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Mark 5:3

3 This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain.

Read Mark 5:3 Using Other Translations

Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain,
This man lived among the burial caves and could no longer be restrained, even with a chain.

What does Mark 5:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Mark 5:3

Who had his dwelling among the tombs
Which is one of the characters of a madman among the Jews; who say it is F17

``the sign of a madman, that he goeth out in the night, (twrbqh) (tybb Nlhw) , "and lodges among the tombs", and rends his garments, and loses what is given to him.''

The same they say, in the same place, of an hypochondriac, and melancholy man; and of Kordiacus, which they give out F18 is a demon that possesses, and has power over some sort of persons:

and no man could bind him, no, not with chains;
so as to hold him for any length of time: not only cords were insufficient to hold, but even chains of iron; so strong was he through the possession; for this could not be by his own natural strength.


FOOTNOTES:

F17 T. Hieros. Gittin, fol. 48. 3. & Trumot, fol. 40. 2.
F18 Jarchi & Bartenora in Misn. Gittin, c. 7. sect. 1.
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