8[1-3] And then later, Yeshua went throughout every city and town, preaching and telling the New Word of the realm of God: and the twelve were with the Christ, and certain women, who had been healed of evil spirits and other sicknesses, Mary called Magdalene, who was freed of seven evil spirits, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s manager, and Susanna, and many other women, who gave for the needs of the Christ out of their own things.
[4-15] When many people were gathered together, and had come to them out of every city, Yeshua told a story: “A farmer went out to plant the seed: and as the farmer planted, some fell beside the rows; and it was overrun, and the birds of the air ate it. And some fell on rocky ground; and as soon as it came up, it wilted away, because it lacked water. And some fell among thorns, which sprang up with it, and choked it off. And others fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit, some a hundred times as much.” And Yeshua ended the story by saying, “If anyone will accept this, let them accept it.” And the followers asked, saying, “What does this story mean?” And the Christ said, “You’re allowed to know the secrets of the realm of God: but others are told in stories; that seeing, they won’t see, and hearing, they won’t understand. Now the story is this: The seed is the Word of God. Those that fell beside the rows are those who hear; then the devil comes, and takes the Word out of their hearts, or else they would believe and be saved. Those that fell on the rocky ground are those, who, when they hear, believe the Word with joy; but they have no root, which for a while believe, but in time of temptation fall away. And what fell among thorns are those, which, when they’ve heard, go out, and are choked with the cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and their fruit never ripens. But those that fell on the good ground are those, who, with an honest and good heart, having heard the Word, do it, and make fruit, waiting for it with patience.
[16-18] No one, when they have lit a candle, covers it up, or puts it under a bed; but they set it on a candle holder, so that those who come in can see the light. Nothing is secret that won’t become known, nor anything hid that won’t be seen and be brought out in the open. So be careful when you listen because whoever understands, will be given more; and whoever doesn’t, even what they seem to have, will be taken away from them.”
[19-21] Then Yeshua’s mother and brothers came, but couldn’t get in for the crowd. So it was told Yeshua by someone who said, “Your mother and brothers are outside, hoping to see You.” And the Christ answered, “My family members are those who hear the Word of God, and do it.”
[22-26] Now on a certain day, the Christ went into a ship with the followers: saying to them, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” So they started out. But as they sailed, Yeshua fell asleep: and a storm of wind came up on the lake; and the boat was full of water, and they were in danger. So they went and woke Yeshua up, saying, “Christ, Teacher, we’ll be destroyed.” Then the Christ got up, and said to the wind and the raging water, “Be still”: and it stopped, and everything calmed down. And the Christ asked, “Where is your faith?” And they, being afraid, were amazed, saying to one another, “What kind of person is this, who tells even the winds and water what to do, and they obey!” And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is next to Galilee.
[27-36] And when they went ashore, someone met them from out of the city, who had evil spirits for a long time, and wore no clothes, nor lived in any house, but stayed in the tombs. When this person saw Yeshua, they hollered out, and bowed down on their knees, and with a loud voice said, “What I have to do with you, Yeshua, Child of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t make me suffer.” (Christ had told the evil spirit to come out of the person because it had often taken control of the person: who was kept with chains and in shackles; but who had broken the bands, and was driven by the evil spirit into the countryside.) And Yeshua asked, “What is your name?” And the evil spirits said, “Legion”: because many evil spirits were in the person. And they begged the Christ not to make them go out into the deep. But there was a herd of many pigs feeding on the mountain: so they begged the Christ to let them go into the pigs. So Yeshua let them. Then the evil spirits went out of the person, and into the pigs: and the whole herd ran madly down a cliff into the lake, and was drowned. When those who fed them saw what had happened, they ran away, and told this all over the city and countryside. Then all the people went out to see what happened; and came to Yeshua, and found the person, out of whom the evil spirits had gone, sitting at the feet of Yeshua, clothed, and in the right mind: and they were very afraid. So those who had seen it told them how the one who was overcome by the evil spirits was healed.
