Bible: Mark 5:1-20

Healing of a Demoniac

5:1 So 1  they came to the other side of the lake, to the region of the Gerasenes. 2  5:2 Just as Jesus 3  was getting out of the boat, a man with an unclean spirit 4  came from the tombs and met him. 5  5:3 He lived among the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 5:4 For his hands and feet had often been bound with chains and shackles, 6  but 7  he had torn the chains apart and broken the shackles in pieces. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5:5 Each night and every day among the tombs and in the mountains, he would cry out and cut himself with stones. 5:6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him. 5:7 Then 8  he cried out with a loud voice, “Leave me alone, 9  Jesus, Son of the Most High God! I implore you by God 10 do not torment me! 5:8 (For Jesus 11  had said to him, “Come out of that man, you unclean spirit!”) 12  5:9 Jesus 13  asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “My name is Legion, 14  for we are many.” 5:10 He begged Jesus 15  repeatedly not to send them out of the region. 5:11 There on the hillside, 16  a great herd of pigs was feeding. 5:12 And the demonic spirits 17  begged him, “Send us into the pigs. Let us enter them.” 5:13 Jesus 18  gave them permission. 19  So 20  the unclean spirits came out and went into the pigs. Then the herd rushed down the steep slope into the lake, and about two thousand were drowned in the lake.

5:14 Now 21  the herdsmen ran off and spread the news in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 5:15 They came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man sitting there, clothed and in his right mind – the one who had the “Legion– and they were afraid. 5:16 Those who had seen what had happened to the demon-possessed man reported it, and they also told about the pigs. 5:17 Then 22  they asked Jesus 23  to leave their region. 5:18 As he was getting into the boat the man who had been demon-possessed asked if he could go 24  with him. 5:19 But 25  Jesus 26  did not permit him to do so. Instead, he said to him, “Go to your home and to your people and tell them what the Lord has done for you, 27  that he had mercy on you.” 5:20 So 28  he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis 29  what Jesus had done for him, 30  and all were amazed.

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