The Geneva Bible 1587 Edition
one of the most historically significant translations of the Bible into the English language,
preceding the King James translation by 51 years.
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1 And it came to passe afterwarde, that hee himselfe went through euery citie and towne, preaching and publishing the kingdome of God, and the twelue were with him,
2 And certaine women, which were healed of euill spirites, and infirmities, as Mary which was called Magdalene, out of whom went seuen deuils,
3 And Ioanna the wife of Chuza Herods steward, and Susanna, and many other which ministred vnto him of their substance.
4 The same gospel is sown everywhere, but does not everywhere yield the same fruit, and this is only due to the fault of men themselves. And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:
5 A sower went out to sowe his seede, and as he sowed, some fell by the wayes side, and it was troden vnder feete, and the foules of heauen deuoured it vp.
6 And some fell on the stones, and when it was sprong vp, it withered away, because it lacked moystnesse.
7 And some fell among thornes, and the thornes sprang vp with it, and choked it.
8 And some fell on good ground, and sprang vp, and bare fruite, an hundreth folde; as hee sayd these things, he cryed, He that hath eares to heare, let him heare.
9 Then his disciples asked him, demaunding what parable that was.
10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the Those things are called secret which may not be uttered: for the word used here is equivalent to our saying, «to hold a man's peace». mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
11 The parable is this, The seede is the worde of God.
12 And they that are beside the way, are they that heare: afterward commeth the deuill, and taketh away the worde out of their hearts, least they should beleeue, and be saued.
13 But they that are on the stones, are they which when they haue heard, receiue ye word with ioy: but they haue no rootes: which for a while beleeue, but in the time of tentation goe away.
14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, That is, as soon as they have heard the word, they go about their business. go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of [this] life, and They do not bring forth perfect and full fruit to the ripening: or, they begin, but they do not bring to an end. bring no fruit to perfection.
15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an Who seek not only to seem to be such, but are indeed so: so that this word «honest» refers to the outward life, and the word «good» refers to the good gifts of the mind. honest and good heart, having heard the word, With much difficulty, for the devil and the flesh fight against the Spirit of God, who is a new guest. keep [it], and bring forth fruit with patience.
16 That which every man has received in private he ought to bestow to the use and profit of all men. No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth [it] under a bed; but setteth [it] on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.
17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be euident: neither any thing hid, that shall not be knowen, and come to light.
18 Heavenly gifts are lost when one is sparing with them, and increase when one is liberal with them. Take That is, with what minds you come to hear the word, and how you behave yourselves when you have heard it. heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that Either to himself, or to others, or to both: for there are none so proud as these fellows, if it were possible to see those things which they disguise: neither are there those that deceive the simple more than they do. which he seemeth to have.
19 There is no relationship of flesh and blood among men so intimate and upright as the band which is between Christ and those who embrace him with a true faith. Then came to him [his] mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press.
20 And it was tolde him by certaine which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, and would see thee.
21 But he answered, and sayd vnto them, My mother and my brethren are these which heare the worde of God, and doe it.
22 It is expedient for us sometimes to come into extreme danger, as though Christ was not with us, that we may have a better test, both of his power, and also of our weakness. Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.
23 But as they sailed he fell Jesus fell asleep, and it appears that he was very fast asleep, because they called him twice before he awoke. asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and Not the disciples, but the ship. they were filled [with water], and were in jeopardy.
24 Then they went to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, Master, we perish; he arose, and rebuked the winde, and the waues of water: and they ceased, and it was calme.
25 Then he sayde vnto them, Where is your fayth? And they feared, & wondered among them selues, saying, Who is this that commandeth both the windes and water, and they obey him!
26 So they sailed vnto the region of the Gadarenes, which is ouer against Galile.
27 Christ shows by casting out a legion of demons by his word alone that his heavenly power was appointed to deliver men from the slavery of the devil: but foolish men for the most part will not redeem this so excellent grace freely offered unto them if it means the loss of even the least of their wealth. And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in [any] house, but in the tombs.
28 And when he sawe Iesus, he cryed out and fell downe before him, and with a loude voyce sayd, What haue I to doe with thee, Iesus the Sonne of God the most High? I beseech thee torment me not.
29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, By force and violence, as a horse when he is spurred. and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)
30 Then Iesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he sayd, Legion, because many deuils were entred into him.
31 And they besought him, that he would not commaund them to goe out into the deepe.
32 And there was there by, an hearde of many swine, feeding on an hill: and the deuils besought him, that he would suffer them to enter into them. So he suffered them.
33 Then went the deuils out of the man, and entred into the swine: and the hearde was caried with violence from a steepe downe place into the lake, and was choked.
34 When the heardmen sawe what was done, they fled: and when they were departed, they tolde it in the citie and in the countrey.
35 Then they came out to see what was done, and came to Iesus, and found the man, out of whom the deuils were departed, sitting at the feete of Iesus, clothed, and in his right minde: and they were afrayd.
36 They also which saw it, tolde them by what meanes he that was possessed with the deuill, was healed.
37 Then the whole multitude of the countrey about the Gadarenes, besought him that he would depart from them: for they were taken with a great feare: and he went into the ship, and returned.
38 Then the man, out of whome the deuils were departed, besought him that hee might be with him: but Iesus sent him away, saying,
39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published That is, the city of the Gadarenes: and though Mark says that he preached it in Decapolis, these accounts do not differ, for Pliny records in lib. 5, chap. 18, that Gadara is a town of Decapolis: so that Decapolis was partly on this side of Jordan, and partly on the other side. throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.
40 And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people The multitude was glad he had come again, and greatly rejoiced. [gladly] received him: for they were all waiting for him.
41 Christ shows by a double miracle that he is Lord both of life and death. And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house:
42 For he had but a daughter onely, about twelue yeeres of age, and she lay a dying (and as he went, the people thronged him.
43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her All that she had to live upon. living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
44 When she came behind him, she touched the hemme of his garment, and immediatly her yssue of blood stanched.
45 Then Iesus sayd, Who is it that hath touched me? When euery man denied, Peter sayd and they that were with him, Master, the multitude thrust thee, and tread on thee, & sayest thou, Who hath touched me?
46 And Iesus sayde, Some one hath touched me: for I perceiue that vertue is gone out of me.
47 When the woman sawe that she was not hid, she came trembling, and fell downe before him, and tolde him before all the people, for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediatly.
48 And he said vnto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath saued thee: go in peace.)
49 While he yet spake, there came one from the ruler of the Synagogues house, which sayde to him, Thy daughter is dead: disease not the Master.
50 When Iesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Feare not: beleeue onely, and she shall be saued.
51 And when he went into the house, he suffered no man to goe in with him, saue Peter, and Iames, and Iohn, and the father and mother of the maide.
52 And all wept, and The word signifies to beat and strike, and is used in the mournings and lamentations that are at burials, at which times men used this type of behaviour. bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.
53 And they laught him to scorne, knowing that she was dead.
54 So he thrust them all out, and tooke her by the hand, and cryed, saying, Maide, arise.
55 And her spirit came again, and she The corpse was lying there, and then the young girl received life, and rose out of the bed, that all the world might see that she was not only restored to life, but also void of all sickness. arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat.
56 Then her parents were astonied: but hee commaunded them that they should tell no man what was done.Presented by The Common Man's Prospective. Copyright© 1999-2012 Ernest C. Marsh