Luke 8:9; Luke 8:10–25

The Purpose of the Parables

And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant,


10 he said, zTo you it has been given to know athe secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so bthat seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. 11 cNow the parable is this: The seed is dthe word of God. 12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not ebelieve and be saved. 13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it fwith joy. But these have no root; they gbelieve for a while, and in time of testing hfall away. 14 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but ias they go on their way they are choked by the jcares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15 As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and kbear fruit lwith patience.

A Lamp Under a Jar

16 mnNo one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. 17 oFor nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. 18 pTake care then how you hear, qfor to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers

19 rThen his mother and shis brothers1 came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. 20 And he was told, Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you. 21 But he answered them, My mother and my brothers are those twho hear the word of God and do it.

Jesus Calms a Storm

22 uOne day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, Let us go across to the other side of vthe lake. So they set out, 23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on vthe lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. 24 And they went and woke him, saying, Master, Master, we are perishing! And he awoke and wrebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, xand there was a calm. 25 He said to them, Where is your faith? And they ywere afraid, and they zmarveled, saying to one another, Who then is this, that ahe commands even winds and water, and they obey him?