Luke 8:31
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New International Version
And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.

New Living Translation
The demons kept begging Jesus not to send them into the bottomless pit.

English Standard Version
And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss.

Berean Study Bible
And the demons kept begging Jesus not to order them to go into the abyss.

Berean Literal Bible
And they were begging Him not to command them to depart into the abyss.

New American Standard Bible
They were imploring Him not to command them to go away into the abyss.

King James Bible
And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And they begged Him not to banish them to the abyss.

International Standard Version
Then the demons began begging Jesus not to order them to go into the bottomless pit.

NET Bible
And they began to beg him not to order them to depart into the abyss.

New Heart English Bible
They begged him that he would not command them to go into the abyss.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they were begging him that he would not command them to enter the abyss.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The demons begged Jesus not to order them to go into the bottomless pit.

New American Standard 1977
And they were entreating Him not to command them to depart into the abyss.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the abyss.

King James 2000 Bible
And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the abyss.

American King James Version
And they sought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.

American Standard Version
And they entreated him that he would not command them to depart into the abyss.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they besought him that he would not command them to go into the abyss.

Darby Bible Translation
And they besought him that he would not command them to go away into the bottomless pit.

English Revised Version
And they entreated him that he would not command them to depart into the abyss.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they besought him, that he would not command them to go out into the deep.

Weymouth New Testament
and they besought Him not to command them to be gone into the Bottomless Pit.

World English Bible
They begged him that he would not command them to go into the abyss.

Young's Literal Translation
and he was calling on him, that he may not command them to go away to the abyss,
Study Bible
The Demons and the Pigs
30“What is your name?” Jesus asked. “Legion,” he answered, because many demons had gone into him. 31And the demons kept begging Jesus not to order them to go into the abyss. 32There on the hillside a large herd of pigs was feeding. So the demons begged Jesus to let them enter the pigs, and He permitted them.…
Cross References
Luke 8:32
There on the hillside a large herd of pigs was feeding. So the demons begged Jesus to let them enter the pigs, and He permitted them.

Romans 10:7
or, 'Who will descend into the abyss?' (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead)."

Revelation 9:1
Then the fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from heaven to earth, and it was given the key to the pit of the abyss.

Revelation 9:11
They were ruled by a king, the angel of the abyss. His name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek it is Apollyon.

Revelation 11:7
When the two witnesses have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the abyss will wage war with them, and will overpower and kill them.

Revelation 17:8
The beast that you saw was, and now is no more, but is about to come up out of the abyss and go to its destruction. And those who dwell on the earth whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet will be.

Revelation 20:1
Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the Abyss, holding in his hand a great chain.

Revelation 20:3
And he threw him into the Abyss, shut it, and sealed it over him, so that he could not deceive the nations until the thousand years were complete. After that, he must be released for a brief period of time.
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And they sought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.

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Luke 8:28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with …

Job 1:11 But put forth your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will …

Job 2:5 But put forth your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and …

Philippians 2:10,11 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, …

the deep. 'The abyss,' says Dr. Doddridge, 'the prison in which many of these fallen spirits are detained; and to which some, who may, like these, have been permitted for a while to range at large, are sometimes by Divine justice and power remanded.'

Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, …

Revelation 9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of …

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that worked …

Revelation 20:2,3,14,15 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, …

(31) To go out into the deep.--Better, into the abyss. The word is not found in the other Gospels, and it clearly means, not the deep waters of the Galilean lake, but the pit, the "bottomless pit" of Revelation 9:1-2; Revelation 9:11. The man, identifying himself with the demons, asks for any doom rather than that.

Verse 31. - And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep. This time the voice and the request apparently proceed from the terrible presence which had made the soul of the unhappy man their temporary habitation. The direful confusion in the state of the poor demoniac is shown by this request. By whom was it made? The bystanders could discern no difference between the possessed and the spirits dwelling in the afflicted human being. So St. Mark, in his relation, puts these words into the demoniac's mouth, "And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country;" apparently here partly conscious of his own personal being, and partly identifying himself with the demoniac forces which were afflicting him. The request is a strange one, and suggests much anxious thought. What is the abyss these rebel-spirits dreaded with so great a dread? It would seem as though, to use Godet's thought, that for beings alienated from God, the power of acting on the world is a temporary solace to their unrest, and that to be deprived of this power is for them just what a return to prison is for the captive. St. Mark's expression here is a curious one. He represents the spirits requesting Jesus "not to send them away out of the country." The two accounts put together tell us that these spirits were aware, if they were driven out of the country - whatever that expression signified, this earth possibly - they must go out into the deep, the abyss, what is called "the bottomless pit" in Revelation 9:1, 2, 11. Any doom seemed to these lost ones preferable to that. The whole train of thought suggested by the incident and the words of the Lord is very terrible. We see at least one reason why the first preachers of the Word have selected this exorcism. It indeed lifts a bit of the curtain which hangs between us and the night of endless woe! And they besought him,.... That is, all the devils, the whole legion of them, entreated Jesus, under whose power, and at whose dispose they were:

that he would not command them to go out into the deep; meaning, not the deep waters of the sea, for thither they ran the swine at their own request; but the bottomless pit of hell, where others of these spirits lay in chains of darkness; and so the Ethiopic version renders it, "into hell": they desired, that when they went out of this man, they might not be ordered thither, or remanded to their former prison; for they knew that if he gave the word of command, they must obey; but that they might be suffered to continue in that country, and range about on earth, or be any where, rather than in hell. 8:22-40 Those that put to sea in a calm, even at Christ's word, must yet prepare for a storm, and for great peril in that storm. There is no relief for souls under a sense of guilt, and fear of wrath, but to go to Christ, and call him Master, and say, I am undone, if thou dost not help me. When our dangers are over, it becomes us to take to ourselves the shame of our own fears, and to give Christ the glory of our deliverance. We may learn much out of this history concerning the world of infernal, malignant spirits, which though not working now exactly in the same way as then, yet all must at all times carefully guard against. And these malignant spirits are very numerous. They have enmity to man and all his comforts. Those under Christ's government are sweetly led with the bands of love; those under the devil's government are furiously driven. Oh what a comfort it is to the believer, that all the powers of darkness are under the control of the Lord Jesus! It is a miracle of mercy, if those whom Satan possesses, are not brought to destruction and eternal ruin. Christ will not stay with those who slight him; perhaps he may no more return to them, while others are waiting for him, and glad to receive him.
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