New Living Translation
So the demons begged, "If you cast us out, send us into that herd of pigs."
King James Bible
So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away 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.
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;'
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
8:31 He said, Go - A word of permission only, not command.
LibraryThe Peace-Bringer in the Spiritual World
'And when He was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. 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? 30. And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. 31. So the devils besought Him, saying, If Thou cast us out, suffer us to go away …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Faith which Christ Praises
The Cross and Crown.
On the Words of the Gospel, Matt. viii. 23, "And when He was Entered into a Boat," Etc.
News about him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed--he healed them all.
"Don't waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don't throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.
There happened to be a large herd of pigs feeding in the distance.
"All right, go!" Jesus commanded them. So the demons came out of the men and entered the pigs, and the whole herd plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned in the water.
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