Mark 5:5
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New International Version
Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.

New Living Translation
Day and night he wandered among the burial caves and in the hills, howling and cutting himself with sharp stones.

English Standard Version
Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones.

New American Standard Bible
Constantly, night and day, he was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and gashing himself with stones.

King James Bible
And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And always, night and day, he was crying out among the tombs and in the mountains and cutting himself with stones.

International Standard Version
He kept screaming night and day among the tombs and on the mountainsides, and kept cutting himself with stones.

NET Bible
Each night and every day among the tombs and in the mountains, he would cry out and cut himself with stones.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And always at night and in the daytime he was among the tombs and in the mountains and was crying out and cutting himself with stones.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Night and day he was among the tombs and on the mountainsides screaming and cutting himself with stones.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and hurting himself with stones.

King James 2000 Bible
And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

American King James Version
And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

American Standard Version
And always, night and day, in the tombs and in the mountains, he was crying out, and cutting himself with stones.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he was always day and night in the monuments and in the mountains, crying and cutting himself with stones.

Darby Bible Translation
And continually night and day, in the tombs and in the mountains, he was crying and cutting himself with stones.

English Revised Version
And always, night and day, in the tombs and in the mountains, he was crying out, and cutting himself with stones.

Webster's Bible Translation
And always, night and day, he was on the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

Weymouth New Testament
And constantly, day and night, he remained among the tombs or on the hills, shrieking, and mangling himself with sharp stones.

World English Bible
Always, night and day, in the tombs and in the mountains, he was crying out, and cutting himself with stones.

Young's Literal Translation
and always, night and day, in the mountains, and in the tombs he was, crying and cutting himself with stones.
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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And always night and day, he was in the mountains,.... And this being in an Heathen country, would have rendered him an unclean person, if he had not been possessed with an unclean spirit; for so runs one of the Jewish canons (s):

"he that walks in an Heathen land, on mountains and rocks, is unclean.''

And in the tombs: which very likely were on the mountains, and cut out of them, it being usual to cut their sepulchres out of rocks:

crying, and cutting himself with stones; with sharp pieces of stone, which he picked up among the broken tombstones, or from off the mountains, where he was night and day; and besides taking up stones with his hands, and cutting himself with them, he might cut his feet with the sharp stones of the mountains, in which he ran about; these mountains were those, that encompassed the sea of Tiberias; for of it is , "that the mountains surround it" (t): for the place where this man was, was near the sea of Tiberias, over which Christ was just now come; and soon as he arrived on shore, he met him, and found him in this condition. This man was a lively emblem of a man in a state of nature and unregeneracy: he had "an unclean spirit", as every natural man has; his soul or spirit is defiled with sin, particularly his mind and conscience: this pollution is natural to him; he brings it into the world with him; it is very universal, it has spread itself over all the powers and faculties of his soul, and is what he cannot cleanse himself from: "who can say I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?" Proverbs 20:9. Nothing that he can do, or can be done for him by a mere creature, can free him from it: nothing but the blood of Christ, and that cleanses from all sin: this man, through the possession of Satan, was a madman, and exceeding fierce and furious: there is a spirit of madness in all unregenerate men; they are exceeding mad against God, and Christ, and the saints, as Saul was before conversion, Acts 26:9. For who but madmen would stretch out their hands against God, strengthen themselves against the Almighty, run upon him, even on his neck, and upon the thick bosses of his bucklers? Job 15:25. Who but such would oppose themselves to the Son of God, or do despight to the Spirit of grace, who are equal in power and glory with God the Father? or kick against the pricks, by persecuting the members of Christ? Who but men out of their senses, would seek to ruin and destroy themselves, both soul and body? This man was altogether under the power and influence of Satan, and had a legion of devils within him. Satan is in every unconverted man, in every child of disobedience; and works effectually in him, and leads him captive at his will: and he has besides a swarm of fleshly lusts in him, which have the government over him. This man had his dwelling among the tombs, where the dead lay: so unregenerate men dwell among dead sinners, they have their conversation among the men of the world, who are dead in trespasses and sins, and according to the course of it: and as this man could not be bound with chains and fetters, but these were broke asunder by him; so wicked men are not to be bound, restrained, and governed, by the laws, commands, and ordinances of God; they despise them, break through them, and cannot be subject to them, their language is, "let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us", Psalm 2:3. And as no man could tame this man, so it is not in the power of men, by the force of moral persuasion, by all the arguments, expostulations, exhortations, promises, or threatenings, they can make use of, to influence the carnal minds of men, or make any real change in them: or bring them into a subjection to the law of God, or Gospel of Christ, and remove from them the spirit of madness, and opposition to all that is good: and to say no more; as this man was mischievous to himself, and cut himself with stones, so carnal men are the worst enemies to themselves; they cut and wound themselves with their sins, though, like the madman, they are not sensible of it; and if grace prevent not, will destroy themselves, both soul and body, with their transgressions.

(s) Misn Oholot, c. 19. sect. 6. (t) T. Hieros. Erubin, fol. 25. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones—Terrible as he was to others, he himself endured untold misery, which sought relief in tears and self-inflicted torture.

Mark 5:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Demons Cast into Pigs
4because he had often been bound with shackles and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him and the shackles broken in pieces, and no one was strong enough to subdue him. 5Constantly, night and day, he was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and gashing himself with stones. 6Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him;…
Cross References
Mark 5:4
For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him.

Mark 5:6
When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him.
Treasury of Scripture

And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

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