When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)In the country.—Better, in the farms. The noun is in the plural, and is so rendered in Matthew 22:5.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"
they fled; as persons affrighted, at these uncommon and surprising events, and as afraid to see their owners:
and went and told it in the city; that is, of Gadara, or some other city near at hand; the Syriac and Ethiopic versions read, "in the cities"; in all the cities round about, in that country:When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Luke 8:34-39. The sequel. Lk. tells the second part of the story very much as it is given in Mk., with slight stylistic variations. In Luke 8:36 he substitutes the expression πῶς ἐσώθη ὁ δαιμονισθείς, how the demoniac was saved, for Mk.’s “how it happened to the demoniac, and concerning the swine,” suggesting the idea that the destruction of the swine was a part of the cure. They had to be drowned that he might be restored to sanity.34. what was done] Rather, what had happened.Verse 34. - When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country. The men who kept the swine had witnessed the whole transaction; and as the Master uttered the word "Go," they saw a change in a moment pass through the vast herd. A wild panic seemed to seize the creatures, something: had filled them with a great fear, - they would hurry from the unseen but felt presence; the cool blue waters of the lake, clearly seen from the upland down where they were feeding, seemed to premise the best refuge; they rushed from the plateau down a steep incline, which travellers since think they have identified, and the deep waters or' (Gennesaret put a quick end to the creatures' torments.
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