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5:1Then they arrived at the other side of the sea, in the region of the Gerasenes.5:2When Jesus disembarked, he was met right away by someone who came from the direction of the graveyard and had an unclean spirit.5:3The graveyard was where he lived, and he could no longer be restrained, even with chains and ankle irons.5:4He was able to break them apart, and no one was strong enough to control him.5:5He stayed night and day among the tombs and mountains, screaming and pounding himself with stones.

5:6When he saw Jesus in the distance, he ran and bowed before him5:7and shouted loudly, “What do you want with me, Jesus, son of the Highest God? Swear by God that you won’t torture me!”5:8(He said this because Jesus had told the unclean spirit to get out of him.)

5:9“What is your name?” Jesus asked.

“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.”5:10And they kept on begging him not to send them out of the area.

5:11There was a large herd of hogs grazing near the mountain,5:12and they begged him, “Send us into the hogs so we can enter them!”5:13He granted permission, and the unclean spirits came out and then entered into the hogs. The whole herd stampeded over the cliff and into the sea; some two thousand of them were drowned.5:14Those who were herding them ran away, and they spread the news throughout the city and country. People came to see what had happened.

5:15Then they all came to Jesus and saw the one who had been possessed by Legion sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid.5:16The ones who saw all this told them what had happened to the possessed person and the hogs.5:17So they started begging Jesus to leave their territory.5:18When he stepped into the boat, the one who had been possessed asked to go along.5:19But Jesus didn’t allow him: ”Go back to your home and your people, and report to them all that the Master has done and how he showed compassion to you.“5:20So he went off to the Ten Cities and proclaimed all that Jesus had done, and they were amazed.

5:21Jesus then took the boat back to the other side, and a large crowd gathered to him by the sea.5:22One of the synagogue rulers by the name of Jairus sees him, and he’s falling at his feet5:23and begging, “My daughter is about to die! Please come and touch her so that she may be restored and live.”5:24So he left with him, followed by a large crowd that pressed in on him from all sides.

5:25Now there was a woman who had suffered from hemorrhaging for twelve years.5:26She had suffered much from many healers and spent everything she had, though none could cure her; in fact, she only got worse.5:27But when she heard about Jesus, she approached him from the crowd behind him and touched the hem of his cloak.5:28For she had said to herself, “If I can just touch his clothing, I will be restored.”5:29And right away the flow of blood stopped, and she could feel that he had healed her body of this scourge.

5:30Right away Jesus knew that his power was going out of him, so he turned around to the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

5:31“The crowd is pressing in all around you,” replied his disciples, “and you want to know who touched you?”

5:32But he kept looking around to see who it was.5:33So the woman, shaking with fear because she knew what had happened to her, came and fell down before him and told him the whole truth.

5:34“Daughter,” he said to her, “Your faith has restored you! Go in peace; be healed from your scourge.”

5:35While he was still speaking, some from the synagogue ruler’s household came and said, “Your daughter has died; there is no further need to bother the teacher.”5:36But Jesus ignored the message and said to the synagogue ruler, “Do not fear; only believe.”5:37He wouldn’t let anyone else follow along except Peter, James, and James’ brother John.

5:38When they arrive at the synagogue ruler’s house, he sees all the turmoil, wailing, and loud sobbing.5:39He comes in and says to them, “Why all this fuss? Why are you crying? The little one is not dead but only sleeping!”5:40They laughed at him, but he makes everyone leave the house except for the little one’s father and mother, and the ones who had come with him.

5:41He takes the little girl by the hand and says to her, “Talitha, koum!” (which means, “Young girl, I tell you to arise!”).5:42Right away he helped up the young girl and she walked around (she was about twelve years old)! They were all completely beside themselves and totally amazed.5:43But he cautioned them not to say anything about this, and he told them to give her something to eat.