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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.

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Lucas 8

Parábola del sembrador

1Después de esto, Jesús estuvo recorriendo los pueblos y las aldeas, proclamando las buenas nuevas del reino de Dios. Lo acompañaban los doce, y también algunas mujeres que habían sido sanadas de espíritus malignos y de enfermedades: María, a la que llamaban Magdalena, y de la que habían salido siete demonios; Juana, esposa de Cuza, el administrador de Herodes; Susana y muchas más que los ayudaban con sus propios recursos.

De cada pueblo salía gente para ver a Jesús y, cuando se reunió una gran multitud, él les contó esta parábola: «Un sembrador salió a sembrar. Al esparcir la semilla, una parte cayó junto al camino; fue pisoteada, y los pájaros se la comieron. Otra parte cayó sobre las piedras y, cuando brotó, las plantas se secaron por falta de humedad. Otra parte cayó entre espinos que, al crecer junto con la semilla, la ahogaron. Pero otra parte cayó en buen terreno; así que brotó y produjo una cosecha del ciento por uno».

Dicho esto, exclamó: «El que tenga oídos para oír, que oiga».

Sus discípulos le preguntaron cuál era el significado de esta parábola. 10 «A ustedes se les ha concedido que conozcan los secretos del reino de Dios —les contestó—; pero a los demás se les habla por medio de parábolas para que

»“aunque miren, no vean;
aunque oigan, no entiendan”.[a]

11 »Este es el significado de la parábola: La semilla es la palabra de Dios. 12 Los que están junto al camino son los que oyen, pero luego viene el diablo y les quita la palabra del corazón, no sea que crean y se salven. 13 Los que están sobre las piedras son los que reciben la palabra con alegría cuando la oyen, pero no tienen raíz. Estos creen por algún tiempo, pero se apartan cuando llega la prueba. 14 La parte que cayó entre espinos son los que oyen, pero, con el correr del tiempo, los ahogan las preocupaciones, las riquezas y los placeres de esta vida, y no maduran. 15 Pero la parte que cayó en buen terreno son los que oyen la palabra con corazón noble y bueno, y la retienen; y, como perseveran, producen una buena cosecha.

Una lámpara en una repisa

16 »Nadie enciende una lámpara para después cubrirla con una vasija o ponerla debajo de la cama, sino para ponerla en una repisa, a fin de que los que entren tengan luz. 17 No hay nada escondido que no llegue a descubrirse, ni nada oculto que no llegue a conocerse públicamente. 18 Por lo tanto, pongan mucha atención. Al que tiene, se le dará más; al que no tiene, hasta lo que cree tener se le quitará».

La madre y los hermanos de Jesús

19 La madre y los hermanos de Jesús fueron a verlo, pero, como había mucha gente, no lograban acercársele.

20 ―Tu madre y tus hermanos están afuera y quieren verte —le avisaron.

21 Pero él les contestó:

―Mi madre y mis hermanos son los que oyen la palabra de Dios y la ponen en práctica.

Jesús calma la tormenta

22 Un día subió Jesús con sus discípulos a una barca.

―Crucemos al otro lado del lago —les dijo.

Así que partieron, 23 y mientras navegaban, él se durmió. Entonces se desató una tormenta sobre el lago, de modo que la barca comenzó a inundarse y corrían gran peligro.

24 Los discípulos fueron a despertarlo.

―¡Maestro, Maestro, nos vamos a ahogar! —gritaron.

Él se levantó y reprendió al viento y a las olas; la tormenta se apaciguó y todo quedó tranquilo.

25 ―¿Dónde está la fe de ustedes? —les dijo a sus discípulos.

Con temor y asombro ellos se decían unos a otros: «¿Quién es este, que manda aun a los vientos y al agua, y le obedecen?»

Liberación de un endemoniado

26 Navegaron hasta la región de los gerasenos,[b] que está al otro lado del lago, frente a Galilea. 27 Al desembarcar Jesús, un endemoniado que venía del pueblo le salió al encuentro. Hacía mucho tiempo que este hombre no se vestía; tampoco vivía en una casa, sino en los sepulcros. 28 Cuando vio a Jesús, dio un grito y se arrojó a sus pies. Entonces exclamó con fuerza:

―¿Por qué te entrometes, Jesús, Hijo del Dios Altísimo? ¡Te ruego que no me atormentes!

