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Mark 5:2-12 (The Message)

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2 As Jesus got out of the boat, a madman from the cemetery came up to him. 3 He lived there among the tombs and graves. No one could restrain him - he couldn't be chained, couldn't be tied down. 4 He had been tied up many times with chains and ropes, but he broke the chains, snapped the ropes. No one was strong enough to tame him. 5 Night and day he roamed through the graves and the hills, screaming out and slashing himself with sharp stones. 6 When he saw Jesus a long way off, he ran and bowed in worship before him - 7 then bellowed in protest, "What business do you have, Jesus, Son of the High God, messing with me? I swear to God, don't give me a hard time!" 8 (Jesus had just commanded the tormenting evil spirit, "Out! Get out of the man!") 9 Jesus asked him, "Tell me your name." 10 Then he desperately begged Jesus not to banish them from the country. 11 A large herd of pigs was browsing and rooting on a nearby hill. 12 The demons begged him, "Send us to the pigs so we can live in them."
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