Mark 5:12
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New International Version
The demons begged Jesus, "Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them."

New Living Translation
"Send us into those pigs," the spirits begged. "Let us enter them."

English Standard Version
and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.”

New American Standard Bible
The demons implored Him, saying, "Send us into the swine so that we may enter them."

King James Bible
And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The demons begged Him, "Send us to the pigs, so we may enter them."

International Standard Version
So the demons begged him, "Send us among the pigs, so that we can go into them!"

NET Bible
And the demonic spirits begged him, "Send us into the pigs. Let us enter them."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And those evil spirits were begging of him and they were saying, “Send us unto those swine that we may enter them.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The demons begged him, "Send us into the pigs! Let us enter them!"

Jubilee Bible 2000
and all those devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

King James 2000 Bible
And all the demons begged him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

American King James Version
And all the devils sought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

American Standard Version
And they besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the spirits besought him, saying: Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

Darby Bible Translation
and they besought him, saying, Send us into the swine that we may enter into them.

English Revised Version
And they besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And all the demons besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

Weymouth New Testament
So they besought Jesus. "Send us to the swine," they said, "so that we may enter into them."

World English Bible
All the demons begged him, saying, "Send us into the pigs, that we may enter into them."

Young's Literal Translation
and all the demons did call upon him, saying, 'Send us to the swine, that into them we may enter;'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:1-20 Some openly wilful sinners are like this madman. The commands of the law are as chains and fetters, to restrain sinners from their wicked courses; but they break those bands in sunder; and it is an evidence of the power of the devil in them. A legion of soldiers consisted of six thousand men, or more. What multitudes of fallen spirits there must be, and all enemies to God and man, when here was a legion in one poor wretched creature! Many there are that rise up against us. We are not a match for our spiritual enemies, in our own strength; but in the Lord, and in the power of his might, we shall be able to stand against them, though there are legions of them. When the vilest transgressor is delivered by the power of Jesus from the bondage of Satan, he will gladly sit at the feet of his Deliverer, and hear his word, who delivers the wretched slaves of Satan, and numbers them among his saints and servants. When the people found that their swine were lost, they had a dislike to Christ. Long-suffering and mercy may be seen, even in the corrections by which men lose their property while their lives are saved, and warning given them to seek the salvation of their souls. The man joyfully proclaimed what great things Jesus had done for him. All men marvelled, but few followed him. Many who cannot but wonder at the works of Christ, yet do not, as they ought, wonder after him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And he gave them leave. They could not enter even into the swine without Christ's permission; how much less into "the sheep of his pasture"!

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And all the devils besought him,.... The whole legion of them, not only their chief, in the name of the rest, but all of them earnestly entreated him; they were all humble supplicants, not from love, but fear, and with a view to do mischief: though the word "all" is omitted in some copies, as it is in the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Persic versions; neither has the Ethiopic the word devils, but both are retained in the Arabic version:

saying, send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. The Persic version renders it, "seeing thou drivest us from the man, give leave that we may enter into the swine": which is rather a paraphrase than a version, and expresses the sense very well. They chose to be any where, rather than depart the country; and especially than to be sent into the deep, the abyss, or bottomless pit; and they chose to be sent into the swine, as being impure creatures like themselves; and no doubt with a view to destroy them, that they might satisfy themselves as much as they could with doing mischief; though not to that degree they would, nor to those persons they were desirous of; and so bring as much odium and reproach upon Christ as they could, who gave them leave. The devils are unwearied in doing mischief, they cannot rest unless they are about it; and they choose to be concerned in doing it in a lesser way, if they are not allowed to do it as largely as they would; if they are not suffered to touch the lives of men, or ruin their souls, it, is some satisfaction to them to be suffered to hurt their bodies; and if that is no longer permitted, rather than be doing nothing, they are desirous of doing injury to irrational creatures, the property of men; all which shows the malice and wickedness of these evil spirits: See Gill on Matthew 8:31.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. And all the devils besought him, saying—"if thou cast us out" (Mt 8:31).

Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them—Had they spoken out all their mind, perhaps this would have been it: "If we must quit our hold of this man, suffer us to continue our work of mischief in another form, that by entering these swine, and thus destroying the people's property, we may steel their hearts against Thee!"

Mark 5:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Demons Cast into Pigs
11Now there was a large herd of swine feeding nearby on the mountain. 12The demons implored Him, saying, "Send us into the swine so that we may enter them." 13Jesus gave them permission. And coming out, the unclean spirits entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand of them; and they were drowned in the sea.…
Cross References
Matthew 4:24
News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.

Matthew 7:6
"Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Mark 5:11
A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside.

Mark 5:13
He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.
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