Bible: Luke 8:26-39
Healing of a Demoniac
8:26 So 1 they sailed over to the region of the Gerasenes, 2 which is opposite 3 Galilee. 8:27 As 4 Jesus 5 stepped ashore, 6 a certain man from the town 7 met him who was possessed by demons. 8 For a long time this man 9 had worn no clothes and had not lived in a house, but among 10 the tombs. 8:28 When he saw 11 Jesus, he cried out, fell 12 down before him, and shouted with a loud voice, “Leave me alone, 13 Jesus, Son of the Most High 14 God! I beg you, do not torment 15 me!” 8:29 For Jesus 16 had started commanding 17 the evil 18 spirit to come out of the man. (For it had seized him many times, so 19 he would be bound with chains and shackles 20 and kept under guard. But 21 he would break the restraints and be driven by the demon into deserted 22 places.) 23 8:30 Jesus then 24 asked him, “What is your name?” He 25 said, “Legion,” 26 because many demons had entered him. 8:31 And they began to beg 27 him not to order 28 them to depart into the abyss. 29 8:32 Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 30 and the demonic spirits 31 begged Jesus 32 to let them go into them. He gave them permission. 33 8:33 So 34 the demons came out of the man and went into the pigs, and the herd of pigs 35 rushed down the steep slope into the lake and drowned. 8:34 When 36 the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran off and spread the news 37 in the town 38 and countryside. 8:35 So 39 the people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus. They 40 found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 8:36 Those 41 who had seen it told them how the man who had been demon-possessed had been healed. 42 8:37 Then 43 all the people of the Gerasenes 44 and the surrounding region 45 asked Jesus 46 to leave them alone, 47 for they were seized with great fear. 48 So 49 he got into the boat and left. 50 8:38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go 51 with him, but Jesus 52 sent him away, saying, 8:39 “Return to your home, 53 and declare 54 what God has done for you.” 55 So 56 he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole town 57 what Jesus 58 had done for him.