Matthew 8:31
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.”

Berean Study Bible
So the demons begged Jesus, “If You drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”

Berean Literal Bible
And the demons were begging 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
So the demons begged Jesus, "If you force us out, please send us into those pigs!"

Good News Translation
So the demons begged Jesus, "If you are going to drive us out, send us into that herd of pigs."

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."

New Heart English Bible
And the demons begged him, saying, "If you cast us out, permit us to go away 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."

New American Standard 1977
And the demons began to entreat Him, saying, “If You are going to cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.”

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;'
Study Bible
The Demons and the Pigs
30In the distance a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31So the demons begged Jesus, “If You drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” 32“Go!” He told them. So they came out and went into the pigs, 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 acute pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed--and He healed them.

Matthew 7:6
Do not give dogs what is holy; do not throw your pearls before swine. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

Matthew 8:30
In the distance a large herd of pigs was feeding.

Matthew 8:32
"Go!" He told them. So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the waters.

Treasury of Scripture

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

Mark 5:7,12
And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not…

Luke 8:30-33
And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him…

Revelation 12:12
Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.







Lexicon
So
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

the
οἱ (hoi)
Article - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

demons
δαίμονες (daimones)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1142: An evil-spirit, demon. From daio; a d?Mon or supernatural spirit.

begged
παρεκάλουν (parekaloun)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 3870: From para and kaleo; to call near, i.e. Invite, invoke.

[Jesus],
αὐτὸν (auton)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

“If
Εἰ (Ei)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

You drive us out,
ἐκβάλλεις (ekballeis)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1544: To throw (cast, put) out; I banish; I bring forth, produce. From ek and ballo; to eject.

send us
ἀπόστειλον (aposteilon)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 649: From apo and stello; set apart, i.e. to send out literally or figuratively.

into
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

the
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

herd
ἀγέλην (agelēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 34: A flock, herd. From ago; a drove.

of pigs.”
χοίρων (choirōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 5519: A swine, hog, sow. Of uncertain derivation; a hog.
(31) So the devils besought him.--As St. Mark gives the words, "that He should not send them out of the country," or district, in which they were; as in St. Luke's report, "that He would not command them to go out into the deep," i.e., the abyss, the "bottomless pit" of Revelation 9:1-2; Revelation 9:11. The words of the man are as those of the demons with whom he identifies himself. He shrinks from the thought of wandering in dry places, "seeking rest, and finding none" (Matthew 12:43), or being compelled to flee, like Asmodeus, into "the utmost parts of Egypt" (Tobit 8:3), or, worst fate of all, to be sent into the "abyss," which was the ultimate doom of evil. And so he, as one with them, suggests another alternative: "If Thou cast us out, send us into the herd of swine. If the power to terrify and disturb men is taken from us, let us, at least, retain the power to destroy brutes."

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.
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