[37-40] Then the whole crowd of people from the countryside of Gadarenes begged the Christ to go away from them because they were very afraid: so the Christ and the followers went back to the ship, and came back again. Now the person out of whom the evil spirits had gone begged to go with them: but Yeshua sent the person away, saying, “Return to your own home, and tell all the great things God has done for you. So the person left, and told throughout the whole city the great things that Yeshua had done.” And then, when Yeshua got back, the people were very happy because they had been waiting for the Christ.
[41-48] And then someone named Jairus came, who was a leader of the place of worship: and who bowed down at Yeshua’ feet, and begged the Christ to come home with him: because he had only one daughter, who was about twelve years old, and she lay a dying. But as they went the people crowded them. And a woman having a bleeding problem for twelve years, who had spent everything she had on doctors, but couldn’t be healed by any of them, came up behind them, and touched the edge of Yeshua’s clothing: and suddenly she was healed. Then Yeshua said, “Who touched me?” When all denied, Peter and those who were with Yeshua said, “Christ, the crowd is swarming and pressing you, and you say, ‘Who touched Me?’” And Yeshua said, “Somebody touched Me because I know that power has gone out of Me.” And when the woman saw that she was found out, she came trembling, and falling down in front of the Christ, she told the Christ and all the people why she had touched the Christ and how she was suddenly healed. And the Christ said to her, “Daughter, be in good spirits now: your faith has made you well; go in peace.”
[49-56] And while they were speaking, someone came from the leader of the place of worship’s house, saying to them, “Your daughter is dead; don’t trouble the Teacher anymore.” But when Yeshua heard it, the Christ answered, saying, “Don’t be afraid: only believe, and she will become well.” And when they came into the house, Yeshua let no one go in, but Peter, James, John, and the parents of the girl. And everyone cried, and grieved for her: but the Christ said, “Don’t cry; she isn’t dead, but only sleeping.” And they laughed disrespectfully at the Christ, knowing that she was dead. And the Christ put them all out, and took her by the hand and called her, saying, “Young lady, get up.” Then her spirit entered her again, and she suddenly got up: and the Christ told them to give her something to eat. And her parents were amazed: but the Christ told them not to tell anyone what happened.
9 [1-6] Then Yeshua called the twelve followers together, and gave them power over all the evil spirits, and the power to heal diseases, sending them to preach about the realm of God, and to heal the sick. And the Christ said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, neither walking sticks, nor bag, nor food, nor money; nor two sets of clothes. And whatever house you come into, stay there until you leave that place. And whoever won’t accept you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a witness against them.” So they left, and went through the towns, preaching the New Word, and healing every where.
[7-9] Now Herod the governor heard of all that happened by them: and was confused, because it was said by some, that John had come back to life; And by some, that Elijah had appeared; and by others, that one of the old great preachers had come back to life again. And Herod said, “John, I have beheaded: but who is this that I am hearing these things about?” And Herod wanted to see the Christ.
[10-17] And when the followers came back, they told the Christ all that they had done. And the Christ secretly went with them into a deserted place outside the city of Bethsaida. And the people, when they knew it, followed along: so the Christ welcomed them, and spoke to them of the realm of God, and healed those who had need of healing. And when the day was almost over, the twelve came, saying, “Send the crowd away, so that they can go into the towns and country around here, and stay, and get food because we’re out here in this deserted place.” But the Christ answered, “You give them something to eat.” But they said, “We only have five loaves of bread and two fish; unless we go and buy food for all these people.” There were about five thousand people. And the Christ said to the followers, “Make them sit down in groups, by fifties.” So they did, and made them all sit down. Then the Christ took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, blessed it, and broke it up, and gave to the followers to give to the crowd. So they ate, and were all filled: and twelve baskets of scraps that were left over were taken up.
[18-21] And later, as Yeshua was praying alone with the followers, the Christ asked them, “Who do the people say that I am?” So they answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others say, that one of the old great preachers is here back to life again.” So the Christ answered, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” And Yeshua clearly warned them, telling them not to tell anyone; saying, “I must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and leading priests and religious leaders, and be killed, and be raised to life again on the third day.”
