Mark 5:2
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New International Version
When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him.

New Living Translation
When Jesus climbed out of the boat, a man possessed by an evil spirit came out from a cemetery to meet him.

English Standard Version
And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit.

Berean Study Bible
As soon as Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an unclean spirit came from the tombs and met Him.

Berean Literal Bible
And of Him having gone forth out of the boat, immediately out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit met Him,

New American Standard Bible
When He got out of the boat, immediately a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit met Him,

King James Bible
And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As soon as He got out of the boat, a man with an unclean spirit came out of the tombs and met Him.

International Standard Version
Just as Jesus stepped out of the boat, a man with an unclean spirit came out of the tombs and met him.

NET Bible
Just as Jesus was getting out of the boat, a man with an unclean spirit came from the tombs and met him.

New Heart English Bible
And when he had come out of the boat, immediately a man with an unclean spirit met him out of the tombs.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when he went out from the ship, a man met him from among the tombs that had a foul spirit in him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As Jesus stepped out of the boat, a man came out of the tombs and met him. The man was controlled by an evil spirit

New American Standard 1977
And when He had come out of the boat, immediately a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit met Him,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him a man of the tombs, with an unclean spirit,

King James 2000 Bible
And when he came out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

American King James Version
And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

American Standard Version
And when he was come out of the boat, straightway there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And as he went out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the monuments a man with an unclean spirit,

Darby Bible Translation
And immediately on his going out of the ship there met him out of the tombs a man possessed by an unclean spirit,

English Revised Version
And when he was come out of the boat, straightway there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

Webster's Bible Translation
And when he had come out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

Weymouth New Testament
At once, on His landing, there came from the tombs to meet Him a man possessed by a foul spirit.

World English Bible
When he had come out of the boat, immediately a man with an unclean spirit met him out of the tombs.

Young's Literal Translation
and he having come forth out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
Study Bible
The Demons and the Pigs
1On the other side of the sea, they arrived in the region of the Gerasenes. 2As soon as Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an unclean spirit came from the tombs and met Him. 3He had been living in the tombs and could no longer be restrained, even with chains.…
Cross References
Mark 1:23
Suddenly a man with an unclean spirit cried out in the synagogue:

Mark 3:9
Jesus asked His disciples to have a boat ready for Him so that the crowd would not crush Him.

Mark 4:1
Once again, Jesus began to teach beside the sea, and such a large crowd gathered around Him that He got into a boat and sat in it. All the people crowded along the shore,

Mark 4:36
After they had dismissed the crowd, they took Jesus with them, since He was already in the boat. And there were other boats with Him.

Mark 5:3
He had been living in the tombs and could no longer be restrained, even with chains.

Mark 5:21
When Jesus had again crossed by boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around Him beside the sea.
Treasury of Scripture

And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

out.

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

Luke 8:27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain …

a man. Matthew gives a brief account of two demoniacs who were dispossessed on this occasion; but Mark and Luke omit the mention of one (who was perhaps not so remarkable). That these wretched men were not merely mad, as some suppose, but really possessed of evil spirits, appears clearly from the language employed, as well as from the narrative itself. Matthew expressly affirms that they were 'possessed with devils,' or demoniacs, [daimonizomai ;] Mark says he had 'an unclean spirit,' i.e., a fallen spirit; and Luke asserts, that he 'had devils (or demons) a long time,' and was called Legion, 'because many devils were entered into him.' With supernatural strength the demons burst asunder the chains and fetters with which he was bound; they address Christ as the 'Son of the most high God;' they beseech him to suffer them to enter into the swine; and when he had given them leave, they 'went out and entered into the swine,' etc.

with.

Mark 5:8 For he said to him, Come out of the man, you unclean spirit.

Mark 1:23,26 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and …

Mark 3:30 Because they said, He has an unclean spirit.

Mark 7:25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, …

Luke 9:42 And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. …

(2) A man with an unclean spirit.--The phrase. though not peculiar to St. Mark, is often used by him where the other Gospels have "possessed with demons, or devils." St. Mark and St. Luke, it will be noticed, speak of one only; St. Matthew of two.

