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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.

New American Standard Bible

Luke 8

Ministering Women

1Soon afterwards, He began going around from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses: Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means.

Parable of the Sower

When a large crowd was coming together, and those from the various cities were journeying to Him, He spoke by way of a parable: “The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the [a]air ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, 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. Other seed fell into the good soil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great.” As He said these things, He would call out, “He who has ears to hear, [b]let him hear.”

His disciples began questioning Him as to what this parable meant. 10 And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.

11 “Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God. 12 Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; [c]they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 15 But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with [d]perseverance.

Parable of the Lamp

16 “Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light. 17 For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light. 18 So take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he [e]thinks he has shall be taken away from him.”

19 And His mother and brothers came to Him, and they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd. 20 And it was reported to Him, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wishing to see You.” 21 But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”

Jesus Stills the Sea

22 Now on one of those days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they launched out. 23 But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. 24 They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and [f]it became calm. 25 And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?”

The Demoniac Cured

26 Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 And when He came out onto the land, He was met by a man from the city who was possessed with demons; and who had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a house, but in the tombs. 28 Seeing Jesus, he cried out and fell before Him, and said in a loud voice, “[g]What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me.” 29 For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had seized him many times; and he was bound with chains and shackles and kept under guard, and yet he would break his bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert. 30 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. 31 They were imploring Him not to command them to go away into the abyss.

32 Now there was a herd of many swine feeding there on the mountain; and the demons implored Him to permit them to enter [h]the swine. And He gave them permission. 33 And the demons came out of the man and entered the swine; 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 reported it in the city and out in the country. 35 The people went out to see what had happened; and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting down at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they became frightened. 36 Those who had seen it reported to them how the man who was demon-possessed had been [i]made well. 37 And all the people of the country of the Gerasenes and the surrounding district asked Him to leave them, for they were gripped with great fear; and He got into a boat and returned. 38 But the man from whom the demons had gone out was begging Him that he might [j]accompany Him; but He sent him away, saying, 39 “Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.

Miracles of Healing

40 And as Jesus returned, the [k]people welcomed Him, for they had all been waiting for Him. 41 And there came a man named Jairus, and he was an [l]official of the synagogue; and he fell at Jesus’ feet, and began to implore Him to come to his house; 42 for he had an [m]only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying. But as He went, the crowds were pressing against Him.

43 And a woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and could not be healed by anyone, 44 came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His [n]cloak, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped. 45 And Jesus said, “Who is the one who touched Me?” And while they were all denying it, Peter said, “Master, the [o]people are crowding and pressing in on You.” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone did touch Me, for I was aware that power had gone out of Me.” 47 When the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came trembling and fell down before Him, and declared in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has [p]made you well; go in peace.”

49 While He was still speaking, someone *came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, “Your daughter has died; do not trouble the Teacher anymore.” 50 But when Jesus heard this, He answered him, “Do not be afraid any longer; only believe, and she will be [q]made well.” 51 When He came to the house, He did not allow anyone to enter with Him, except Peter and John and James, and the girl’s father and mother. 52 Now they were all weeping and lamenting for her; but He said, “Stop weeping, for she has not died, but is asleep.” 53 And they began laughing at Him, knowing that she had died. 54 He, however, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Child, arise!” 55 And her spirit returned, and she got up immediately; and He gave orders for something to be given her to eat. 56 Her parents were amazed; but He instructed them to tell no one what had happened.

Notas al pie

  1. Luke 8:5 Lit heaven
  2. Luke 8:8 Or hear! Or listen!
  3. Luke 8:13 Lit who believe
  4. Luke 8:15 Or steadfastness
  5. Luke 8:18 Or seems to have
  6. Luke 8:24 Lit a calm occurred
  7. Luke 8:28 Lit What to me and to you (a Heb idiom)
  8. Luke 8:32 Lit them
  9. Luke 8:36 Or saved
  10. Luke 8:38 Lit be with
  11. Luke 8:40 Lit crowd
  12. Luke 8:41 Lit ruler
  13. Luke 8:42 Or only begotten
  14. Luke 8:44 Or outer garment
  15. Luke 8:45 Lit crowds
  16. Luke 8:48 Or saved you
  17. Luke 8:50 Or saved