The Demon-possessed Man Cured

(A)They came to the other side of the sea, into the region of the Gerasenes. When He got out of (B)the boat, immediately a man from the tombs (C)with an unclean spirit met Him. He lived among the tombs; and no one was able to bind him anymore, not even with a chain, because he had often been bound with shackles and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him and the shackles broken in pieces; and no one was strong enough to subdue him. Constantly, night and day, he was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and cutting himself with stones. Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him; and shouting with a loud voice, he *said, “[a](D)What business do You have with me, Jesus, (E)Son of (F)the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!” For He had already been saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” And He was asking him, “What is your name?” And he *said to Him, “My name is (G)Legion, for we are many.” 10 And he begged Him earnestly not to send them out of the region. 11 Now there was a large herd of pigs feeding [b]nearby on the mountain. 12 And the demons begged Him, saying, “Send us into the pigs so that we may enter them.” 13 Jesus gave them permission. And coming out, the unclean spirits entered the pigs; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand of them; and they were drowned in the sea.

14 Their herdsmen ran away and reported it in the city and in the countryside. And the people came to see what it was that had happened. 15 And then they *came to Jesus and *saw the man who had been (H)demon-possessed sitting down, (I)clothed and (J)in his right mind, the very man who had previously had the “(K)legion”; and they became frightened. 16 Those who had seen it described to them how it had happened to the (L)demon-possessed man, and all about the pigs. 17 And they began to (M)beg Him to leave their region. 18 (N)And as He was getting into the boat, the man who had been (O)demon-possessed was begging Him that he might [c]accompany Him. 19 And He did not let him, but He *said to him, (P)Go home to your people and report to them [d]what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.” 20 And he went away and began to (Q)proclaim in (R)Decapolis [e]what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.

Miracles and Healing

21 (S)When Jesus had crossed over again in (T)the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around Him; and He [f]stayed (U)by the seashore. 22 (V)And one of (W)the synagogue [g]officials, named Jairus, *came, and upon seeing Him, *fell at His feet 23 and *pleaded with Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and (X)lay Your hands on her, so that she will [h]get well and live.” 24 And He went off with him; and a large crowd was following Him and pressing in on Him.

25 A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years, 26 and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but instead had become worse— 27 after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His [i]cloak. 28 For she had been saying to herself, “If I just touch His garments, I will [j]get well.” 29 And immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her (Y)disease. 30 And immediately Jesus, perceiving in Himself that (Z)power from Him had gone out, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My garments?” 31 And His disciples said to Him, “You see the crowd pressing in on You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’” 32 And He looked around to see the woman who had done this. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, aware of what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, “Daughter, (AA)your faith has [k]made you well; (AB)go in peace and be cured of your (AC)disease.”

35 While He was still speaking, people *came from the house of the (AD)synagogue official, saying, “Your daughter has died; why bother the Teacher further?” 36 But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, *said to the (AE)synagogue official, (AF)Do not be afraid, only [l]believe.” 37 And He allowed no one to accompany Him except (AG)Peter, [m]James, and John the brother of [n]James. 38 They *came to the house of the (AH)synagogue official, and He *saw a commotion, and people loudly weeping and wailing. 39 And after entering, He *said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child has not died, but is asleep.” 40 And they began laughing at Him. But putting them all outside, He *took along the child’s father and mother and His own companions, and *entered the room where the child was in bed. 41 And taking the child by the hand, He *said to her, “Talitha, kum!” (which translated means, “Little girl, (AI)I say to you, get up!”). 42 And immediately the girl got up and began to walk, for she was twelve years old. And immediately they were completely astonished. 43 And He (AJ)gave them strict orders that no one was to know about this, and He told them to have something given her to eat.

Teaching at Nazareth

(AK)Jesus went out from there and *came into [o](AL)His hometown; and His disciples *followed Him. And when the Sabbath came, He began (AM)to teach in the synagogue; and [p]the (AN)many listeners were astonished, saying, “Where did this man learn these things, and what is this wisdom that has been given to Him, and such [q]miracles as these performed by His hands? Is this not (AO)the carpenter, (AP)the son of Mary and brother of [r]James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are (AQ)His sisters not here with us?” And they took (AR)offense at Him. Jesus said to them, (AS)A prophet is not dishonored except in [s](AT)his hometown and among his own relatives, and in his own household.” And He could not do any [t]miracle there except that He (AU)laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He was amazed at their unbelief.

(AV)And He was going around the villages, teaching.

The Twelve Sent Out

(AW)And (AX)He *summoned the twelve and began to send them out (AY)in pairs, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits; (AZ)and He instructed them that they were to take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff—no bread, no [u]bag, no money in their belt— but [v]to wear sandals; and He added, “Do not wear two [w]tunics.” 10 And He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you [x]leave town. 11 Any place that does not receive you or listen to you, as you go out from there, (BA)shake the dust [y]off the soles of your feet as a testimony against them.” 12 (BB)And they went out and [z]preached that people are to repent. 13 And they were casting out many demons and (BC)were anointing with oil many sick people and healing them.

John’s Fate Recalled

14 (BD)And King Herod heard about it, for His name had become well known; and people were saying, “(BE)John the Baptist has risen from the dead, and that is why these miraculous powers are at work in Him.” 15 But others were saying, “He is (BF)Elijah.” And others were saying, “He is (BG)a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16 But when Herod heard about it, he kept saying, “John, whom I beheaded, has risen!”

