Mark 5:9
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New International Version
Then Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "My name is Legion," he replied, "for we are many."

New Living Translation
Then Jesus demanded, "What is your name?" And he replied, "My name is Legion, because there are many of us inside this man."

English Standard Version
And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.”

New American Standard Bible
And He was asking him, "What is your name?" And he said to Him, "My name is Legion; for we are many."

King James Bible
And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"What is your name?" He asked him." My name is Legion," he answered Him, "because we are many."

International Standard Version
Then Jesus asked him, "What's your name?" He told him, "My name is Legion, because there are many of us."

NET Bible
Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" And he said, "My name is Legion, for we are many."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he had asked him, “What is your name?” He said to him, “Our name is Legion, for we are many.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He told Jesus, "My name is Legion [Six Thousand], because there are many of us."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion, for we are many.

King James 2000 Bible
And he asked him, What is your name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

American King James Version
And he asked him, What is your name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

American Standard Version
And he asked him, What is thy name? And he saith unto him, My name is Legion; for we are many.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he asked him: What is thy name? And he saith to him: My name is Legion, for we are many.

Darby Bible Translation
And he asked him, What is thy name? And he says to him, Legion is my name, because we are many.

English Revised Version
And he asked him, What is thy name? And he saith unto him, My name is Legion; for we are many.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

Weymouth New Testament
Jesus also questioned him. "What is your name?" He said. "Legion," he replied, "for there are a host of us."

World English Bible
He asked him, "What is your name?" He said to him, "My name is Legion, for we are many."

Young's Literal Translation
and he was questioning him, 'What is thy name?' and he answered, saying, 'Legion is my name, because we are many;'
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 he asked him, what is thy name?.... Which question Christ put, not for his own sake; for he was not ignorant of his name, nor of the number of the unclean spirits which were in the man; but partly, that it might be known what a miserable condition this poor man was in, being infested, and vexed with such a large company of devils; and partly, that his own pity and power in delivering him, might be more manifest;

and he answered, saying, my name is Legion: the Syriac version renders it, "our name is Legion"; the reason of which name is given,

for we are many: as a Roman legion did consist of many, though its number was not always alike: in the time of Romulus, a legion consisted of three thousand foot, and three hundred horse; afterwards, when the city was, increased, of six thousand foot, and six hundred horse; sometimes it was six thousand and two hundred foot, and three hundred horse; sometimes four thousand foot, and three hundred horse; sometimes five thousand foot, and three hundred horse (x). Some make a legion to consist of six thousand six hundred sixty six; and others make it much larger, even twelve thousand five hundred: however, the number in a legion was many; hence the word is retained among the Jews, and is used for a large number, either of persons or things; as, , "a legion of olives" (y): that is, a large number of them; though sometimes it is used of a single person, who has others under him, as the general of an army: thus it is said (z) that one man should say to another,

"from whence art thou? he replies, from such a "legion" am I;--the man went to the legion--the legion heard, and was afraid--the man said, woe unto me! now will the legion slay me--the legion heard, &c.''

And again (a),

"a certain legion asked R. Abba, is it not written, &c.''

Once more (b),

"Lo! such a legion shall go with thee, to keep thee, &c.''

Upon which the gloss is, , "the general of an army"; so called, because he had a legion, or a large number of soldiers under his command: and just so this unclean spirit is called by this name, because he had a great many more with him, and under him, in that man; sometimes it is only used of a single person himself, as of a king's servant sent into a foreign country, to collect his (c) tax: a legion was reckoned by the Jews unclean and defiled, whatsoever place they entered into (d); how much more unclean must this man be, that had a legion of unclean spirits in him! From hence it appears, that the devils are very numerous; for if there was a legion of them in one man, how many must there be in all the children of disobedience, to maintain their ground, and support their interest among them? As there is an innumerable company of holy angels to encamp about the saints, and do them all the service they can, and axe appointed to; so there is undoubtedly an innumerable company of devils, who do all the hurt they can, or are permitted to do, unto the sons of men: hence they are expressed by words, which signify number as well as power; as principalities and powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness in high places, the power or posse of the air, the angels of Satan, the angels that sinned and left their habitations, &c. As also that they are in a body, and in the form of an army; with a general at the head of them, the prince of devils, and king of the bottomless pit: there are whole squadrons and regiments of them, yea, even legions; which are formed in battle array, and make war against Christ, the seed of the woman; as they did when he was in the garden, and hung upon the cross, which was the hour and power of darkness; and against his members; as they did in Rome pagan against the Christian church, and in Rome papal, against the same, Revelation 12:7, and what a mercy it is for the saints, that besides twelve legions of good angels and more, which are ready to assist and protect them, they have God on their side, and therefore it signifies not who is against them; and they have Christ with them, who has spoiled principalities and powers; and greater is the Holy Spirit that is in them, than he that is in the world.

(x) Alexander ab Alex. Genial. Dier. l. 1. c. 5. Liv. Hist. l. 8. c. 8. (y) Bereshit Rabba, sect. 20. fol. 17. 4. (z) Zohar in Gen. fol. 96. 4. & Ivare Binah in ib. (a) Ib. in Exod. fol. 50. 2.((b) Zohar in Exod. fol. 51. 4. (c) Vajikra Rabba, sect. 30. fol. 170. 4. & Mattanot Cehuna in ib. (d) T. Bab. Cholin, fol. 123. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. And he asked him, What is thy name?—The object of this question was to extort an acknowledgment of the virulence of demoniacal power by which this victim was enthralled.

And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many—or, as in Luke (Lu 8:30) "because many devils [demons] were entered into him." A legion, in the Roman army, amounted, at its full complement, to six thousand; but here the word is used, as such words with us, and even this one, for an indefinitely large number—large enough however to rush, as soon as permission was given, into two thousand swine and destroy them.

Mark 5:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Demons Cast into Pigs
8For He had been saying to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!" 9And He was asking him, "What is your name?" And he said to Him, "My name is Legion; for we are many." 10And he began to implore Him earnestly not to send them out of the country.…
Cross References
Matthew 12:45
Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation."

Matthew 26:53
Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?

Mark 5:8
For Jesus had said to him, "Come out of this man, you impure spirit!"

Mark 5:10
And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.

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.

Luke 8:30
Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "Legion," he replied, because many demons had gone into him.
Treasury of Scripture

And he asked him, What is your name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

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Luke 8:30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is your name? And he said, Legion: …

Luke 11:21-26 When a strong man armed keeps his palace, his goods are in peace…

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Matthew 26:53 Think you that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently …

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