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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.

O Livro

Lucas 8

A ilustração do semeador

1Passado não muito tempo sobre isto, Jesus começou a percorrer as cidades e vilas para anunciar as boas novas do reino de Deus. Fazia­se acompanhar dos doze discípulos. Com ele iam algumas mulheres das quais tinha expulso demónios ou a quem tinha curado; entre elas contavam­se Maria Madalena, a quem tinha livrado de sete demónios; Joana, mulher de Cuza (encarregado de negócios de Herodes); Susana; e muitas outras que, com os seus próprios meios, contribuíam para o sustento de Jesus e dos discípulos.

Um dia serviu­se da seguinte ilustração, dirigindo­se a uma grande multidão reunida para ouvi­lo, enquanto muitos outros se aproximavam ainda, vindo de outras cidades: 5/8 “Certo homem foi ao campo semear. Quando lançava as sementes ao chão, algumas delas caíram num caminho e foram pisadas. Vieram as aves e comeram­nas porque estavam à vista. Outras sementes caíram em chão pouco fundo com pedras por baixo. Mal começaram a crescer, logo murcharam, morrendo por falta de humidade. Outras sementes, ainda, caíram entre moitas de espinhos, que em pouco tempo sufocaram os rebentos. Mas outras caíram em solo fértil, e quando cresceram deram uma colheita de cem vezes mais do que aquele homem havia plantado.” Ao fazer esta ilustração, Jesus acrescentou: “Quem pode ouvir, que preste atenção.”

9/10 Os apóstolos perguntaram­lhe o que queria dizer aquela ilustração, e Jesus respondeu: “Deus concedeu­vos a possibilidade de conhecer o significado destas coisas sobre o reino de Deus. Mas aos outros, fala­se por parábolas, como diz as Escrituras: ‘Este povo ouve as palavras porém não entende, vê e não percebe’.

11/15 O que a comparação quer dizer é o seguinte: A semente é a mensagem de Deus. O caminho duro onde caíram algumas das sementes representa aqueles que ouvem as palavras de Deus, mas o Diabo logo as vem roubar, não deixando que as pessoas creiam e sejam salvas. O solo pedregoso representa aqueles que ouvem com prazer, mas a mensagem não fica neles; e não deita raiz nem cresce. Quando chegam as provas desviam­se. A semente entre os espinhos representa os que ouvem e crêem na palavra de Deus mas cuja fé é depois sufocada pelas preocupações, ambições e prazeres da vida, pelo que nunca dão fruto. Mas o solo bom representa as pessoas sinceras e honestas que, ouvindo as palavras de Deus, dão fruto com continuidade.”

A luz do candeeiro

16/18 “Quem viu alguma vez cobrir, ou pôr debaixo da cama, uma lâmpada que tenha sido acesa para iluminar um quarto? É evidente que as lâmpadas são colocadas num lugar bem à vista. Semelhantemente, virá o dia em que tudo será trazido à luz e posto às claras diante de todos. Tomem, pois, cuidado no modo como ouvem, porque a quem tiver entendimento, mais será dado; a quem não o tiver, até o que julga ter lhe será tirado.”

A mãe e os irmãos de Jesus

19/21 Uma vez, a mãe e os irmãos de Jesus foram vê­lo, mas, por causa da multidão, não conseguiram entrar na casa onde ensinava. Alguém disse­lhe, “A tua mãe e os irmãos estão lá fora e querem ver­te.” Jesus respondeu:

“A minha mãe e os meus irmãos são todos aqueles que ouvem a mensagem de Deus e lhe obedecem.”

Jesus acalma a tempestade

22/23 Certo dia, por aquele tempo, andando com os discípulos num barco, Jesus disse que atravessassem para a outra margem do lago. Durante a travessia adormeceu. Entretanto levantou­se uma enorme tempestade, o barco começou a meter água, e corriam grande perigo.

24 Logo os discípulos o despertaram: “Mestre, Mestre, olha que nos afundamos!”

Então Jesus mandou ao vento e às vagas que se acalmassem. E tudo ficou sereno. 25 Depois perguntou­lhes: “Onde está a vossa fé?”

Eles, cheios de espanto e medo, diziam entre si: “Mas quem é este que até os ventos e as ondas lhe obedecem?”

