5:2 When he had disembarked the boat, immediately a man with an impure spirit came out of the cemetery.
5:3 He had been living among the tombs and even with chains no one could restrain him.
5:4 Because he had previously been restrained with shackles and chains, and the chains were broken apart by him and the shackles burst in pieces – no one was strong enough to restrain him.
5:5 And every night and day he was screaming among the hills and tombs, and was gashing his body with rocks.
5:6 Yet when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and bowed down before him.
5:7 He cried with a loud voice and said, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Representative of the Most High God: I beseech you by God, please don’t bother me!”
5:8 For he had said to him, “Come out of the man, you impure spirit!”
5:9 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion: for we are many."
5:10 And he begged him not to send them away from the area.
5:11 Now there was a large herd of pigs feeding on a nearby hillside.
5:12 Then the demons begged him, saying, “Send us into the swine, so we may enter them.”
5:13 Jesus permitted the impure spirits to come out and enter into the herd of about two thousand pigs, and the herd ran down a steep ravine and drowned in the sea.
5:14 Then those who grazed the pigs fled and they reported it throughout the city and countryside – and people arrived to see what had happened.
5:15 When they approached Jesus they saw he who had been possessed with the legion of demons. He sat there, dressed and in his right mind – and they were astonished.
5:16 Then those who saw it told them how it happened that he was possessed with the demon – and what happened with the pigs.
5:17 Then they begged Jesus to leave their part of the country.
5:18 After Jesus had boarded the boat, the man who was possessed with the demon asked if he could go with him.
5:19 But Jesus did not let him, saying, “Go home to your friends and tell them how merciful the LORD was to you, and had compassion on you.”
5:20 Then he left and began to proclaim in Decapolis about the great things Jesus had done for him – and everyone was amazed.
5:21 After Jesus crossed over again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him – and he stayed on the coast.
5:22 One time one of the synagogue elders, named Jairus, came forward. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet.
5:23 Then he ardently pleaded, “My young daughter is at the point of death – please come and lay your hands upon her so that she will get well and live.”
5:24 Then Jesus accompanied him and many people followed him, pressing in on him.
5:25 Then a certain woman, who had a bleeding condition for twelve years –
5:26 and had suffered many treatments from many physicians and spent all she had while not getting better – but actually got worse.
5:27 Hearing that Jesus had arrived she came through the crowd and touched his robe.
5:28 Because she had said, “If I can just touch his clothes I will become well.”
5:29 Immediately the flowing of her blood stopped and she could feel within her body that she was healed from her condition.
5:30 Then Jesus – immediately knowing within himself that power was being pulled from him – turned around while being pressed against and said, “Who touched my clothing?”
5:31 And his students said, “You see the crowds pressing against you, and you ask, ‘who touched me?’”
5:32 Then he looked around to see who had done this.
5:33 The woman, who was afraid and trembled about what had happened to her, approached and fell at his feet and told him everything.
5:34 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you whole – be with peace and be cured of your condition.”
5:35 While he was still speaking, some people who had visited the house of the synagogue elder told him, “Your daughter is dead – why are you still bothering the Teacher?”
5:36 Yet when Jesus heard what was being spoken, he said to the chief priest, “Don’t be afraid, just have faith.”
5:37 Then he allowed no one to accompany him except Peter, James and John – the brother of James.
5:38 Then he arrived at the house of the synagogue elder and saw the commotion – and those who were weeping and crying loudly.
5:39 After he went in, he asked them, “Why all the agitation and crying? The girl is not dead – she is only sleeping.”
5:40 Then they laughed and ridiculed him. Yet after he expelled them, he took the father and the mother of the girl, and those who were with him, and went in where the girl was lying.
5:41 Then he held the girl’s hand and said to her, “Talitha koum” – which means, “Girl, I am telling you, wake up.”
5:42 Then immediately the girl got up and walked, for she was twelve years old. And they were amazed with astonishment.
5:43 Then he instructed them sternly that no one should know about this – and told them to give her something to eat.
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