Matthew 8:34
New International Version
Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.

New Living Translation
Then the entire town came out to meet Jesus, but they begged him to go away and leave them alone.

English Standard Version
And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.

Berean Study Bible
Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to leave their region.

Berean Literal Bible
And behold, all the city went out to meet Jesus. And having seen Him, they begged Him that He would depart from their region.

New American Standard Bible
And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, they implored Him to leave their region.

King James Bible
And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.

Christian Standard Bible
At that, the whole town went out to meet Jesus. When they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.

Contemporary English Version
Everyone in town came out to meet Jesus. When they saw him, they begged him to leave their part of the country.

Good News Translation
So everyone from the town went out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their territory.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
At that, the whole town went out to meet Jesus. When they saw Him, they begged Him to leave their region.

International Standard Version
Then the whole city went out to meet Jesus, and as soon as they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.

NET Bible
Then the entire town came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.

New Heart English Bible
And look, all the city came out to meet Jesus. When they saw him, they begged that he would depart from their borders.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the whole city came out to meet with Yeshua, and when they saw him, they begged him to depart from their borders.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Everyone from the city went to meet Jesus. When they saw him, they begged him to leave their territory.

New American Standard 1977
And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, they entreated Him to depart from their region.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their borders.

King James 2000 Bible
And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their region.

American King James Version
And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they sought him that he would depart out of their coasts.

American Standard Version
And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart from their borders.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And behold the whole city went out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart from their coasts.

Darby Bible Translation
And behold, the whole city went out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged [him] to go away out of their coasts.

English Revised Version
And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart from their borders.

Webster's Bible Translation
And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their borders.

Weymouth New Testament
So at once the whole population came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, they besought Him to leave their country.

World English Bible
Behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus. When they saw him, they begged that he would depart from their borders.

Young's Literal Translation
And lo, all the city came forth to meet Jesus, and having seen him, they called on him that he might depart from their borders.
Study Bible
The Demons and the Pigs
33Those tending the pigs ran off into the town and reported all this, including the account of the demon-possessed men. 34Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to leave their region.
Cross References
Amos 7:12
And Amaziah said to Amos, "Go away, you seer! Flee to the land of Judah; earn your bread there and do your prophesying there,

Mark 5:17
And the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.

Acts 16:39
They came to appease them and led them out, requesting that they leave the city.

Treasury of Scripture

And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they sought him that he would depart out of their coasts.

they besought.

Matthew 8:29
And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

Deuteronomy 5:25
Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more, then we shall die.

1 Samuel 16:4
And Samuel did that which the LORD spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably?







Lexicon
Then
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative 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.

whole
πᾶσα (pasa)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

town
πόλις (polis)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4172: A city, the inhabitants of a city. Probably from the same as polemos, or perhaps from polus; a town.

went out
ἐξῆλθεν (exēlthen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1831: To go out, come out. From ek and erchomai; to issue.

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

meet
ὑπάντησιν (hypantēsin)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5222: A meeting. From hupantao; an encounter or concurrence.

Jesus.
Ἰησοῦ (Iēsou)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2424: Of Hebrew origin; Jesus, the name of our Lord and two other Israelites.

And
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

when they saw
ἰδόντες (idontes)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3708: Properly, to stare at, i.e. to discern clearly; by extension, to attend to; by Hebraism, to experience; passively, to appear.

Him,
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.

they begged [Him]
παρεκάλεσαν (parekalesan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 3870: From para and kaleo; to call near, i.e. Invite, invoke.

to leave
μεταβῇ (metabē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3327: To change my place (abode), leave, depart, remove, pass over. From meta and the base of basis; to change place.

their
αὐτῶν (autōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
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.

region.
ὁρίων (horiōn)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3725: Neuter of a derivative of an apparently primary horos; a boundary-line, i.e. a frontier.
(34) The whole city--i.e., the population of Gadara or Gerasa (more probably the former), according to the reading which we adopt in Matthew 8:28. St. Mark and St. Luke add, that they found the demoniac "clothed, and in his right mind, sitting at the feet of Jesus," in the clinging gratitude of faith. The narrative half suggests the thought that the garment which he now wore as the outward sign of a new self-reverence had been supplied by the pity of the disciples.

Besought him that he would depart.--It was characteristic of the wild, half-heathen population that they were led to look on the Prophet who had wrought so great a work as a Destroyer rather than a Saviour, and therefore shrank from His presence among them. Not so with the demoniac himself. He felt, with a faith which was real, though weak, as if he were only safe while close to his Deliverer. He followed Him to the boat, and as He was in the act of embarking (Mark 5:18), prayed that he might be with Him. But this was not the discipline which was needed for his spiritual health. Retirement, renewed fellowship with his kindred in his own house, the quiet witness borne there that the Lord had had compassion on him--this was better for him than the work of a more avowed discipleship. And so he went his way "proclaiming," or "preaching," what Jesus had done for him--a true evangelist to a people whose panic terror showed that they were as yet in darkness and the shadow of death.

Verse 34. - And, behold. The third of the stages (vers. 29, 32) in this incident that were apparent to all. The whole city; i.e. Khersa, from the parallel passages (ver. 28, note); all the city (Revised Version, though a similar phrase is not altered in ver. 32); πᾶσα ἡ πόλις. Not really less comprehensive, but giving a less vivid representation of one united body than ὅλη ἡ πόλις (Mark 1:33, and especially Luke 8:39); cf. Matthew 4:23, 24, ἐν ὅλῃ τῇ Γαλιλαία εἰς ὅλην τὴν Συριάν. Came out to meet Jesus (εἰς ὑπάντησιν τῷ [Westcott and Hort margin, τοῦ] Ἰησοῦ). A distance of half a mile or so would satisfy the expression. The true reading, ὑπάντησιν (also Matthew 25:1; John 12:13), would seem to suggest the closest proximity (cf. Bishop Lightfoot on ὑπεναντίος Colossians 2:14), while ἀπάντησιν (Matthew 25:6; Acts 28:15; 1 Thessalonians 4:17) connotes a, contrast to the place left. Συνάντησιν, again (Textus Receptus here, and John 12:13, D, el.), emphasizes the thought of companionship. And when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts; from their borders (Revised Version). These Gerasenes, vexed at the loss of wealth, felt, like the demoniacs, that there was nothing in common between themselves and Jesus, but, unlike them, showed no consciousness of sin. Without this he could do nothing for them, so he granted their request (Matthew 9:1). St. Peter also once bade Jesus depart (Luke 5:8), but his reason, "for I am a sinful man, O Lord," showed a heartfelt desire after the deepest union with him. With the ungranted request of the man to remain with Jesus, and his subsequent preaching to these Gerasenes and others (parallel passages), St. Matthew does not concern himself.



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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