29 Es que Jesús le había ordenado al espíritu maligno que saliera del hombre. Se había apoderado de él muchas veces y, aunque le sujetaban los pies y las manos con cadenas y lo mantenían bajo custodia, rompía las cadenas y el demonio lo arrastraba a lugares solitarios.

30 ―¿Cómo te llamas? —le preguntó Jesús.

―Legión —respondió, ya que habían entrado en él muchos demonios.

31 Y estos le suplicaban a Jesús que no los mandara al abismo. 32 Como había una manada grande de cerdos paciendo en la colina, le rogaron a Jesús que los dejara entrar en ellos. Así que él les dio permiso. 33 Y, cuando los demonios salieron del hombre, entraron en los cerdos, y la manada se precipitó al lago por el despeñadero y se ahogó.

34 Al ver lo sucedido, los que cuidaban los cerdos huyeron y dieron la noticia en el pueblo y por los campos, 35 y la gente salió a ver lo que había pasado. Llegaron adonde estaba Jesús y encontraron, sentado a sus pies, al hombre de quien habían salido los demonios. Cuando lo vieron vestido y en su sano juicio, tuvieron miedo. 36 Los que habían presenciado estas cosas le contaron a la gente cómo el endemoniado había sido sanado. 37 Entonces toda la gente de la región de los gerasenos le pidió a Jesús que se fuera de allí, porque les había entrado mucho miedo. Así que él subió a la barca para irse.

38 Ahora bien, el hombre de quien habían salido los demonios le rogaba que le permitiera acompañarlo, pero Jesús lo despidió y le dijo:

39 ―Vuelve a tu casa y cuenta todo lo que Dios ha hecho por ti.

Así que el hombre se fue y proclamó por todo el pueblo lo mucho que Jesús había hecho por él.

Una niña muerta y una mujer enferma

40 Cuando Jesús regresó, la multitud se alegró de verlo, pues todos estaban esperándolo. 41 En esto llegó un hombre llamado Jairo, que era un jefe de la sinagoga. Arrojándose a los pies de Jesús, le suplicaba que fuera a su casa, 42 porque su única hija, de unos doce años, se estaba muriendo.

Jesús se puso en camino y las multitudes lo apretujaban. 43 Había entre la gente una mujer que hacía doce años padecía de hemorragias,[c] sin que nadie pudiera sanarla. 44 Ella se le acercó por detrás y le tocó el borde del manto, y al instante cesó su hemorragia.

45 ―¿Quién me ha tocado? —preguntó Jesús.

Como todos negaban haberlo tocado, Pedro le dijo:

―Maestro, son multitudes las que te aprietan y te oprimen.

46 ―No, alguien me ha tocado —replicó Jesús—; yo sé que de mí ha salido poder.

47 La mujer, al ver que no podía pasar inadvertida, se acercó temblando y se arrojó a sus pies. En presencia de toda la gente, contó por qué lo había tocado y cómo había sido sanada al instante.

48 ―Hija, tu fe te ha sanado —le dijo Jesús—. Vete en paz.

49 Todavía estaba hablando Jesús cuando alguien llegó de la casa de Jairo, jefe de la sinagoga, para decirle:

―Tu hija ha muerto. No molestes más al Maestro.

50 Al oír esto, Jesús le dijo a Jairo:

―No tengas miedo; cree nada más, y ella será sanada.

51 Cuando llegó a la casa de Jairo, no dejó que nadie entrara con él, excepto Pedro, Juan y Jacobo, y el padre y la madre de la niña. 52 Todos estaban llorando, muy afligidos por ella.

―Dejen de llorar —les dijo Jesús—. No está muerta, sino dormida.

53 Entonces ellos empezaron a burlarse de él porque sabían que estaba muerta. 54 Pero él la tomó de la mano y le dijo:

―¡Niña, levántate!

55 Recobró la vida[d] y al instante se levantó. Jesús mandó darle de comer. 56 Los padres se quedaron atónitos, pero él les advirtió que no contaran a nadie lo que había sucedido.

  1. 8:10 Is 6:9
  2. 8:26 gerasenos. Var. gadarenos; otra var. gergesenos; también en v. 37.
  3. 8:43 hemorragias. Var. hemorragias y que había gastado en médicos todo lo que tenía.
  4. 8:55 Recobró la vida. Lit. Y volvió el espíritu de ella.