The Message

Luke 8

11-3 He continued according to plan, traveled to town after town, village after village, preaching God’s kingdom, spreading the Message. The Twelve were with him. There were also some women in their company who had been healed of various evil afflictions and illnesses: Mary, the one called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out; Joanna, wife of Chuza, Herod’s manager; and Susanna—along with many others who used their considerable means to provide for the company.

The Story of the Seeds

4-8 As they went from town to town, a lot of people joined in and traveled along. He addressed them, using this story: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. Some of it fell on the road; it was tramped down and the birds ate it. Other seed fell in the gravel; it sprouted, but withered because it didn’t have good roots. Other seed fell in the weeds; the weeds grew with it and strangled it. Other seed fell in rich earth and produced a bumper crop.

“Are you listening to this? Really listening?”

His disciples asked, “Why did you tell this story?”

10 He said, “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom—you know how it works. There are others who need stories. But even with stories some of them aren’t going to get it:

Their eyes are open but don’t see a thing,
Their ears are open but don’t hear a thing.

11-12 “This story is about some of those people. The seed is the Word of God. The seeds on the road are those who hear the Word, but no sooner do they hear it than the Devil snatches it from them so they won’t believe and be saved.

13 “The seeds in the gravel are those who hear with enthusiasm, but the enthusiasm doesn’t go very deep. It’s only another fad, and the moment there’s trouble it’s gone.

14 “And the seed that fell in the weeds—well, these are the ones who hear, but then the seed is crowded out and nothing comes of it as they go about their lives worrying about tomorrow, making money, and having fun.

15 “But the seed in the good earth—these are the good-hearts who seize the Word and hold on no matter what, sticking with it until there’s a harvest.

Misers of What You Hear

16-18 “No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a washtub or shoves it under the bed. No, you set it up on a lamp stand so those who enter the room can see their way. We’re not keeping secrets; we’re telling them. We’re not hiding things; we’re bringing everything out into the open. So be careful that you don’t become misers of what you hear. Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess impoverishes.”

19-20 His mother and brothers showed up but couldn’t get through to him because of the crowd. He was given the message, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside wanting to see you.”

21 He replied, “My mother and brothers are the ones who hear and do God’s Word. Obedience is thicker than blood.”

22-24 One day he and his disciples got in a boat. “Let’s cross the lake,” he said. And off they went. It was smooth sailing, and he fell asleep. A terrific storm came up suddenly on the lake. Water poured in, and they were about to capsize. They woke Jesus: “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

Getting to his feet, he told the wind, “Silence!” and the waves, “Quiet down!” They did it. The lake became smooth as glass.

25 Then he said to his disciples, “Why can’t you trust me?”

They were in absolute awe, staggered and stammering, “Who is this, anyway? He calls out to the winds and sea, and they do what he tells them!”

The Madman and the Pigs

26-29 They sailed on to the country of the Gerasenes, directly opposite Galilee. As he stepped out onto land, a madman from town met him; he was a victim of demons. He hadn’t worn clothes for a long time, nor lived at home; he lived in the cemetery. When he saw Jesus he screamed, fell before him, and bellowed, “What business do you have messing with me? You’re Jesus, Son of the High God, but don’t give me a hard time!” (The man said this because Jesus had started to order the unclean spirit out of him.) Time after time the demon threw the man into convulsions. He had been placed under constant guard and tied with chains and shackles, but crazed and driven wild by the demon, he would shatter the bonds.

30-31 Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“Mob. My name is Mob,” he said, because many demons afflicted him. And they begged Jesus desperately not to order them to the bottomless pit.

32-33 A large herd of pigs was browsing and rooting on a nearby hill. The demons begged Jesus to order them into the pigs. He gave the order. It was even worse for the pigs than for the man. Crazed, they stampeded over a cliff into the lake and drowned.

34-36 Those tending the pigs, scared to death, bolted and told their story in town and country. People went out to see what had happened. They came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had been sent, sitting there at Jesus’ feet, wearing decent clothes and making sense. It was a holy moment, and for a short time they were more reverent than curious. Then those who had seen it happen told how the demoniac had been saved.

37-39 Later, a great many people from the Gerasene countryside got together and asked Jesus to leave—too much change, too fast, and they were scared. So Jesus got back in the boat and set off. The man whom he had delivered from the demons asked to go with him, but he sent him back, saying, “Go home and tell everything God did in you.” So he went back and preached all over town everything Jesus had done in him.

