Mark 5:1-20 Bible in Basic English

The Gadarene Demoniac Healed

5 1  And they came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes. 2  And when he had got out of the boat, straight away there came to him from the place of the dead a man with an unclean spirit. 3  He was living in the place of the dead: and no man was able to keep him down, no, not with a chain; 4  Because he had frequently been prisoned in chains and iron bands, and the chains had been parted and the bands broken by him: and no man was strong enough to make him quiet. 5  And all the time, by day and by night, in the place of the dead, and in the mountains, he was crying out and cutting himself with stones. 6  And when he saw Jesus from far off, he went quickly to him and gave him worship; 7  And crying out with a loud voice he said, What have I to do with you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God's name, do not be cruel to me. 8  For Jesus had said to him, Come out of the man, you unclean spirit. 9  And Jesus said, What is your name? And he made answer, My name is Legion, because there are a great number of us. 10  And he made strong prayers to him not to send them away out of the country. 11  Now on the mountain side there was a great herd of pigs getting their food. 12  And they said to him, Send us into the pigs, so that we may go into them. 13  And he let them do it. And the unclean spirits came out and went into the pigs; and the herd went rushing down a sharp slope into the sea, about two thousand of them; and they came to their death in the sea. 14  And their keepers went running and gave an account of it in the town and in the country. And people came to see what had taken place. 15  And they came to Jesus, and saw the man in whom had been the evil spirits seated, clothed and with full use of his senses, and they were full of fear. 16  And those who had seen it gave them an account of what had been done to him who had the evil spirits, and of the fate of the pigs. 17  And they made a request to him to go out of their country. 18  And when he was getting into the boat, the man in whom had been the evil spirits had a great desire to come with him. 19  And he would not let him, but said to him, Go to your house, to your friends, and give them news of the great things the Lord has done for you, and how he had mercy on you. 20  And he went on his way, and made public in the country of Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him: and all men were full of wonder.

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