Matthew 8:31
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New International Version
The demons begged Jesus, "If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs."

New Living Translation
So the demons begged, "If you cast us out, send us into that herd of pigs."

English Standard Version
And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.”

New American Standard Bible
The demons began to entreat Him, saying, "If You are going to cast us out, send us into the herd of swine."

King James Bible
So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If You drive us out," the demons begged Him, "send us into the herd of pigs."

International Standard Version
So the demons began to plead with Jesus, saying, "If you drive us out, send us into that herd of pigs."

NET Bible
Then the demons begged him, "If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But those demons were begging him and saying, “If you cast us out, allow us to go into the herd of pigs.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The demons begged Jesus, "If you're going to force us out, send us into that herd of pigs."

Jubilee Bible 2000
So the demons besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.

King James 2000 Bible
So the demons besought him, saying, If you cast us out, allow us to go away into the herd of swine.

American King James Version
So the devils sought him, saying, If you cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.

American Standard Version
And the demons besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the devils besought him, saying: If thou cast us out hence, send us into the herd of swine.

Darby Bible Translation
and the demons besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine.

English Revised Version
And the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine.

Webster's Bible Translation
So the demons besought him, saying, If thou expellest us, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.

Weymouth New Testament
So the demons entreated Him. "If Thou drivest us out," they said, "send us into the herd of swine."

World English Bible
The demons begged him, saying, "If you cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of pigs."

Young's Literal Translation
and the demons were calling on him, saying, 'If thou dost cast us forth, permit us to go away to the herd of the swine;'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:28-34 The devils have nothing to do with Christ as a Saviour; they neither have, nor hope for any benefit from him. Oh the depth of this mystery of Divine love; that fallen man has so much to do with Christ, when fallen angels have nothing to do with him! Heb 2:16. Surely here was torment, to be forced to own the excellence that is in Christ, and yet they had no part in him. The devils desire not to have any thing to do with Christ as a Ruler. See whose language those speak, who will have nothing to do with the gospel of Christ. But it is not true that the devils have nothing to do with Christ as a Judge; for they have, and they know it, and thus it is with all the children of men. Satan and his instruments can go no further than he permits; they must quit possession when he commands. They cannot break his hedge of protection about his people; they cannot enter even a swine without his leave. They had leave. God often, for wise and holy ends, permits the efforts of Satan's rage. Thus the devil hurries people to sin; hurries them to what they have resolved against, which they know will be shame and grief to them: miserable is the condition of those who are led captive by him at his will. There are a great many who prefer their swine before the Saviour, and so come short of Christ and salvation by him. They desire Christ to depart out of their hearts, and will not suffer his word to have place in them, because he and his word would destroy their brutish lusts, those swine which they give themselves up to feed. And justly will Christ forsake all that are weary of him; and say hereafter, Depart, ye cursed, to those who now say to the Almighty, Depart from us.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

So the devils besought him, saying,.... All the devils, the whole legion of them, who perceiving that they must be obliged to go out of these men, and after they had earnestly entreated they might not be sent out of the country where they had long been, and had made themselves masters of the tempers, dispositions, and circumstances of the inhabitants, and so capable of doing the more mischief, begged hard,

if thou cast us out of these men, or "from hence", as the Vulgate Latin, the Ethiopic, and Munster's Hebrew Gospel read, or "out of our place", as the Persic; since we must depart, and cannot be allowed to enter into other men,

suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. This request shows the weakness of the infernal spirits, they are not able to do anything without leave, and the superior power of Christ over them, and their acknowledgment of it; as well as the wretched malignity of their nature, who must be doing mischief, if not to the bodies and souls of men, yet to their property and goods; and if they cannot vent their malice on rational creatures, are desirous of doing it on irrational ones. Many reasons have been thought of, why the devils should desire to go into the herd of swine; as because of the filthiness of these creatures, these impure spirits delighting in what is impure; or out of pure hatred to the inhabitants of this country, who, because they could no longer hurt their persons, would destroy their goods; or that by so doing, they might set the people against Christ, and so prevent his usefulness among them; which last seems to be the truest reason, and which end was answered.



Matthew 8:31 Additional Commentaries
Context
Demons Cast into Pigs
30Now there was a herd of many swine feeding at a distance from them. 31The demons began to entreat Him, saying, "If You are going to cast us out, send us into the herd of swine." 32And He said to them, "Go!" And they came out and went into the swine, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the waters.…
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.

Matthew 8:30
Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding.

Matthew 8:32
He said to them, "Go!" So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water.
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