17 For Herod himself had sent men and had John arrested and bound in prison on account of (BH)Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, because he had married her. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “(BI)It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19 And (BJ)Herodias held a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death, and could not do so; 20 for (BK)Herod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he had been protecting him. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed; and yet he [aa]used to enjoy listening to him. 21 An opportune day came when Herod, on his birthday, (BL)held a banquet for his nobles and military commanders, and the leading people (BM)of Galilee; 22 and when the daughter of (BN)Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and [ab]his dinner guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you want, and I will give it to you.” 23 And he swore to her, “Whatever you ask of me, I will give it to you, up to (BO)half of my kingdom.” 24 And she went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” 25 Immediately she came in a hurry to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 And although the king was very sorry, because of his oaths and [ac]his dinner guests, he was unwilling to refuse her. 27 Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded him to bring back his head. And he went and beheaded him in the prison, 28 and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard about this, they came and carried away his body, and laid it in a tomb.

30 (BP)The (BQ)apostles *gathered together with Jesus; and they reported to Him all that they had done and taught. 31 And He *said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a little while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and (BR)they did not even have time to eat.) 32 (BS)And they went away in (BT)the boat to a secluded place by themselves.

Five Thousand Men Fed

33 The people saw them going, and many recognized them and ran there together on foot from all the cities, and got there ahead of them. 34 When Jesus went [ad]ashore, He (BU)saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because (BV)they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things. 35 And when it was already late, His disciples came up to Him and said, “[ae]This place is secluded and it is already late; 36 send them away so that they may go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves [af]something to eat.” 37 But He answered them, “You give them something to eat!” (BW)And they *said to Him, “Shall we go and spend two hundred [ag](BX)denarii on bread, and give it to them to eat?” 38 But He *said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go look!” And when they found out, they *said, “Five, and two fish.” 39 And He ordered them all to recline by groups on the green grass. 40 They reclined in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41 And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He (BY)blessed the food and broke the loaves and He gave them to the disciples again and again to set before them; and He divided the two fish among them all. 42 And they all ate and were satisfied; 43 and they picked up twelve full (BZ)baskets of the broken pieces of bread, and of the fish. 44 There were (CA)five thousand [ah]men who ate the loaves.

Jesus Walks on the Water

45 (CB)And immediately Jesus had His disciples get into (CC)the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, to (CD)Bethsaida, while He Himself *dismissed the crowd. 46 And after (CE)saying goodbye to them, He left (CF)for the mountain to pray.

47 When it was evening, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and He was alone on the land. 48 Seeing them [ai]straining at the oars—for the wind was against them—at about the [aj](CG)fourth watch of the night, He *came to them, walking on the sea; and He intended to pass by them. 49 But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they thought that it was a ghost, and they cried out; 50 for they all saw Him and were [ak]terrified. But immediately He spoke with them and *said to them, (CH)Take courage; it is I, (CI)do not be afraid.” 51 Then He got into (CJ)the boat with them, and the wind stopped; and they were utterly astonished, 52 for (CK)they [al]had not gained any insight from the incident of the loaves, but [am]their hearts (CL)were hardened.

Healing at Gennesaret

53 (CM)When they had crossed over they came to land at Gennesaret, and moored at the shore. 54 And when they got out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, 55 and ran about that entire country and began carrying here and there on their pallets those who were sick, [an]to wherever they heard He was. 56 And wherever He entered villages, or cities, or a countryside, they were laying the sick in the marketplaces and imploring Him that they might just (CN)touch (CO)the fringe of His cloak; and all who touched it were being [ao]healed.


  1. Mark 5:7 Lit What to me and to you (an ancient idiom)
  2. Mark 5:11 Lit there
  3. Mark 5:18 Lit be with Him
  4. Mark 5:19 Or everything that
  5. Mark 5:20 Or everything that
  6. Mark 5:21 Lit was by the sea
  7. Mark 5:22 Or rulers
  8. Mark 5:23 Lit be saved
  9. Mark 5:27 Or outer garment
  10. Mark 5:28 Lit be saved
  11. Mark 5:34 Lit saved you
  12. Mark 5:36 Or keep on believing
  13. Mark 5:37 Or Jacob
  14. Mark 5:37 Or Jacob
  15. Mark 6:1 Or His own part of the country
  16. Mark 6:2 One early ms many listeners
  17. Mark 6:2 Or works of power
  18. Mark 6:3 Or Jacob
  19. Mark 6:4 Or his own part of the country
  20. Mark 6:5 Or work of power
  21. Mark 6:8 Or knapsack; or beggar’s bag
  22. Mark 6:9 Lit having tied on
  23. Mark 6:9 A long shirt worn next to the skin
  24. Mark 6:10 Lit go out from there
  25. Mark 6:11 Lit under your feet
  26. Mark 6:12 Or proclaimed as heralds
  27. Mark 6:20 Lit was hearing him gladly
  28. Mark 6:22 Lit those who reclined at the table with him
  29. Mark 6:26 Lit those reclining at the table
  30. Mark 6:34 Lit out
  31. Mark 6:35 Lit The
  32. Mark 6:36 Lit what they may eat
  33. Mark 6:37 The denarius was a day’s wages for a laborer
  34. Mark 6:44 I.e., 5,000 men plus women and children, cf. Matt 14:21
  35. Mark 6:48 Lit tormented in rowing
  36. Mark 6:48 I.e., 3-6 a.m.
  37. Mark 6:50 Or troubled
  38. Mark 6:52 Lit had not understood on the basis of
  39. Mark 6:52 Lit heart was hardened; or their mind was closed, made dull; or insensible
  40. Mark 6:55 Lit where they were hearing that He
  41. Mark 6:56 Lit saved

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