[23-27] And Yeshua said to them all, “If anyone wants to come after me, let them disown themselves, and pick up the suffering of their cross daily, and follow Me. Because whoever wants to save their life will lose it: but whoever is willing to lose their life for My sake, will save it. What good does it do someone, if they gain the whole world, and lose their soul, or is lost? Whoever is ashamed of Me and of My Words, I will be ashamed of them, when I come in My own victory, and in My God’s, with all of the holy angels. The truth is, some that are standing here, won’t taste of death, till they see the realm of God.”
Elijah and Moses Appear with the Christ
[28-36] And then about eight days after that, Yeshua took Peter, John, and James, and went up on a mountain to pray. And as Yeshua prayed, the way the Christ’s face looked was changed, and the clothes the Christ wore were glowing white. And two other people talked with the Christ, who were Moses and Elijah: Who appeared in their changed bodies, and spoke of the Christ’s death which would happen at Jerusalem. But Peter, John, and James were very tired: and when they awoke, they saw Yeshua changed, along with the two others that stood with the Christ. And then, as they left, Peter said to Yeshua, “Christ, it’s good that we’re here: let’s make three memorial stones; one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”: not knowing what he said. While he was speaking, a cloud came, overshadowing them: and as they went into the cloud, they were very afraid. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Child, who I love: Listen to Yeshua.” And when the voice was gone, Yeshua was alone with them. And they kept it secret, telling no one in those days any of the things which they had seen.
An Only Child Healed from Seizures
[37-45] And then on the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, many people met them. And someone out of the crowd hollered out, saying, “Christ, I beg you, look at my child, who is my only child.” And then a spirit overtook the child, which hardly left the child without hurting him, who suddenly hollered out; and foamed at the mouth again. “I begged your followers to put the spirit out; but they couldn’t.” So Yeshua answered, “You faithless and evil people, how long will I be with you, and have to put up with you? Bring your child here.” And as they were still coming, the evil spirit threw the child down, who had a fit. And Yeshua ordered the evil spirit to come out, and healed the child, and handed him back over to the parent. And everyone was amazed at the amazing power of the Christ. But while they were all still wondering about the things which Yeshua did, the Christ said to the followers, “Listen very carefully to these words because I’ll be handed over to the others very soon.” But they didn’t understand what the Christ said, and they didn’t realize what the Christ meant: and they were afraid to ask about it.
Who will be Greatest?
[46-50] Then later they got in an argument about which one of them would be the greatest. And Yeshua, knowing the very thoughts of their hearts, took a child, and set it in the middle of them, and said, “Whoever accepts this child in My Name accepts Me: and whoever accepts Me accepts the One who sent Me because whoever seems least important among you all now, will be great in heaven.” Then John asked, “Christ, we saw someone putting out evil spirits in Your Name; and we told them not to, because they don’t follow along with us.” But Yeshua answered, “Don’t tell them not to, because those who aren’t against us are for us.”
[51-56] And then, when the time came for the Christ to be taken up, Yeshua decidedly left for Jerusalem, sending messengers to go on ahead: who went into a town of the Samaritans, a people of mixed race, to get ready for the Christ. But they didn’t accept the Christ because they knew Yeshua had decided on to go to Jerusalem. And when the followers, James and John, saw this, they said, “Christ, do you want us to order fire to come down from heaven, and burn them up, just like Elijah did?” But the Christ turned, and scolded them, saying, “You don’t know what kind of spirit you have. I haven’t come to take peoples’ lives, but to save them.” So they went on to another town.
[57-62] And then, as they went down the road, someone said, “Christ, I’ll follow you wherever you go.” And Yeshua said, “Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but I don’t have anywhere to lay My head.” And then the Christ said to another one, “Follow Me.” But that one said, “Christ, let me first go and bury my parents.” So Yeshua said, “Let those who are spiritually dead bury their dead: but you go and preach the realm of God.” And then another person said this, “Christ, I’ll follow you; but let me go first and tell those at home goodbye.” And Yeshua said, “No one, having started their work, and looking back at their past life, is fit for the realm of God.”
