Mark 5:18
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New International Version
As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him.

New Living Translation
As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon possessed begged to go with him.

English Standard Version
As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him.

New American Standard Bible
As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany Him.

King James Bible
And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed kept begging Him to be with Him.

International Standard Version
As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed kept begging him to let him go with him.

NET Bible
As he was getting into the boat the man who had been demon-possessed asked if he could go with him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And after he embarked the ship, he whom the evil spirits had possessed was requesting of him that he might remain with him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As Jesus stepped into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged him, "Let me stay with you."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And as he was entering into the ship, he that had been troubled by the demon besought him that he might be with him.

King James 2000 Bible
And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the demon asked him that he might be with him.

American King James Version
And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.

American Standard Version
And as he was entering into the boat, he that had been possessed with demons besought him that he might be with him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he went up into the ship, he that had been troubled with the devil, began to beseech him that he might be with him.

Darby Bible Translation
And as he went on board ship, the man that had been possessed by demons besought him that he might be with him.

English Revised Version
And as he was entering into the boat, he that had been possessed with devils besought him that he might be with him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when he had come into the boat, he that had been possessed with the demon prayed him that he might be with him.

Weymouth New Testament
As He was embarking, the man who had been possessed asked permission to accompany Him.

World English Bible
As he was entering into the boat, he who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him.

Young's Literal Translation
And he having gone into the boat, the demoniac was calling on him that he may be with him,
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

Verses 18-20. - And as he was entering into the boat, he that had been possessed with devils besought him that he might he with him. It was natural that he should desire this. It would be grateful and soothing to him to be near to Christ, from whom he had received so great a benefit and yet hoped for more. And he suffered him not, but saith unto him; Go to thy house unto thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee. Our Lord here takes a different course from what lie so often took. He saw, no doubt, that this restored demoniac was fitted for missionary work; and there was no reason to apprehend any inconvenience to himself in consequence from a people who wished to get rid of him. And he went his way, and began to publish in Decapolis - in Decapolis, i.e. through the whole district of the ten cities - how great things Jesus had done for him. This would bring him into contact alike with Gentiles and with Jews; and so this dispossessed demoniac became a missionary to both Jew and Gentile. Here he planted the standard of the cross.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And When he was come into the ship,.... For at the request of these men, who were unworthy of his presence, and of any favour from him, either by his doctrine, or miracles, he turned back to the sea side again; and as he was about to take ship,

he that had been possessed with the devil, prayed him that he might be with him: for when Jesus turned his back upon the Gadarenes, and returned to the sea shore, this poor man, who had received so great a benefit by him, rose up and followed him; and when he perceived that he was entering on ship board, in order to go over into another country, earnestly entreated he might go over with him in the ship, and continue with him: which he did, partly to testify his great love to him, and the grateful sense he had of the mercy he had received from him; and partly, that be might enjoy his presence, and have his protection: for he might fear, that when he was gone, and should he remain in that country, the devils would repossess him with greater rage and fury. So gracious souls who know Christ, and have received out of his fulness, and grace for grace, earnestly desire to be with him, to enjoy communion with him, receive instruction from him, and be always under his care, influence, and protection. For to be with Christ, is to have his gracious presence; to have nearness to him, and fellowship with him; to have familiarity and acquaintance with him, yet more and more; to be guided with his counsel, and upheld with the right hand of his righteousness: than which, nothing can be more desirable to those that spiritually and savingly know him: for such desires arise from the knowledge they have of his personal glories and excellencies, as the Son of God; and as mediator? he has all power to protect them, all strength to support them, all grace to supply them, all wisdom to direct them, all provisions to feed them, and all blessings of grace and glory to bestow upon them; and from the gracious experience they have had of his favour and lovingkindness, which is better than life; and from the sense they have of their need of him; for without him they can do nothing; they cannot perform any duty aright, nor withstand any temptation, or bear up under any affliction: they are sensible of the blessed effects of his presence; they know it brings light to their souls in darkness; that it quickens them when dead and lifeless in their frames and duties, and enlivens their spirits when dull and heavy; that it comforts and rejoices their hearts, and puts more joy and gladness into them, than any outward blessing whatever; that it removes their fears, and emboldens, them against their enemies, and is their safety and defence; that it makes ordinances pleasant and delightful, and gives contentment in the meanest state; there is nothing enjoyed by them in this life which gives them the pleasure and satisfaction that does: and hence it is that they often desire even to depart out of this world, that they may be with Christ, which is far better; and indeed, if the presence of Christ is so sweet and desirable now, what will the, everlasting, and uninterrupted enjoyment of his presence be in the world to come? for in his presence is fulness of joy, and at his right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him—the grateful heart, fresh from the hand of demons, clinging to its wondrous Benefactor. How exquisitely natural!

Mark 5:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Demons Cast into Pigs
17And they began to implore Him to leave their region. 18As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany Him. 19And He did not let him, but He said to him, "Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you."…
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.

Mark 5:15
When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.

Mark 5:16
Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man--and told about the pigs as well.

Luke 8:38
The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying,

Luke 8:39
"Return home and tell how much God has done for you." So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.
Treasury of Scripture

And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.

prayed.

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Psalm 116:12 What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits toward me?

Luke 8:38,39 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed sought him that …

Luke 17:15-17 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and …

Luke 23:42,43 And he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom…

Philippians 1:23,24 For I am in a strait between two, having a desire to depart, and …

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