The apostle Mark writing (God speaking via scripture...The Word) to
the believers in Rome about the healing of the demon-possessed man and his conversion to being a
Jesus believer essentially against his very will!
1973-78: 1 They went across the lake to the region of
the Gerasenes. 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
in the tombs, and no one could bind him any more, not even with a chain. 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 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut
himself with stones.
6 When he saw Jesus from a
distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. 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 said to him,
"Come out of this man, you evil spirit!"
9 Then Jesus asked him, "What is
10 "My name is Legion," he
replied, "for we are many." And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the
11 A large herd of pigs was
feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus,
"Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them." 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 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 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 it told the people what had
happened to the demon-possessed man--and told about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their
18 As Jesus was getting into the
boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 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 went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus
had done for him. And all the people were amazed.
Wycliffe Bible of
1384: 1 And thei camen ouer the see in to the cuntree
2 And aftir that he was goon out
of the boot, anoon a man in an vncleene spirit ran out of birielis to hym.
3 Which man hadde an hous in
biriels, and nether with cheynes now myyte ony man bynde hym.
4 For ofte tymes he was boundun
in stockis and chaynes, and he hadde broke the chaynes, and hadde broke the stockis to smale
gobetis, and no man myyte make hym tame.
5 And euermore, nyyt and dai, in
birielis and in hillis, he was criynge and betynge hym silf with stoonus.
6 And he siy Jhesus afer, and
ran, and worschipide hym.
7 And he criede with greet voice,
and seide, What to me and to thee, thou Jhesu, the sone of the hiyest God? Y coniure thee bi God,
that thou turmente me not.
8 And Jhesus seide to hym, Thou
vnclene spirit, go out fro the man.
9 And Jhesus axide hym, What is
thi name? And he seith to hym, A legioun is my name; for we ben many.
10 And he preiede Jhesu myche,
that he schulde not putte hym out of the cuntrei.
11 And there was there aboute the
hille a greet flok of swyn lesewynge.
12 And the spiritis preieden
Jhesu, and seiden, Sende vs into the swyn, that we entre in to hem.
13 And anoon Jhesus grauntide to
hem. And the vnclene spiritis yeden out, and entriden in to the swyn, and with a greet birre the
flocke was cast doun in to the see, a twei thousynde, and thei weren dreynt in the see.
14 And thei that kepten hem,
fledden, and tolden in to the citee, and in to the feeldis; and thei wenten out, to se what was
15 And thei camen to Jhesu, and
sayn hym that hadde be trauelid of the feend, syttynge clothid, and of hool mynde; and thei
16 And thei that saien, hou it
was don to hym that hadde a feend, and of the swyne, telden to hem.
17 And thei bigunnen to preie
hym, that he schulde go a wei fro her coostis.
18 And whanne he yede up in to a
boot, he that was trauelid of the deuel, bigan to preie hym, that he schulde be with
19 But Jhesus resseyuede hym not,
but seide to hym, Go thou in to thin hous to thine, and telle to hem, hou grete thingis the Lord
hath don to thee, and hadde merci of thee.
20 And he wente forth, and bigan
to preche in Decapoli, hou grete thingis Jhesus hadde don to hym; and alle men
King James Bible
of 1611: 1 And they came over unto the
other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
2 And when he was
come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean
3 Who had his
dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
4 Because that he had
been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the
fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
5 And always, night
and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with
6 But when he saw
Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
7 And cried with a
loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure
thee by God, that thou torment me not.
8 For he said unto
him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
9 And he asked him,
What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
10 And he besought
him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
11 Now there was
there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.
12 And all the devils
besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.
13 And forthwith
Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd
ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in
14 And they that fed
the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was
that was done.
15 And they come to
Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and
in his right mind: and they were afraid.
16 And they that saw
it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the
17 And they began to
pray him to depart out of their coasts.
18 And when he was
come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with
19 Howbeit Jesus
suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the
Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.
20 And he departed,
and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did
NAS Bible of 1960: 1 They came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the
When He got out of the boat, immediately a man from the tombs with 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, "What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the 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 Legion; 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
15 They came to Jesus and
observed the man who had been demon-possessed sitting down, clothed and in his right mind, the very
man who had had the "legion"; and they became frightened.
16 Those who had seen it
described to them how it had happened to the demon-possessed man, and all about the
17 And they began to implore Him
to leave their region.
18 As He was getting into the
boat, the man who had been demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany
19 And He did not let him, but He
said to him, "Go 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
proclaim in Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was
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