The Seventy Followers Sent Out
10 [1-15] Later, Yeshua chose seventy other followers also, and sent them on ahead two by two into all the cities and towns, wherever the Christ was to go. Then the Christ said to them, “The truth is, the harvest is great, but the workers are few: so pray that the God of the harvest will send out workers into the harvest. Now go: I am sending you out as lambs to the wolves. Don’t carry a moneybag, or a backpack, or shoes: and don’t stop to say hello to anyone on the way. And whatever house you come into, first say, Peace be to this house. And if a child of peace is there, your peace will rest on it: if not, it’ll come back to you again. And stay in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they give you because the workers are worthy of their hire. Don’t go from house to house. And whatever city you come into, if they accept you, eat whatever is set before you: and heal the sick that are in it, and say to them: The realm of God has come near you. But whatever city you come into, if they don’t accept you, go out into the streets, and say: Even the very dust of your city, which cleaves on us, we wipe off as a witness against you, but in spite of this you can be sure that the realm of God has come near you. But I tell you, that it’ll be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city. You’ll be sorry, Chorazin! You’ll be sorry, Bethsaida! If the amazing things, which have been done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have changed their ways long ago, sitting and crying in mourning clothes and ashes. But it’ll be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you. And you, Capernaum, which are praised to heaven, will be thrown down to hell. Whoever hears you, hears Me; and whoever hates you, hates Me; and whoever hates Me hates the very One who sent Me.”
Satan has Fallen
[17-24] And later, the seventy came back again with joy, saying, “Christ, even the evil spirits have to do what we say through Your Name.” And the Christ answered, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like lightening. So I’ve given you power to stomp on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing will hurt you in any way. In the same way, don’t celebrate because the spirits have to do what you say; but instead celebrate, because your names are written in heaven.” Then Yeshua celebrated in spirit, saying, “I thank You, Yahweh God, Ruler of heaven and earth, that you’ve hid this from the wise and careful, and have revealed it to babies. In the same way, God, because it was good in Your sight, everything is given to Me by You: and no one knows Me, but You, God; and no one knows You, God, but Me, whom You sent, and those to whom I reveal You to.” And the Christ turned to the followers, privately saying, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things that you see, because I tell you, that many great preachers and rulers have wanted to see what you see, and haven’t seen it; and to hear what you hear, and haven’t heard it.”
The Good Samaritan
[25-37] And a certain student of the law stood up, tempting Yeshua, saying, “Christ, what can I do to get everlasting life?” And the Christ answered, “What does the Word of God say? What do you think it says?” And the student of the law answered, “Love Yahweh, your God with all your spirit, with all your soul, with all your body, and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as you love yourself.” So the Christ said, “You’re right: so do this and you’ll live.” But wanting to make himself appear to be good, he said to Yeshua, “And who is my neighbor?” So Yeshua told a story, saying, “Someone went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and thieves beat that person, tearing their clothes off and leaving them for dead. And by chance a certain priest came that way: and when the priest saw the person who had been attacked, that priest walked by on the other side of the road. Then another religious leader passed by coming to that place, and looking at the person, walked by on the other side of the road. But someone from the city of Samaria, who was taking a trip, came to where the person was: and the Samaritan of mixed race saw the person, and had compassion, who went to the person, dressing the wounds, pouring in oil and alcohol, and took the person on his own horse, bringing them to an inn, and taking care of that person. And the next day the Samaritan left, giving some money to the host, saying, ‘Take care of this person; and whatever it costs more than this, I’ll repay you when I come back.’ So which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the one who was attacked by the thieves?” And the student of the law said, “The one who cared for the person.” Then Yeshua said, “Go, and do the same.”
[38-41] Now it so happened, as they were going, that they went into a certain town: and a woman named Martha had taken them into her house. And she had a sister, Mary, who also sat at Yeshua’ feet, listening to the Words of the Christ. But Martha was busy with all the serving, and came to Yeshua, saying, “Christ, don’t you care that my sister has left me to serve all alone?” Tell her to help me. And Yeshua answered, “Martha, Martha, you’re upset and worried about too many things, but there is only one thing that’s really needed: Mary has chosen what is good and that won’t be taken away from her.”