Mark 5:1-20 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So they arrived at the other side of the lake, in the land of the Gerasenes. 1 They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes.
2 Just as Jesus was climbing from the boat, a man possessed by an evil spirit ran out from a cemetery to meet him. 2 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet him.
3 This man lived among the tombs and could not be restrained, even with a chain. 3 This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him any more, not even with a chain.
4 Whenever he was put into chains and shackles -- as he often was -- he snapped the chains from his wrists and smashed the shackles. No one was strong enough to control him. 4 For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him.
5 All day long and throughout the night, he would wander among the tombs and in the hills, screaming and hitting himself with stones. 5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.
6 When Jesus was still some distance away, the man saw him. He ran to meet Jesus and fell down before him. 6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him.
7 He gave a terrible scream, shrieking, "Why are you bothering me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? For God's sake, don't torture me!" 7 He shouted at the top of his voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Swear to God that you won't torture me!"
8 For Jesus had already said to the spirit, "Come out of the man, you evil spirit." 8 For Jesus had said to him, "Come out of this man, you evil spirit!"
9 Then Jesus asked, "What is your name?" And the spirit replied, "Legion, because there are many of us here inside this man." 9 Then Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "My name is Legion," he replied, "for we are many."
10 Then the spirits begged him again and again not to send them to some distant place. 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.
11 There happened to be a large herd of pigs feeding on the hillside nearby. 11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside.
12 "Send us into those pigs," the evil spirits begged. 12 The demons begged Jesus, "Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them."
13 Jesus gave them permission. So the evil spirits came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the entire herd of two thousand pigs plunged down the steep hillside into the lake, where they drowned. 13 He gave them permission, and the evil spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.
14 The herdsmen fled to the nearby city and the surrounding countryside, spreading the news as they ran. Everyone rushed out to see for themselves. 14 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened.
15 A crowd soon gathered around Jesus, but they were frightened when they saw the man who had been demon possessed, for he was sitting there fully clothed and perfectly sane. 15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.
16 Those who had seen what happened to the man and to the pigs told everyone about it, 16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man--and told about the pigs as well.
17 and the crowd began pleading with Jesus to go away and leave them alone. 17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.
18 When Jesus got back into the boat, the man who had been demon possessed begged to go, too. 18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him.
19 But Jesus said, "No, go home to your friends, and tell them what wonderful things the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been." 19 Jesus did not let him, but said, "Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you."
20 So the man started off to visit the Ten Towns of that region and began to tell everyone about the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them. 20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.