His Touch

40-42 On his return, Jesus was welcomed by a crowd. They were all there expecting him. A man came up, Jairus by name. He was president of the meeting place. He fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come to his home because his twelve-year-old daughter, his only child, was dying. Jesus went with him, making his way through the pushing, jostling crowd.

43-45 In the crowd that day there was a woman who for twelve years had been afflicted with hemorrhages. She had spent every penny she had on doctors but not one had been able to help her. She slipped in from behind and touched the edge of Jesus’ robe. At that very moment her hemorrhaging stopped. Jesus said, “Who touched me?”

When no one stepped forward, Peter said, “But Master, we’ve got crowds of people on our hands. Dozens have touched you.”

46 Jesus insisted, “Someone touched me. I felt power discharging from me.”

47 When the woman realized that she couldn’t remain hidden, she knelt trembling before him. In front of all the people, she blurted out her story—why she touched him and how at that same moment she was healed.

48 Jesus said, “Daughter, you took a risk trusting me, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed!”

49 While he was still talking, someone from the leader’s house came up and told him, “Your daughter died. No need now to bother the Teacher.”

50-51 Jesus overheard and said, “Don’t be upset. Just trust me and everything will be all right.” Going into the house, he wouldn’t let anyone enter with him except Peter, John, James, and the child’s parents.

52-53 Everyone was crying and carrying on over her. Jesus said, “Don’t cry. She didn’t die; she’s sleeping.” They laughed at him. They knew she was dead.

54-56 Then Jesus, gripping her hand, called, “My dear child, get up.” She was up in an instant, up and breathing again! He told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were ecstatic, but Jesus warned them to keep quiet. “Don’t tell a soul what happened in this room.”

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

路加福音 8

撒種的比喻

1此後,耶穌到各城鎮去傳揚上帝國的福音。同行的有十二使徒, 還有幾個曾被邪靈和疾病纏身、現在已被醫治的婦女。其中有抹大拉的瑪麗亞,耶穌曾經從她身上趕出七個鬼, 還有希律的管家苦撒的妻子約亞娜,此外還有蘇珊娜等其他婦女。她們用自己的錢財資助耶穌和門徒。

那時,人群絡繹不絕地從各地聚集到耶穌面前,耶穌用比喻教導他們,說: 「有一個農夫到田裡撒種,有些種子落在路旁,被人踐踏,又被飛鳥吃掉了; 有些落在蓋著淺土的石頭地上,因水分不足,幼苗剛長出來就枯萎了; 有些落在荊棘叢中,荊棘長起來便把幼苗擠住了; 有些落在沃土裡,發芽生長,結出百倍的果實。」耶穌講完這番話後,高聲說:「有耳可聽的,就要留心聽。」

門徒請耶穌解釋這比喻的意思, 10 耶穌便說:「上帝國的奧祕只讓你們知道,對其他人,我就用比喻,使他們看卻看不見,聽卻聽不明白。 11 這個比喻的意思是這樣,種子代表上帝的道, 12 種子落在路旁是指人聽了道,隨後魔鬼來把道從他們心裡奪走了,不讓他們相信並得救; 13 種子落在蓋著淺土的石頭地上是指人聽了道,欣然接受了,但是沒有根基,只是暫時相信,一遇到試煉就放棄了; 14 種子落在荊棘叢中是指人聽了道,後來被生活的憂慮、錢財和享樂纏住了,以致結不出成熟的果實來; 15 種子落在沃土裡則是指人聽了道,用誠實良善的心堅忍持守,至終結出果實。

點燈的比喻

16 「沒有人點了燈,卻用器皿把它蓋起來或放到床底下,而是放在燈臺上,使進來的人能見到光。 17 掩蓋的事終會暴露出來,隱藏的秘密終會被人知道。 18 因此,你們要留心聽,因為凡有的,還要給他更多;凡沒有的,連他自以為已經擁有的也要被奪去。」

耶穌的親屬

19 這時,耶穌的母親和兄弟來找祂,由於人太多,他們無法靠近耶穌, 20 有人就對祂說:「你的母親和兄弟在外面想見你。」 21 耶穌卻說:「聽見上帝的話語並遵行的人就是我的母親、我的弟兄。」

