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Mark: 5

The Healing of the Gadarene Demoniac  Mk.5.1-20 (Gadara)[ Mk.5.1-20 → ] - Mt.8.28-34, Lk.8.26-39

1So they came to the other side of the lake, into the country of the Gerasenes. 2As he stepped ashore, a man possessed by an unclean spirit came up to him from among the tombs where he had his dwelling. 3He could no longer be controlled; even chains were useless; he had often been fettered and chained up, 4but he had snapped his chains and broken the fetters. No one was strong enough to master him. 5And so, unceasingly, night and day, he would cry aloud among the tombs and on the hill-sides and cut himself with stones. 6When he saw Jesus in the distance, he ran and flung himself down before him, 7shouting loudly, 'What do you want with me, Jesus, son of the Most High God? In God's name do not torment me.' 8(For Jesus was already saying to him, 'Out, unclean spirit, come out of this man!') 9Jesus asked him, 'What is your name?' 'My name is Legion,' he said, 'there are so many of us.' 10And he begged hard that Jesus would not send them out of the country.

11Now there happened to be a large herd of pigs feeding on the hill-side, 12and the spirits begged him, 'Send us among the pigs and let us go into them.' 13He gave them leave; and the unclean spirits came out and went into the pigs; and the herd, of about two thousand, rushed over the edge into the lake and were drowned.

14The men in charge of them took to their heels and carried the news to the town and country-side; and the people came out to see what had happened. 15They came to Jesus and saw the madman who had been possessed by the legion of devils, sitting there clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16The spectators told them how the madman had been cured and what had happened to the pigs. 17Then they begged Jesus to leave the district.

18As he was stepping into the boat, the man who had been possessed begged to go with him. 19Jesus would not allow it, but said to him, 'Go home to your own folk and tell them what the Lord in his mercy has done for you.' 20The man went off and spread the news in the Ten Towns [Greek: Decapolis.] of all that Jesus had done for him, and they were all amazed.

Jairus' Daughter and the Woman who Touched Jesus' Garment  Mk.5.21-43 (Capernaum)[ Mk.5.21-43 → ] - Mt.9.18-26, Lk.8.40-56

21As soon as Jesus had returned by boat to the other shore, a great crowd once more gathered round him. 22While he was by the lake-side, the president of one of the synagogues came up, Jairus by name, and, when he saw him, threw himself down at his feet 23and pleaded with him. 'My little daughter', he said, 'is at death's door. 24I beg you to come and lay your hands on her to cure her and save her life.' So Jesus went with him, accompanied by a great crowd which pressed upon him.

25Among them was a woman who had suffered from haemorrhages for twelve years; 26and in spite of long treatment by doctors, on which she had spent all she had, there had been no improvement; on the contrary, she had grown worse. 27She had heard what people were saying about Jesus, so she came up from behind in the crowd and touched his cloak; 28for she said to herself, 'If I touch even his clothes, I shall be cured.' 29And there and then the source of her haemorrhages dried up and she knew in herself that she was cured of her trouble. 30At the same time Jesus, aware that power had gone out of him, turned round in the crowd and asked, 'Who touched my clothes?' 31His disciples said to him, 'You see the crowd pressing upon you and yet you ask, "Who touched me?" ' 32Meanwhile he was looking round to see who had done it. 33And the woman, trembling with fear when she grasped what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, 'My daughter, your faith has cured you. Go in peace, free for ever from this trouble.'

35While he was still speaking, a message came from the president's house, 'Your daughter is dead; why trouble the Rabbi further?' 36But Jesus, overhearing the message as it was delivered, said to the president of the synagogue, 'Do not be afraid; only have faith.' 37After this he allowed no one to accompany him except Peter and James and James's brother John. 38They came to the president's house, where he found a great commotion, with loud crying and wailing. 39So he went in and said to them, 'Why this crying and commotion? The child is not dead: she is asleep.' 40But they only laughed at him. After turning all the others out, he took the child's father and mother and his own companions and went in where the child was lying. 41Then, taking hold of her hand, he said to her, 'Talitha cum', which means, 'Get up, my child.' 42Immediately the girl got up and walked about-she was twelve years old. At that they were beside themselves with amazement. 43He gave them strict orders to let no one hear about it, and told them to give her something to eat.


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