Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Down a steep place.—Better, down the cliff.Matthew 8:23-34 notes, and Mark 5:1-20 notes.
(See on Mt 8:28-34; and Mr 5:1-20).See Poole on "Luke 8:26"
and entered into the swine; possessed them:
and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake; that is of Gennesaret; or the sea, as the Syriac and Persic versions read; that is, the sea of Galilee, the same with the former:Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)33. down a steep place] Rather, down the precipice. Near Kherza is the only spot on the entire lake where a steep slope sweeps down to within a few yards of the sea, into which the herd would certainly have plunged if hurried by any violent impulse down the hill. If it be asked whether this was not a destruction of property, the answer is that the antedating of the death of a herd of unclean animals was nothing compared with the deliverance of a human soul. Our Lord would therefore have had a moral right to act thus even if he had been a mere human Prophet. Besides, to put it on the lowest ground, the freeing of the neighbourhood from the peril and terror of this wild maniac was a greater benefit to the whole city than the loss of this herd. Jesus did not command the spirits to go into the swine; if He permitted any thing which resulted in their destruction it was to serve higher and more precious ends. “God the Word,” says Lord Bacon, “wished to do nothing which breathed not of grace and beneficence;” and after mentioning the stern miracles of Moses, Elijah, Elisha, St Peter and St Paul, he adds, “but Jesus did nothing of this kind...the spirit of Jesus is the spirit of the Dove. He wrought no miracle of judgment, all of beneficence.” Meditt. Sacr. on Mark 12:37. The miracles of Christ were all redemptive acts and spiritual lessons.Verse 33. - And the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked. Some exception has been taken at our Lord's action here in connection with the swine, but it has been well said "that the antedating of the death of a herd of unclean animals was as nothing compared with the deliverance of a human soul." But it seems better to see, in the permitted destruction of the herd, the Lord's grave rebuke to the open disregarders of the holy ritual law of Israel, for the sake of selfish lucre.
Rev., more neatly, rushed. Only Mark gives the number of the swine, two thousand.
A steep place
See on Matthew 8:32.
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