平靜風浪

22 有一天,耶穌對門徒說:「我們到湖的對岸去吧。」於是他們坐船前往對岸。 23 途中耶穌睡著了。不料湖上忽然狂風大作,船灌滿了水,非常危險。 24 門徒過來喚醒耶穌,說:「主啊,主啊!我們快淹死了!」

耶穌醒來,就斥責風浪,頓時風平浪靜了。

25 耶穌對他們說:「你們的信心在哪裡呢?」

門徒又驚又怕,彼此議論說:「祂究竟是誰?一發命令,連風浪都聽祂的!」

格拉森趕鬼

26 他們渡過加利利湖,到了格拉森地區。 27 耶穌上岸後,迎面遇見當地一個被鬼附身的人。那人長期赤身露體,不住在房屋裡,只住在墓穴中。 28 他一見到耶穌,就仆倒在祂面前,高聲喊叫:「至高上帝的兒子耶穌,我和你有什麼關係?求求你,不要折磨我!」 29 這是因為耶穌已命令污鬼離開那人。那人多次被污鬼操縱,人們用鐵鏈腳鐐把他鎖起來看管,他竟把鎖鏈也扯斷,被鬼催逼到荒野。

30 耶穌問他:「你叫什麼名字?」

他說:「我叫『群』。」因為有一大群鬼附在那人身上。 31 鬼不斷央求耶穌不要叫牠們到無底坑去。

32 當時有一大群豬在附近山坡上覓食,污鬼就央求耶穌准許牠們進入豬群,耶穌答應了。 33 於是那群鬼便離開那人,進入豬群。那群豬就一路奔下陡坡,衝進湖裡淹死了。 34 放豬的人見此情形拔腿就跑,把這事告訴了城裡和鄉下的人。 35 人們出來看個究竟,到了耶穌那裡,發現那曾被鬼附身的人衣著整齊、神智清醒地坐在耶穌腳前,他們都很害怕。 36 目擊者把事情的始末告訴了他們。 37 格拉森地區的居民都十分害怕,請求耶穌離開那裡,耶穌便乘船回去了。

38 那從前被鬼附身的人懇求跟耶穌同行,耶穌卻對他說: 39 「你回家吧,把上帝為你所行的奇事告訴別人。」他就回去,走遍全城,四處傳揚耶穌為他所行的奇事。

雅魯求救

40 耶穌回到對岸,受到等候在那裡的百姓的歡迎。 41 一個名叫雅魯的會堂主管走過來俯伏在耶穌腳前,求耶穌到他家去,因為他有一個大約十二歲的獨生女快要死了。

42 耶穌前去雅魯家的時候,人群擁擠著祂。

患血漏病婦人的信心

43 有一個患了十二年血漏病的婦人耗盡了積蓄,到處求醫,但沒有人能醫治她。 44 婦人擠到耶穌的背後,摸了一下祂衣服的穗邊,她的血漏立刻止住了。

45 耶穌問:「誰摸我?」沒有人說摸過祂。

彼得說:「老師,眾人都在擁擠你。」

46 耶穌卻說:「一定有人摸了我,因為我感覺有能力從我身上出去。」

47 那婦人知道無法隱瞞,就戰戰兢兢地走過來,俯伏在耶穌腳前,把她摸了耶穌的衣裳後頑疾馬上痊癒的始末當眾說了出來。

48 耶穌對她說:「女兒,你的信心救了你!安心回去吧。」

雅魯女兒死而復活

49 耶穌還在說話的時候,有人從雅魯家趕來,對雅魯說:「你的女兒已經死了,不用麻煩老師了。」

50 耶穌聽見,就對雅魯說:「不要怕,只要信。你的女兒一定會好的!」

51 到了雅魯家,耶穌只准彼得、雅各、約翰和雅魯夫婦跟祂進去。 52 屋內的人都在為那女孩哀傷哭泣,耶穌說:「不要哭,她沒有死,只是睡著了。」 53 眾人就譏笑祂,因為他們明明知道那女孩死了。 54 耶穌拉著那女孩的手,說:「孩子,起來!」 55 她的靈魂就回來了,她立刻站了起來。耶穌吩咐人給她東西吃。 56 她的父母非常驚訝,耶穌卻囑咐他們不要把這事傳開。