Verses 2-5. - There met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. St. Matthew says that there were two. St. Luke, like St. Mark, mentions only one, and him "possessed with devils," The one mentioned by St. Mark was no doubt the more prominent and fierce of the two. This does not mean merely a person with a disordered intellect. No doubt, in this case, as in that of insanity, physical causes may have helped to lay the victim open to such an incursion; and this may account for cases of possession being enumerated with various sicknesses, though distinguished from them. But our Lord evidently deals with these persons, not as persons suffering from insanity, but as the subjects of an alien spiritual power, external to themselves. He addresses the unclean spirit through the man that was possessed, and says," Come forth thou unclean spirit" (Ver. 8). There met him out of the tombs. The Jews did not have their burial-places in their cities, lest they should be defiled; therefore they buried their dead without the gates in the fields or mountains. Their sepulchres were frequently hewn out of the rock in the sides of the limestone hills, and they were lofty and capacious; so that the living could enter them, as into a vault. So this demoniac dwelt in the tombs, because the unclean spirit drove him thither, where the associations of the place would accord with his malady and aggravate its symptoms. St. Matthew, speaking of the two, says that they were "exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass that way." The demoniac particularly mentioned by St. Mark is described as having been possessed of that extraordinary muscular strength which maniacs so often put forth; so that all efforts to bind and restrain him had proved ineffectual. No man could any more bind him, no, not with a chain (οὐδὲ ἁλύσειύ). Chains and fetters had often been tried, but in vain. Frequently too, in the paroxysms of his malady, he would turn his violence against himself, crying out, and cutting himself with stones. And when he was come out of the ship,.... As soon as he was landed,

immediately there met him out of the tombs, a man with an unclean spirit. The Jews have a notion, that a man by dwelling among the tombs, becomes possessed with an unclean spirit: hence they say of one that seeks to the dead, or a necromancer (o), this is he that starves himself, and goes "and lodges in the tombs"; , "that so an unclean spirit may dwell upon him": which notion may arise from unclean spirits hurrying persons possessed by them, unto such places; partly for the terror, both of themselves and others; and partly to possess the minds of men with a persuasion, that they have power over the dead, and which is very great in such places. This case is the same with that, which is mentioned in Matthew 8:28 as appears partly from its following the storm, from which the disciples had a remarkable deliverance; and partly from the country, in which this affair happened; for the country of the Gergesenes, and of the Gadarenes, is the same, as has been observed; only it is called by different names, from two principal places in it: as also from various circumstances in this relation; as the character of the possessed being exceeding fierce, dwelling among the tombs, and coming out from thence; the expostulation of the devil with Christ, and adjuration not to torment him; his entreaty to go into the herd of swine, and the leave he had; the destruction of the swine in the sea; the fear and flight of the swine herds; the report they made to their masters and others; and the request of the people in general to Christ, that he would depart out of their coasts. And though Matthew makes mention of two that were possessed, and Mark but of one, there is no contradiction in the one to the other; for Mark does not say there were no more than one; had he, it would have been a glaring contradiction to the other evangelist; but as he has put it, there is none, and it creates no difficulty: wherefore the Jew (p) has no reason to object this as he does, as if the evangelists clashed with one another; and Mark may only take notice of this one, because he was the fiercest of the two, and had the most devils in him, having a legion of them; and because the conversation chiefly passed between Christ and him; and because the power of Christ was more manifestly seen in the dispossession of the devils out of him.

(o) T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 65. 2. Nidda, fol. 17. 1. & Chagiga, fol. 3. 2. (p) Jacob Aben Amram, porta veritatia, No. 1028. apud Kidder's Demonstr. of the Messiah, par. 3. p. 51. 2. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately—(see Mr 5:6).

there met him a man with an unclean spirit—"which had devils [demons] long time" (Lu 8:27). In Matthew (Mt 8:28), "there met him two men possessed with devils." Though there be no discrepancy between these two statements—more than between two witnesses, one of whom testifies to something done by one person, while the other affirms that there were two—it is difficult to see how the principal details here given could apply to more than one case.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.
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