When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, "What do you want with me,1 Jesus, Son of the Most High God?2 I beg you, don't torture me!"
For Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.
Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "Legion," he replied, because many demons had gone into him.
And they begged him repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.3
A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into them, and he gave them permission.