Mark 5:1-20

The Gerasene Demoniac

1 1They came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes.
2 When He got out of 2the boat, immediately a man from the tombs 3with an unclean spirit met Him,
3 and he had his dwelling among the tombs. And no * one was able to bind him anymore, even with a chain;
4 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him and the shackles broken in pieces, and no one was strong enough to subdue him.
5 Constantly, night and day, he was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and gashing himself with stones.
6 Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him;
7 and shouting with a loud voice, he said, "4What business do we have with each other, Jesus, 5Son of 6the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!"
8 For He had been saying to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!"
9 And He was asking him, "What is your name?" And he said to Him, "My name is 7Legion; for we are many."
10 And he began to implore Him earnestly not to send them out of the country.
11 Now there was a large herd of swine feeding nearby on the mountain.
12 The demons implored Him, saying, "Send us into the swine so that we may enter them."
13 Jesus gave them permission. And coming out, the unclean spirits entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand of them; and they were drowned in the sea.
14 Their herdsmen ran away and reported it in the city and in the country. And the people came to see what it was that had happened.
15 They came to Jesus and observed the man who had been 8demon-possessed sitting down, 9clothed and 10in his right mind, the very man who had had the "11legion "; and they became frightened.
16 Those who had seen it described to them how it had happened to the 12demon-possessed man, and all about the swine.
17 And they began to 13implore Him to leave their region.
18 14As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been 15demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany * Him.
19 And He did not let him, but He said to him, "16Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you."
20 And he went away and began to 17proclaim in 18Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.
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