Luke 8:32
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New International Version
A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission.

New Living Translation
There happened to be a large herd of pigs feeding on the hillside nearby, and the demons begged him to let them enter into the pigs. So Jesus gave them permission.

English Standard Version
Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them permission.

Berean Study Bible
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.

Berean Literal Bible
And there was a herd of many pigs feeding there in the mountain, and they begged Him that He would allow them to enter into them; and He allowed them.

New American Standard Bible
Now there was a herd of many swine feeding there on the mountain; and the demons implored Him to permit them to enter the swine. And He gave them permission.

King James Bible
And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A large herd of pigs was there, feeding on the hillside. The demons begged Him to permit them to enter the pigs, and He gave them permission.

International Standard Version
Now a large herd of pigs was grazing there on the hillside. So the demons begged Jesus to let them go into those pigs, and he consented to that.

NET Bible
Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and the demonic spirits begged Jesus to let them go into them. He gave them permission.

New Heart English Bible
Now there was there a herd of many pigs feeding on the mountain, and they begged him that he would allow them to enter into those. He allowed them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Now a herd of many swine was there grazing on the mountain, and they were begging him to permit them to enter the swine, and he permitted them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A large herd of pigs was feeding on a mountainside. The demons begged Jesus to let them enter those pigs. So he let them do this.

New American Standard 1977
Now there was a herd of many swine feeding there on the mountain; and the demons entreated Him to permit them to enter the swine. And He gave them permission.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And there was there a herd of many swine feeding on the mountain, and they besought him that he would allow them to enter into them. And he allowed them.

King James 2000 Bible
And there was there a herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would allow them to enter into them. And he allowed them.

American King James Version
And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they sought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them.

American Standard Version
Now there was there a herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they entreated him that he would give them leave to enter into them. And he gave them leave.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there was there a herd of many swine feeding on the mountain; and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them.

Darby Bible Translation
And there was there a herd of many swine feeding on the mountain, and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into those; and he suffered them.

English Revised Version
Now there was there a herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they entreated him that he would give them leave to enter into them. And he gave them leave.

Webster's Bible Translation
And there was there a herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them.

Weymouth New Testament
Now there was a great herd of swine there feeding on the hill-side; and the demons begged Him to give them leave to go into them, and He gave them leave.

World English Bible
Now there was there a herd of many pigs feeding on the mountain, and they begged him that he would allow them to enter into those. He allowed them.

Young's Literal Translation
and there was there a herd of many swine feeding in the mountain, and they were calling on him, that he might suffer them to enter into these, and he suffered them,
Study Bible
The Demons and the Pigs
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. 33Then the demons came out of the man and went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.…
Cross References
Matthew 7:6
Do not give dogs what is holy; do not throw your pearls before swine. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

Luke 8:31
And the demons kept begging Jesus not to order them to go into the abyss.

Luke 8:33
Then the demons came out of the man and went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
Treasury of Scripture

And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they sought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them.

there an.

Leviticus 11:7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be cloven footed, yet …

Isaiah 65:4 Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which …

Isaiah 66:3 He that kills an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrifices a …

Matthew 8:30-33 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding…

Mark 5:11-13 Now there was there near to the mountains a great herd of swine feeding…

besought.

Job 1:10 Have not you made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about …

Psalm 62:11 God has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongs to God.

John 19:11 Jesus answered, You could have no power at all against me, except …

1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because …

he suffered.

1 Kings 22:22 And the LORD said to him, With which? And he said, I will go forth, …

Job 1:12 And the LORD said to Satan, Behold, all that he has is in your power; …

Job 2:6 And the LORD said to Satan, Behold, he is in your hand; but save his life.

Revelation 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out …

Verse 32. - And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them. For what end was this request? Was it simply the way they chose to enter the abyss by? We know that the lives of the creatures, after the permission was given, lasted but a few minutes at most. Was it a desire to do more mischief during their brief sojourn on earth? Theophylact (eighth century) suggests that the purpose of the evil spirits, in their request, was to injure Jesus in that part of the country by arousing fears among the covetous inhabitants lest they too might lose, in a similar way, their herds. But to the writer of this note it seems best to confess that no satisfactory answer can ever be given here. We know so little of these dread spirits of evil. The reason of the Lord's permission is more obvious. Some such visible proof as the sight of the evil and unclean forces that had mastered him so long, transferred to the bodies of other creatures and working their wild will upon them, was probably a necessary element in his perfect cure. It is likely also that Jesus wished to show his indignation at the flagrant disregard of the Mosaic Law, at the open disobedience to the Divine injunctions respecting swine, which was shown by the presence of so vast a herd of these animals pronounced unclean by the Mosaic Law under which these people were professedly living (St. Mark gives the number as two thousand). In this district the large majority of the inhabitants were Jews. The keeping or the rearing of swine was strictly forbidden by the Jewish canon law. Other Oriental peoples also held these animals as unclean. Herodotus (it. 47) tells us that in Egypt there was a special class of swineherds, who alone among the inhabitants of the country were forbidden to enter a temple. This degraded caste were only allowed to marry among themselves. The eating of swine's flesh is referred to by Isaiah (Isaiah 65:3, 4)as among the acts of the people which continually provoked the Lord to anger. And there was there an herd of many swine,.... About two thousand, Mark 5:13,

Feeding on the mountain; See Gill on Mark 5:11.

And they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them; which they could not do, without his leave:

and he suffered them: See Gill on Mark 5:12, Mark 5:13 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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