Um homem dominado por demónios

26 Chegaram à terra dos gadarenos, que fica na outra banda do Mar da Galileia. 27/29 Quando Jesus saía do barco, veio­lhe ao encontro um homem que, havia muito tempo, estava possuído pelo demónio. Não tendo casa, vivia, sem roupas, no cemitério, entre as sepulturas. Mal viu Jesus, soltou um grito muito forte e, tombando no chão na sua frente, gritava: “Que queres de mim, Jesus, Filho do Deus altíssimo? Peço­te que não me atormentes!” Pois Jesus ordenava já ao demónio que o abandonasse. Este, muitas vezes tinha­se apoderado daquele homem, de tal modo que, mesmo acorrentado, partia as correntes e fugia para o deserto, inteiramente sob o poder do demónio.

30/31 “Como te chamas?”, perguntou Jesus.

“Exército”, foi a resposta, porque o homem estava cheio de demónios. E continuavam a pedir a Jesus que não os mandasse para o abismo sem fundo. 32/33 Andava ali perto uma vara de porcos a pastar no monte, e os demónios rogaram­lhe que os deixasse entrar nos animais. Jesus consentiu. Deixaram o homem e entraram nos porcos. Logo a vara inteira se precipitou, caindo por um despenhadeiro no lago, onde se afogou.

34 Os porqueiros, ao ver aquilo, fugiram para a cidade próxima, espalhando a notícia pelo caminho, 35 e uma multidão saiu para ver o que tinha acontecido. Quando chegaram, viram aquele homem que tinha sido dominado pelo demónio, agora vestido, em seu perfeito juízo, sentado aos pés de Jesus. E toda a multidão ficou assustada. 36 Os que tinham assistido contavam como o possuído pelo demónio tinha sido curado. 37 E toda aquela gente pedia a Jesus que se fosse embora, porque se espalhou entre eles uma onda de medo. Assim, Jesus voltou para o barco e tornou para a outra margem do lago.

38/39 O homem que tinha estado dominado de demónios pediu para ir também, mas Jesus não o deixou: “Volta para a tua família e conta­lhe que coisa maravilhosa Deus te fez”. Então ele foi pela cidade anunciando as grandes coisas que Jesus tinha feito por ele!

Uma moça morta e uma doente

40 Do outro lado do lago, o povo recebeu Jesus de braços abertos, pois já o esperava.

41/42 Um homem chamado Jairo, dirigente da sinagoga, veio ter com Jesus e, caindo­lhe aos pés, pediu­lhe que fosse a sua casa porque tinha uma filha única, uma menina de quase doze anos, que estava à morte. Jesus acompanhou­o, abrindo caminho através do povo.

43/44 Enquanto caminhavam, uma mulher veio por detrás e tocou­lhe, porque havia doze anos que tinha um mal que a fazia perder sangue, não conseguindo encontrar cura, embora tivesse gasto tudo o que tinha com médicos. E eis que, no momento em que lhe tocou na orla do manto, a perda de sangue estancou.

45/46 “Quem me tocou?”, perguntou Jesus. Todos negaram, e Pedro até acrescentou:

“Mestre, são tantos os que te apertam de todos os lados”.

“Não, alguém me tocou de propósito, porque senti sair de mim poder curativo”.

47 Dando­se conta de que não podia esconder­se, a mulher aproximou­se emocionada e, caindo de joelhos diante dele, contou­lhe o motivo por que lhe tinha tocado, afirmando que já estava boa. 48 “Filha”, disse ele, “a tua fé te curou. Vai em paz.”

49 Enquanto falava ainda com a mulher, chegou um mensageiro da casa de Jairo com a notícia: “A tua filha já morreu”, disse ele. “De nada serve ir agora incomodar o Mestre.”

50 Quando Jesus soube o que tinha acontecido, disse a Jairo: “Não receies! Crê somente e ela ficará boa.”

51/52 Quando chegaram à casa, Jesus não consentiu que alguém entrasse com ele, exceptuando Pedro, Tiago, João e os pais da menina. A casa estava cheia de pessoas que lamentavam o sucedido, mas ele ordenou: “Parem de chorar. Ela não está morta, dorme apenas.”

53 Esta frase provocou a zombaria porque todos sabiam que a jovem estava morta. 54 Então Jesus, tomando­a pela mão, exclamou: “Levanta­te, menina!” 55/56 E naquele instante ela tornou a viver e pôs­se logo de pé. “Dêem­lhe de comer”, disse. Os pais ficaram maravilhados, mas Jesus insistiu com eles para que a ninguém contassem o que havia acontecido.