Mark 5

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Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon

1 1They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes.[a]
2 And when Jesus[b] had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit.
3 2He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain,
4 for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him.
5 Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones.
6 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and 3fell down before him.
7 And 4crying out with a loud voice, he said, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, 5Son of 6the Most High God? 7I adjure you by God, do not torment me."
8 For he was saying to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!"
9 And Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He replied, "My name is 8Legion, for we are many."
10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country.
11 Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside,
12 and they begged him, saying, "Send us to the pigs; let us enter them."
13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out, and entered the pigs, and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and were drowned in the sea.
14 The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened.
15 And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed[c] man, the one who had had 9the legion, sitting there, 10clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid.
16 And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs.
17 And 11they began to beg Jesus[d] to depart from their region.
18 As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him.
19 And he did not permit him but said to him, "Go home to your friends and 12tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you."
20 And he went away and began to proclaim in 13the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.

Jesus Heals a Woman and Jairus's Daughter

21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea.
22 14Then came one of 15the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet
23 and implored him earnestly, saying, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and 16lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live."
24 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and 17thronged about him.
25 And there was a woman 18who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years,
26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.
27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment.
28 For she said, "If I touch even his garments, I will be made well."
29 19And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her 20disease.
30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that 21power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, "Who touched my garments?"
31 And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, 'Who touched me?'"
32 And he looked around to see who had done it.
33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth.
34 And he said to her, "Daughter, 22your faith has made you well; 23go in peace, and be healed of your 24disease."
35 While he was still speaking, there came from 25the ruler's house some who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why 26trouble 27the Teacher any further?"
36 But overhearing[e] what they said, Jesus said to 28the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe."
37 And he allowed no one to follow him except 29Peter and James and 30John the brother of James.
38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus[f] saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.
39 And when he had entered, he said to them, 31"Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but 32sleeping."
40 And they laughed at him. But he 33put them all outside and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was.
41 34Taking her by the hand he said to her, "Talitha cumi," which means, "Little girl, I say to you, 35arise."
42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement.
43 And 36he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

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Mark 5 Commentary

Chapter 5

The demoniac healed. (1-20) A woman healed. (21-34) The daughter of Jairus raised. (35-43)

Verses 1-20 Some openly wilful sinners are like this madman. The commands of the law are as chains and fetters, to restrain sinners from their wicked courses; but they break those bands in sunder; and it is an evidence of the power of the devil in them. A legion of soldiers consisted of six thousand men, or more. What multitudes of fallen spirits there must be, and all enemies to God and man, when here was a legion in one poor wretched creature! Many there are that rise up against us. We are not a match for our spiritual enemies, in our own strength; but in the Lord, and in the power of his might, we shall be able to stand against them, though there are legions of them. When the vilest transgressor is delivered by the power of Jesus from the bondage of Satan, he will gladly sit at the feet of his Deliverer, and hear his word, who delivers the wretched slaves of Satan, and numbers them among his saints and servants. When the people found that their swine were lost, they had a dislike to Christ. Long-suffering and mercy may be seen, even in the corrections by which men lose their property while their lives are saved, and warning given them to seek the salvation of their souls. The man joyfully proclaimed what great things Jesus had done for him. All men marvelled, but few followed him. Many who cannot but wonder at the works of Christ, yet do not, as they ought, wonder after him.

Verses 21-34 A despised gospel will go where it will be better received. One of the rulers of a synagogue earnestly besought Christ for a little daughter, about twelve years old, who was dying. Another cure was wrought by the way. We should do good, not only when in the house, but when we walk by the way, De. 6:7 . It is common with people not to apply to Christ till they have tried in vain all other helpers, and find them, as certainly they will, physicians of no value. Some run to diversions and gay company; others plunge into business, or even into intemperance; others go about to establish their own righteousness, or torment themselves by vain superstitions. Many perish in these ways; but none will ever find rest to the soul by such devices; while those whom Christ heals of the disease of sin, find in themselves an entire change for the better. As secret acts of sin, so secret acts of faith, are known to the Lord Jesus. The woman told all the truth. It is the will of Christ that his people should be comforted, and he has power to command comfort to troubled spirits. The more simply we depend on Him, and expect great things from him, the more we shall find in ourselves that he is become our salvation. Those who, by faith, are healed of their spiritual diseases, have reason to go in peace.

Verses 35-43 We may suppose Jairus hesitating whether he should ask Christ to go on or not, when told that his daughter was dead. But have we not as much occasion for the grace of God, and the comfort of his Spirit, for the prayers of our ministers and Christian friends, when death is in the house, as when sickness is there? Faith is the only remedy against grief and fear at such a time. Believe the resurrection, then fear not. He raised the dead child to life by a word of power. Such is the gospel call to those who are by nature dead in trespasses and sins. It is by the word of Christ that spiritual life is given. All who saw it, and heard of it, admired the miracle, and Him that wrought it. Though we cannot now expect to have our dead children or relatives restored, we may hope to find comfort under our trials.

Cross References 36

  • 1. For ver. 1-21, see Matthew 8:28 - 9:1; Luke 8:26-40
  • 2. [Revelation 18:2]
  • 3. See Matthew 8:2
  • 4. Mark 1:26; Acts 8:7
  • 5. [Matthew 4:3, 6]; See Matthew 14:33
  • 6. Genesis 14:18; Numbers 24:16; Psalms 57:2; Daniel 3:26; Luke 1:32; Luke 6:35; Acts 16:17
  • 7. Matthew 26:63; Acts 19:13; [James 2:19]
  • 8. Matthew 26:53
  • 9. [Luke 8:27]
  • 10. ver. 9
  • 11. [Luke 5:8; Acts 16:39]
  • 12. Psalms 66:16; [Mark 1:44]
  • 13. Mark 7:31; Matthew 4:25
  • 14. For ver. 22-43, see Matthew 9:18-26; Luke 8:41-56
  • 15. Luke 13:14; Acts 13:15; Acts 18:8, 17
  • 16. Mark 6:5; Mark 7:32; Mark 8:23, 25; Mark 16:18; Matthew 9:18; Luke 4:40; Luke 13:13; Acts 9:12, 17; Acts 28:8
  • 17. ver. 31; Mark 3:9
  • 18. Leviticus 15:25
  • 19. Matthew 15:28; Matthew 17:18
  • 20. See Mark 3:10
  • 21. Luke 5:17; Luke 6:19; Luke 8:46; [Acts 10:38]
  • 22. See Luke 7:50
  • 23. See Luke 7:50
  • 24. [See ver. 29 above]
  • 25. ver. 22
  • 26. Luke 7:6
  • 27. See John 11:28
  • 28. [See ver. 35 above]
  • 29. Mark 9:2; Mark 14:33
  • 30. Mark 3:17
  • 31. [Acts 20:10]
  • 32. John 11:4, 11
  • 33. Acts 9:40
  • 34. See Mark 1:31
  • 35. Luke 7:14, 22; [Matthew 11:5; John 11:43]
  • 36. Mark 9:9; See Matthew 8:4

Footnotes 6

  • [a]. Some manuscripts Gergesenes; some Gadarenes
  • [b]. Greek he; also verse 9
  • [c]. Greek daimonizomai; also verses 16, 18; elsewhere rendered oppressed by demons
  • [d]. Greek him
  • [e]. Or ignoring; some manuscripts hearing
  • [f]. Greek he

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