为他们明明知道那女孩死了。 54 耶稣拉着那女孩的手,说:“孩子,起来!” 55 她的灵魂就回来了,她立刻站了起来。耶稣吩咐人给她东西吃。 56 她的父母非常惊讶,耶稣却嘱咐他们不要把这事传开。