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MARK 5:1–5:43 ©

The Gospel of Mark 5

5Jesus and his apprentices arrived on the other side of the Sea of Galilee. People called the Gerasenes lived near the place where they landed. 2When Jesus stepped out of the boat, a man came out from the tombs in a cemetery. Evil spirits controlled the man. 3The man was coming out of the cemetery because he lived among the tombs. The people at times tried to restrain him. They could not restrain him, not even with metal chains. 4Whenever they used chains and shackles, the man would break them apart. He was so strong that no one was able to control him. 5Day and night the man would spend his time among the places in the cemetery where people were buried. In the hill-country he would scream out loud and cut himself with sharp stones. 6When he saw Jesus in the distance getting out of the boat, he ran over to him and knelt before him. 7-8 7-8The demon cried out in a loud voice, “Leave me alone, Jesus, Son of the Most High God! Swear by the name of God that you will not torture me!” The demon said this because Jesus was saying to him, “Go out from that man, unclean spirit!” 9Jesus asked the unclean spirit, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion because there are many of us evil spirits in this man.” 10Then the evil spirits kept asking Jesus fervently that he not send them out of the region. 11At the same time, a large herd of pigs was grazing nearby on the hillside. 12So the evil spirits pleaded with Jesus saying, “Allow us to go to the pigs in order that we might enter them!” 13Jesus permitted them to do that. So the evil spirits left the man and entered the pigs. The herd, which numbered about 2,000, rushed down the steep hill into the Sea of Galilee, where they drowned.

14The men who were tending the pigs ran and reported in the town and the countryside what had happened. Many people from those places went to see for themselves what had happened. 15All of the people came to the place where Jesus was. Then they saw the man whom evil spirits had previously controlled. He was sitting there with clothes on and no longer acting like evil spirits controlled him. They were afraid when they saw all this. 16The people who had seen what Jesus did told those who had come from the town and from the countryside. They told the people about what had happened to the man whom the evil spirits previously controlled. They also described what had happened to the pigs. 17Then the people pleaded with Jesus to leave their region.

18As Jesus got in the boat to leave, the man whom the evil spirits previously controlled begged Jesus, “Please let me go with you!” 19But Jesus did not let the man go with him. Instead, he said to him, “Go home to your family and tell them everything the Lord has done for you, and tell them how he has been so kind to you.” 20So the man went and traveled around the Ten Towns in that region. He told people everything Jesus had done for him. All the people who heard what the man said were amazed.

21After Jesus crossed again in a boat to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. 22One of the men who was in charge of a Jewish meeting place, whose name was Jairus, came there. When he saw Jesus, he knelt at his feet. 23Then he pleaded with Jesus earnestly, “My daughter is sick and nearly dead! Please come to my house and place your hands on her. Heal her and keep her alive!” 24So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed him, and many pushed in close to him. 25There was a woman in the crowd who had a bleeding disorder. She had been bleeding every day for 12 years. 26She suffered many times by the hand of many doctors. At the same time, she had spent all of her money and did not get better. Instead, she got worse. 27-28 27-28When she heard that Jesus healed people, she joined the crowd which was following him. As she got near him, she touched his garment. She was thinking, “If I only touch his clothes, it will heal me.” 29At once her bleeding stopped. At the same time, she felt within her body that Jesus cured her of her illness. 30Jesus also immediately sensed within himself that his power had healed someone. So he turned around in the crowd and then he asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 31His apprentices replied, “You can see that many people are pushing close to you! Probably many people have touched you! So why do you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” 32But Jesus kept looking around in order to see the one who had touched him. 33The woman was very afraid and trembling, because she knew that when she touched Jesus, he healed her. She knelt before him and told him what she had done. 34He said to her, “Daughter, because you have believed that I could heal you, I have now healed you. Be at peace, knowing that I permanently healed you from your illness.”

35While Jesus was still speaking to that woman, some people arrived who had come from Jairus’ house. They said to Jairus, “Your daughter has now died. So there is no need to bother the teacher any longer in bringing him to your house.” 36But when Jesus heard what these men said, he said to Jairus, “Do not be afraid that your daughter is dead! Just believe that she will live!” 37Then he allowed only his three closest apprentices, Peter, James, and John, to go with him to the house. He did not allow any other people to go with him. 38After they arrived near Jairus’ house, Jesus saw that the people there were in turmoil. They were weeping and wailing loudly. 39He entered the house, and then he said to the people there, “Why are you so upset and crying? The child is not dead, but only sleeping.” 40The people laughed at him because they knew that she was dead. He sent all the other people outside the house. Then he took the child’s father and mother and the three apprentices who were with him, and they went into the room where the child was lying. 41He took hold of the child’s hand and said to her in her own language, “Talitha koum!” That means, “Little girl, get up!” 42At once the girl got up and walked around. (It was not surprising that she could walk, because she was 12 years old.) When this happened, all who were present were greatly amazed. 43Jesus ordered them strictly, saying, “Do not tell anyone about what I have done!” Then he told them to give the girl something to eat.

MARK 5:1–5:43 ©