A Legion of Demons Cast Out
Interwoven Gospels

And they came unto the other side of the sea to the territory of the Gadarenes and landed in the district of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. And when He came forth out of the boat on the land, there met Him a man possessed with demons, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass along that way.

And behold, he cried out, saying, "What business hast Thou with us, Jesus, Thou Son of the Most High God? Hast Thou come here to torment us before the appointed time?" The man, from the city Gadara, with an unclean spirit, had for a long time worn no clothing, and he abode not in a house, but had his dwelling in the tombs; and no one could any more bind him, not even with a chain: because many times the demon had seized him, and he had often been kept under guard, bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been burst asunder by him and the fetters broken in pieces, and he was driven by the demon into the deserts; and no one was able to subdue him. And continually, night and day, in the tombs and in the mountains, he was crying out, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and prostrated himself before Him; and crying out with a loud voice, he said, "What business hast Thou with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beseech Thee and adjure Thee by God, torment me not." For He was charging the unclean spirit to come out of the man and was saying to him, "Come forth, thou unclean spirit, out of the man."

Then Jesus asked him, "What is thy name?" And he saith to Him, "My name is Legion; because we are many," for many demons had entered into him. And he besought Him much that He would not send them away out of the country. And they entreated Him that He would not command them to depart into the abyss. Now there was at a distance from them on the mountain side, a great herd of many swine feeding. And the demons besought Him, saying, "If Thou cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine, that we may enter into them."

And He gave them leave, and said to them, "Go." Then the demons, going out from the man, entered into the swine; and behold, the whole herd, about two thousand, rushed down the steep hillside into the lake and perished in the waters.

Now when those who fed them saw what had taken place, they fled, and going away into the city, they reported everything in the city and in the country, and what had befallen them that were possessed with demons. And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus and to see what it was that had taken place.

And they came to Jesus and found the man, him that had the legion, from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. And they who saw it related to them how he who had been possessed with demons was delivered, also concerning the swine. And all the multitude of the surrounding region of the Gerasenes besought Him to depart from their borders, for they were seized with great terror. And as He was entering into the boat, the man from whom the demons had gone out begged Him that he might be with Him. But He sent him away and suffered him not, saying to him, "Go, return to thy house, to thy own people, and tell them how great things God hath done for thee, and how the Lord had compassion on thee."

And he departed and began to publish in Decapolis, and throughout the whole city, how great things Jesus had done for him; and all wondered.

Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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